Friday, February 1, 2013

ポハラ・マラエ Pohara Marae in Maungatautari

English translation below:

After leaving the Hatepe marae (meeting house) in Taupo, we went on to Maungatautari where Lee Anne Muntz hosted us at her marae, called Pohara. Bentham Ohiam and Kate Cherrington, who Akemi Shimada met during the Advancement of Maori Opportunity Ambassador Program, and their family members were also our hosts at Pohara. We only spent one night, but we were able to learn a variety things about Maori culture, thoughts on nature, the Aroha spirit, cooking while relaxing in comfortable environment surrounded by nature. At night, Kate tought us the song Te Aroha:

Te Aroha
Te Whakapono
Me te rangimarie
Tātou, tātou e

The words mean "Love, faith and peace be amongst us all."  As were were only able to come to Aotearoa with all of the Maori support we have been receiving and the strength of other people along the way, the message in this song resonated with us deeply.

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