Otane, Orongonui, Mauri, Hongongoi, Hotoke
“Kōrero rātou mō te rarā o te whatitiri, me te mura o te uira e kōhikohiko ana….”
Thunder, rain and lightening were important tohu for our tupuna. Proverbs galore are recited with the elements incorporated as metaphors.
Rain is good for the soul to find solace and peace. Rain cleanses and purifies. Rain helps to remove distractions and helps you focus on the task at hand…. Just don’t stand still too long in the rain, better to keep moving quietly and dry off immediately after you are finished.
The importance of the season of winter is crucial to a prosperous year. Winter brings cleansing and rest. It brings time to share and learn. Winter is the time of knowledge and philosophy. It’s the time to debate and sort out disputes. It’s the time to plan your environmental year ahead. Our sustenance as Maori comes from our environment. Our organic relationship with our environment is an emotional connection with our tupuna through our connection to our whenua , moana and nga here. It why the purpose of kaitiakitanga is so valued.
The final winter month of Here turi koka begins in 4 nights, Matariki celebrations are finished for us, so use the next month wisely to plan ahead and achieve your goals for this new year.
Ihumatao tu tonu
c) Rueben Taipari