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Pieces to Ponder

Whatever you are facing in life:

Kia kaha whanau whānui    Piri pono   

Be strong    Be trusting

Recommended Reading

Ngā Uruora The Groves of Life: Ecology and History in a New Zealand Landscape, by Geoff Park.

This book was originally published in 1995 and I borrowed if from the library and read it around that time. It is a classic that I was keen to reread two decades on and lots of new discoveries for myself in the interim. I found it had been republished by Victoria University Press  in its VUP Classic series.

Polynesia 900-1600: An Overview of Aotearoa, Rēkohu, and Rapa Nui, by Madi Williams 

I borrowed this from the local library having spotted in their catalogue among the books that had been ordered. The “Middle Ages” is a term that has been entirely Eurocentric.  This little book does much to shift personal perspective and enable the reader to start to imagine our location in the Pacific in terms of its own history and not predominantly by what was introduced from the other side of the world from the 18th century on.

Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Third Edition, Zed Books, 2021. 

It is said that this in a pre-requisite for anyone who is doing research in relation to indigenous people. I’d say it is a pre-requisite for any of us wanting to do something about the colonized framework in which all our systems – political, (dominant) cultural, social, psychological, theological… – operate.

Listening to the People of the Land: Christianity, Colonisation and the Path to Redemption, edited by Susan Healy, published in 2019 by Pax Christi.

A wonderful collection of writing that can help Pākehā in particular in “Getting Behind Colonial Myths” – the title of the first part. 

Part 2 presents some “Works of Conversion”, the Programme on Racism and the efforts of the Methodist and Anglican Churches.  Part 3 is about “Listening, Dialogue, Learning”.


“To be truly visionary we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond that reality.” 
bell hooks, Feminism Is for Everybody

Interesting Links

Tui Motu InterIslands

The March 2022 has the theme Hearing the Cry of the Poor
Listen and Keep Heart by Ann Gilroy
Companions in Winter by Chris Farrelly
The Power of the Dazzle by Sr Kath Rushton
Becoming a Neighbour by Shar Mathias
Listen and Respond by Mary Thorne

The February 2022 has the theme of He Wāhi Hou Our New Normal

Sr Kath Rushton’s Bible reflection features in a Facebook link: Blessed and Responsive 
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Worship, preaching and song from Aotearoa New Zealand.
With Silvia Purdie – spirituality, ecotheology, life in all its abundance.

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Pristine, Popular, and Imperilled

New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner’s report released in late 2019

A comment to me is hopefully true: this was probably going to gather dust on a shelf, but in the situation we are in now, maybe it will be made good use of.

It speaks of the vulnerability of tourism to pests and diseases. Covid-19 has proved the point. The recovery of sustainable tourism is now a livelihood issue that can not be ignored.

Worth a read. And roll on Commissioner Simon Upton’s planned follow up report.