Aroha: Maori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet, by Hinemoa Elder
This book came to us highly recommended, and it did not disappoint. It was an easy read and for those of us who listened to it we had the extra pleasure of listening to Hinemoa read it to us in her New Zealand accent and hear Maori spoken which was a treat!
Full of personal stories, but not ego driven it was easy to find parts of this book that resonated with where we were each at. The weaving of story through the 52 whakataukī / proverbs was well done, it reminded us all of home and connected us to each small section of the book. It made us think a little more about the heritage of our country, and our impact on the planet.
As this book was broken down into 52 sections it was easy to dip in and out of the book with ease and it was a book that we all thought we would come back to and gift to friends. Those of us you came together to talk over the book pulled out a few of our favorite whakataukī: