I have long adhered to one question I constantly ask myself, In what way does this benefit my people? It is a question that has held me in good stead as I will never support anything that is not good for my people. This question is part of navigational tools I use to map the course and take my bearings giving me a steady hand on the helm.
I value my culture and as such live to see it lived to its fullest. When the waka takes its self off course the foundations of my culture becomes the guiding star that leads. My people celebrate life and our culture in quite wonderous ways. Doing this by waiata (song) and Kapahaka (dance) the people gather together as one. There is a sense of belonging that fills the senses as does the sound and movement fill the soul-stirring ancient connections that move one beyond the ordinary and into the extraordinary where manna loves and breathes freely.
To follow or mimic another culture especially one that has caused such suffering as that done to our people is beyond my comprehension. I urge our people to be who they are always for it is a greatness that is theirs alone and should never be positioned to be replaced by that of a culture that has not been good for our people. To allow such folly is to continue the downward spiral of manna being destroyed and surely there is nothing to celebrate in that.
Rather I would see the people celebrate their way of being and gathered as one for there is truth in that and always in truth there is manna. It is this which shall never fail them.
God Bless you my people