Thursday, February 7, 2013

ホキアンガ湾 Hokianga Bay

   On the way back to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa from Waitangi, we paid a short visit to Hokianga Bay. Our coordinator, Eddie Walker, told us about the history of the bay. This is the place where Maori first stepped foot on Aotearoa when coming from Hawaiki thousands of years ago. Kupe was the name of the elder that first came, and when he arrived, he believed that he would not be able to live on this land until he developed a spirit as strong as the one that he felt here. He went back to Hawaiki, exhumed the remains of his ancestors, and buried them throughout the bay area. This strengthened the sacredness and power of the Maori spirit enough so that they could live on Aotearoa.
   At first we were simply overwhelmed by the beauty of our surroundings, but after hearing Eddie's explanation, we saw Hokianga Bay in a completely different light. We were able to catch a glimpse of the Maori world view which places a high importance Maori ancestors and spirituality.

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