Category: Covenant

New Zealand History

What a fascinating and potentially heart-warming piece of news: Finally, New Zealand history is going to be compulsory in New Zealand schools. Akoranga (learners) across the nation are going to be taught about the histories of our diverse nation. Obviously, featuring in that teaching and learning will be the history of Moriori. Their pacifist existence, their origins, beliefs, tapu and manawa ka. As a people with a well documented pre-contact history and devastating post-contact history, the history and story of Te Imi Moriori provides a different perspective into our sometimes darker past, but also into a message of hope and determination that all Kiwis would recognise. Alas, nowhere in the media releases, or quoted conversations do we see any mention…

Me Rongo Declaration 2011

The Me Rongo Congress 2011 aimed to reunite people involved in the World March and the Tofino Peace gathering as well as others involved in peace-making or who have peace-making traditions, on Rēkohu in November 7-21, 2011. At the opening of the Me Rongo 2011 Congress the covenant of peace was renewed and reaffirmed by all delegates. In renewing this ancient covenant we are conscious that peace is as precious and much needed today in the modern world as it was for our ancestors. The challenge left to us by our karāpuna is whether we can learn to live together peacefully and share what we have, respecting each other and the environment that we live in. The alternatives facing this…