Ever realised that you live in one of the most beautiful places in the world but you truly don’t know that…in a way.
Have you ever swam in your river but that’s the only part you’ve ever explored?
Have you ever taken a photo of your maunga but that’s the only angle you’ve ever seen it from?
Have you ever lay in your wharenui looking up at the kowhaiwhai, ran your fingers across the tukutuku, looked at the pou but that’s the only understanding you have of them?
Have you ever??????
I challenge you. Honestly I challenge you. One day go a little further up your awa, climb your maunga just a little higher, spend more time in your whare and get to know your tipuna a little more.
There is no better feeling than feeling like you have somewhere you belong. And why do you belong? Because you truly know who you are. You know the mountains your tipuna lived on, you know the rivers that they drank from, you know the art form that they are now.