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… Read More »Water and Livelihood
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… Read More »A Māori Girl from Gore?
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… Read More »Assessing Change
For my nephew who can be wise without using many words. “Too much time on your hands – you need to make more jam”. Well the apricot season is over and we’re now in a world where there is much… Read More »Memory and Place
I’ve moved location very recently. Back to the home place, my ūkaipō, but away from my home of the last 15 years, the community, the whanau whānui, where I came to belong and felt totally and utterly connected. The choice… Read More »Dislocation – Disconnection