We, the peoples of moana nui, connected by the currents of our ocean home,
declare that we will not cooperate with the commodification of life and land.
We invoke our rights to free, prior and informed consent.
We choose cooperative trans-Pacific dialogue, action, advocacy, and solidarity
between and amongst the peoples of the Pacific, rooted in traditional cultural practices and wisdom.
E mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono. A mama. Ua noa.
adapted from the closing statement of the Moana Nui 2011 conference
If you must feel tortured
Respect your misery
And be happy about it
Only the nonsensical is
At ease with the Absolute
“I don’t want to hear your philosophy if you cannot grow corn.” Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabekwe Ojibwe
Interesting submission! Nice pictures and some food for thought! :)
Beautiful shot, wouldn’t mind being there right now! :)
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So I’ve been up to see Wairere Falls before but never managed to get to the top. The half way point seemed good enough, haha. But this time I wanted to get to the top. It was a great day and, compared to the other couple of times I have walked up there, it seemed easier this time. Add on an extra 40 mins and we were at the top!!!
You can see right over Matamata and the surrounding towns far below and stand on a platform, of sorts, that sits next to the waterfall so you can see down where the lookout point is half way up. I can really believe I didn’t go all the way up before but I will be doing it again before I go!!!
It’s 2 weeks until the families new Au Pair arrives, which seems crazy, and then I will have all of 2 weeks ish to help her settle in and sort my stuff out before heading back to Waiuku for Christmas!!
I’m not sure what will happen in between. Hopefully I can finish sorting out some travelling down to the south island but come May, when I need to leave the country, I will be flying to America to start a new year as an Au Pair!! No details on where yet. !’m hoping for California, hehe, but I’m filling in the application and putting down plans to get my visa sorted while I search for a family. I’m on to the next adventure and so excited but it’s hard to see other people leave and leave others behind. :) One day I will be back and hopefully when I turn up on their doorsteps, they’ll remember me, haha.
Great view, and good luck in America!
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11 Years Ago
Kare Kare 2001, photo taken by Arwen McMahon.
Spectacular hearts running and leaping through the raw light of day.
This brilliant day.
Over the Sea and far away
my love waits for me
before my feet are on
before my heart breathes in
her blissful spirit.
The Earth smiling for us
for she too knows
what it means.
The stars laughing
Their inner child
Kellie Jagoe 2012
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