"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts

Until we have legislation adopted into law to ensure fiduciary accountability and transparency in public affairs we will continue to have human rights breached because the existing crown immunity and lack of any independent oversight invites corruption to flourish.


"Question authority, and think for yourself" - Timothy Leary


"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts


"Information is the currency of democracy" - Thomas Jefferson


‎"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." - Margaret Mead

"The truth is like a lion, you don't have to defend it. Let it loose, it will defend itself."

"I = m c 2 [squared] where "I" am information" - Timothy Leary

"Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen


"The internet is a TV that watches you" - Edward Snowden

Friday, December 21, 2012

Pepeha:


Ko Ngapuhi te iwi - Ngapuhi is my people
Ko Rakaumaungamaunga te maunga - Rakaumaungamaunga is the mountain
Ko Waitangi te awa - Waitangi is the water
Ko te rau aroha te waka - The plume of love is the vessel
Ko Ngati Kuta te hapu - Ngati Kuta is my family
Ko Rawhiti te marae - Rawhiti is my marae
Ko Katherine Raue töku ingoa - My name is Katherine Raue  


Te Whare Tapu O Ngapuhi

Puhanga Tohora (Whale spume) looks to Te Ramaroa a Kupe (Kupe's eternal beacon); 

Te Ramaroa looks to Whiria (Plaited), the taproots of strife, and the bastion of Rahiri (Ngapuhi's founding ancestor);

Whiria looks at Panguru and Papata - to where the trees lean, standing in the westerly winds; 

Panguru-Papata - looks at Maungataniwha (the Taniwha mountain range), 

Maungataniwha looks at Tokerau (Hundred worms or north) 

Tokerau - looks at Rakaumangamanga (multi branched tree);

Rakaumangamanga - looks at Manaia (named after an ancestor Manaia);

Manaia - looks at Tutamoe; and 

Tutamoe looks at Puhanga Tohora.

My beautiful, visionary, tupuna, Ene Rewha Parkes
                                                                               
My grandmother was Pearl Parkes, the beloved wife of Macquarie Parkes, who was the grandson of Wiremu Parkes and Rea Rewha.  Macquarie Parkes looked after both Pearl and her sister, my aunt Edna Kasper, who were from a Dalmatian family, as well as raising my mother, who was whangai, adopted.  I remember their house always being full of love and peace and happiness, I loved staying there as a child, and with my other grandparents, Maria and Ron Raue.  All my grandparents lived in Auckland, where I was born.  Macquarie and Pearl Parkes loved, honoured and respected each other all the days of their lives.



At the time registration 6:15 in this video, Te Aroha Rewha tells the story of how our tupuna Ene Rewha Parkes honoured the remains of the family retainers that Wiremu Parkes and Rea Rewha brought home with them when they returned to Rawhiti from Thursday Island, to help care for their many children, indigenous people  from Thursday Island, who faithfully served our family for many years.  Ene took their remains and buried them inside the urupa in defiance of the wishes of some others, honouring these people from far away, and honouring her mother and father, and honouring the Good/God that lives inside each one of us.  It's a very special place, that urupa.  A deep red coloured rose grows from the grave of my great great grandmother Rea Rewha, it grows along the ground, and like loving arms it embraces many of the other headstones in the urupa, the whole place is full of such aroha (love).

Our bodies are galaxies, existing in the Universe, and the theory of harmonic resonance is the key to understanding how to stay in tune with the Universe and within ourselves, we're made of stardust, and the theory of reincarnation is fully supported by science, it's a simple matter of matter and energy, and Harmony and Unity.  And family, time (history) and place.  Turangawaewae.

Kia hora te marino 
Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana. 
Kia tere karohirohi i mua i tou huarahi. 

May calm be spread around you, may the sea glisten like greenstone, and the shimmer of summer dance across your path...



We've left behind us the end of the last cycle of the Mayan calendar now, and passed through into a new Age - the Age of Enlightenment.


Robert Ruha wrote this beautiful, beautiful waiata to honour his own tupuna:

















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