Source of Blessings for Sharing   

Puna Ngākau

Wellspring


Above all else, watch over your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Kia pau ōu mahara ki te tiaki i tōu ngākau; nō reira hoki ngā putanga o te ora.

Proverbs 4:23

He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai.

If compassion is shown, compassion you will receive.

Introducing Robyn
Celebrant, Kaikarakia, Ambulance Officer, mentor, and advocate for well-being

I have received so much from the wellspring of life and want that spring to keep flowing onto others.  “Puna ngākau” is a term offered by a kuia-mentor in Te Tai Tokerau.  What I offer here comes  from the heart and from all that has been given to me.  

Having lived in recent years in the Far North, we are again immersing ourselves among our own maunga, awa, and moana, and people of Central Otago. 

Awhi atu awhi mai.

Offerings

Ceremonies, karakia, blessings

Services for the everyday and the special occasions

Editing and proofreading

Helping people find their voice

Reflections

Take a moment for reflection to draw from the wellspring for your heart.

A selection of pieces to ponder that have given me pause and encouragement, raised the spirits or just got me thinking.

Like an art gallery, this is my curation – every now and then there are new things to look at.

Robyn's Ramblings

Some of my own thoughts….

Robyn’s Ramblings began as my comment for the regular church newsletter. In each place I worked as minister, the newsletter went out to a wide group of people, some closely involved in church, many not so involved. The focus was always on real stuff for real people.

The challenge to offer something has been good for me and, to my surprise, so has the feedback. So I want to keep sharing, to keep challenging myself in case there are people out there who are interested. More than that, I do hope people will pick up on my thoughts and respond with comments.

I’ve learned most by interacting with people, especially people questioning me or pulling me up on some aspect I hand’t thought of, or even known about.

We learn from one another and I know I have learnt more from people than anywhere else. Book learning talk me how to think, how to process well what I see and hear, what I do and feel. People have taught me about life.

Water and Livelihood

Ko Tapuwai-o-Uenuku te Maunga - Benio, Eastern Southland looking towards the Blue Mountains E kore te wai, e kore te tangata.No water, no people.This has been the big issue at centre of attention in every community I’ve worked in and in conversations at International Rural Churches conferences: water. How crucial

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A Māori Girl from Gore?

A good friend in the North, Wimutu Te Whiu, would often refer to me on local Marae as "the Māori girl from Gore".  True, I was born in Gore, but I can't claim any ancestry other than Scottish, Irish, and a little bit of English.  Nā Kotirangi, Airangi hoki ngā

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Assessing Change

Were they the good old days? I've been asked to write something about how the organisation I have served in has changed since 1990.  After 32 years I have now retired, leaving the tasks of ministry and leadership to "the younger generation".   Certainly a good time to reflect. But also

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