WEEK 2 [HOMEWORK]
This week we translate the famous whakatauaki from Apirana Ngata and relate it to ourselves and our purpose for learning Te Reo Maori me ona tikanga. (Wikipedia Maori Apirana Ngata and Wikipedia general Apirana Ngata). We learned about this whakatauaki in Te Ataarangi so I was sort of familiar with it. I wrote it up on the kitchen wall to live with it for a week and consider how it applies to me. We are also to think about how swapping lines 3 and 5 might apply to the world today. The same whakatauaki also cropped up in a conversation I had this week with another parent at Kohanga, whereby she related it to a decision in her whanau. I was amazed at this coincidence, and heartened to see people apply it to their lives.
Breaking it down…
Many people display their ‘rakau a te Pakeha’ outwardly. People can be defined as or judged by what they have achieved, gathered, or gained in their lives more so than by their inner qualities and tikanga values.
How it applies to me?
While the whakatauki splits into 3 ahua: tinana, ngakau and wairua, I think the whakatauaki suggests an inter-relatedness should occur in these things. It suggests growth, which should occur in all of these areas too. Concurrent to the ongoing development of my work, my education, and my family life, my life should outwardly reflect those aspects of ao maori; nurturing the language, the people, family, land. Being hospitable. Using waiata, karakia, te reo in everyday life.