Monthly Archives: May 2014

My place to stand

Maori (New Zealand’s indigenous peoples) have a concept Turangawaewae.

Tūrangawaewae is one of the most well-known and powerful Māori concepts. Literally tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet), it is often translated as ‘a place to stand’. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.

Since the death of both my parents and now more recently the death of my brother, the place of my first months of life has increasingly become my Turangawaewae.

On a recent visit to Greytown, Wairarapa I went down River Road that leads from the house I lived in to the banks of the Waiohine River.
The river was grey-blue and running reasonably fast due to rain falling in the nearby mountains.
The trees on the banks were in autumn colours but the white light and heavy cloud dimmed those on this visit.

My mountain was somewhere amidst these mists.
The rain was falling steadily but it was a time to pause and reflect, to absorb the feelings of connection, and foundation.

A place to draw strength from this land beneath my feet and then continue along my life’s road.


Asking for Assistance

My blog friend Ruth has asked for her readers to like the Avon Loop Facebook page. Some of my readership may have connections to Christchurch and this special part of that city. I’m happy to reblog her post.

Ruth's Reflections

The Avon Loop area in Christchurch is a beautiful and historic part of the central city with a proud tradition of neighbourhood collaboration.  Since the earthquakes we’ve lost two thirds of our residents, and those who remain are struggling to maintain a supportive community. We’ve started a Facebook page for people who live in and/or care about our area.  Some more “Likes” would help tremendously, so this is a plea for my blog readers to please ‘like’ the Avon Loop Facebook page.   The occasional comment would also be very much appreciated.

“I hope that you will take a look
and LIKE the Loop page on Facebook.”

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