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Maori wisdom for a contented life

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Discover the ancient the wisdom of Maori for contented life lived in harmony with our planet.

In her latest book ‘Aroha: Maori Wisdom for a Contented Life Lived in Harmony with our Planet,’ Dr. Hinomoa Elder has brought together 52 ‘Whakatauki’ – pearls of traditional Maori wisdom which provide life lessons, guidance and notes of caution which stem from old-time Maori story telling. Sections include ‘Care, respect and kindness towards others and ourselves’ and ‘Love for our world.’

Dr. Elder is a forensic psychiatrist and former television presenter. She is a professor in indigenous research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and sits on the Māori Advisory Committee of the Centre for Brain Research – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa. She is of English and Māori descent, from Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri and Ngāpuhi iwi (Source: Wikipedia).

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  1. Sadly shows that a people’s wisdom does not prevent them from being slaughtered by the neigbour clan.
    Pretty much the case nowadays, especially if that ‘clan’ ought to have humanity at the core of wisdom, and especially if it’s your own clan’s government who does the manslaughter.

  2. “forensic psychiatrist”
    Now – there is a term to strike fear into the hearts of anyone who has made diigent inquiry into the success rate of psychiatrc “medicine”!
    “NASA scientists can fire a rocket into the sky and have its payload land on Mars – the equivalent of kicking a ball in Athens and it entering a specific window in Manhattan that stays open only for 60 seconds every three months” – Dimitrios Michmizos
    Neuroscientist & Writer.
    A psychiatrist cannot predict a patient’s behaviour a nano-second after he/she leaves his office.
    Sadly this snake-oil salesmanship has infected mainstream medicine – even the Lancet says so:
    “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”

  3. This is funny. Before the colonials arrived, Maori wiped out 36 native species in New Zealand. Then they went on to kill, between 1800 and 1840, half of the population of Maori. This was Maori killing Maori. All things considered, is this evidence of harmony and a contented life? Honestly, it’s just a sick joke. This kind of spin on Maori life is reaching epidemic proportions. I wonder why?

    • Why do people persist in claling NZ a British colony? If they bothered for 5 seconds to study the treaty they would realise that the treaty, far from reducing NZ to a colony, made it a Dominon with the same rights as Wales, England, Scotled and the then Ireland. NZ NEVER was a colony post treaty, all signatories to the treaty became Britsh citizens. NZ never was a colony the various treaty ports becoem British territy upon the signing of the treaty.


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