Story: Te Ao Mārama – the natural world

Āpirana Ngata gives a speech

Āpirana Ngata gives a speech

In 1950, Ngāti Porou leader Sir Āpirana Ngata gave a whaikōrero on the Raukawa marae at Ōtaki, on the centennial of the Rangiātea Church. Whaikōrero (oratory) represents the separation of the earth and sky, to allow the sun to shine into the world. If the speaker’s words are worthy, they bring the listeners from conflict to peace and resolution.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Ao Mārama – the natural world - The traditional Māori world view', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007