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  • Shay McEwan

Ngāi Tauira: Aroha Aotearoa

Welcome to the mystical lands of Aotearoa, where love isn’t just a feeling, it’s a way of life. Māori, with a culture that is so rich in tradition and teeming with love in every way shape and form, have perfected the art of spreading Aroha far and wide! Come along for this whirlwind journey through the Māori perspective on love that'll leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside!

First things first, Aroha isn't your run-of-the-mill lovey-dovey stuff, It’s a whole vibe! From tight-knit bonds of whānau to the camaraderie of mates sharing a laugh over a cold brew. Aroha is more than a feeling: it’s a sacred energy that flows through the veins of the earth, coursing through the rivers, mountains, and forests of New Zealand. It is the heartbeat of Papatūānuku, and the breath of Tāne Mahuta, echoing through the ages and nurturing all life with its boundless embrace.

Think of Aroha as the ultimate love potion, brewed with a secret recipe passed down through generations. In Te Ao Māori, love isn't just expressed through sweet nothings whispered in the dark (although that's part of it!). It's about action, baby! It's the glue that holds families together, the spark that ignites communities, and the fuel that drives positive change in the world. You're at a hui with your closest mates, the kai is endless, the waiata are ringing out, and the laughter is contagious: that is what we call Manaakitanga—spreading love and kindness through good vibes and good company. Let's not forget about the power of music and dance! Whether you're belting out tunes around the campfire or busting out your best moves at a hui, there's nothing quite like expressing love through the magic of music and movement. 

Love isn't just confined to human relationships. Oh no! It extends to the land itself— Papatūānuku is the ultimate matchmaker. Gazing at the stars on a clear night, taking a stroll through the bush hand in hand, there's no shortage of romantic spots to cozy up with your loved one and soak in the Aroha. The majestic mountains, the pristine rivers, and the lush forests that make Aotearoa the paradise it is. So next time you find yourself in the great outdoors, take a moment to soak in the Aroha and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you.

From sharing a hearty feast with friends to welcoming strangers with open arms, we know how to throw down when it comes to showing love. 

So, there you have it, love, Māori style! It's about embracing Aroha, spreading joy wherever you go, and having the time of your life while you're at it. So, whether you're sharing a laugh with your mates, dancing under the stars, or simply taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of the world around you, remember to let the Aroha flow and keep the good times rolling! 


Noho ora mai, 

Shay McEwan.

Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Te Whanau a Kai, Ngāti Pāhauwera


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