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PUBLISHED: 24th October 2016
ISBN: 9780947503147
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PUBLISHED: 24th October 2016
ISBN: 9780947503147

Publisher Description

Pearls of wisdom contained in proverbs - whakatauk I - have been gifted from generation to generation as an intrinsic part of the Maori world. As powerful metaphors, they combine analogy and cultural history in the most economical of words. Short and insightful, they surprise, engendering reflection, learning and personal growth. Mauri Ora links whakatauk I to key personal virtues idealised across cultures and generations. The virtues - wisdom, courage, compassion, integrity, self-mastery and belief - stem from the science of positive psychology; the study of how to live a better life. Illustrated throughout with wonderful photographs from an old world, this book draws on traditional wisdom to provide a recipe for personal effectiveness and leadership, and a rewarding connection of Maori knowledge to contemporary thinking about personal happiness and fulfilment.

Author Biography

PETER ALSOP grew up in Rotorua with a curiosity about te ao Maori, the Maori world. His work in Wellington, across the public and private sectors, included meeting his Ng-aati Porou wife, Airihi Mahuika, daughter of Poihipi/Bussy (1925-2004). Being married by Bussy's younger brother Api (1934-2015), in Tikitiki's St Mary's Church (itself a tribute to Apirana Ngata) was a very special event. Hearing Api's beautiful public oratory also built life-changing memories and a spirited call for a meaningful contribution to the greater good. With four young kids and a senior executive role, Peter somehow finds time as a night-time author to pursue his creative dreams. This is his sixth book celebrating important cultural legacies of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Peter also exhibited a collection of whakatauk- I/proverb paintings in 2006. TE RAUMAWHITU KUPENGA, Te Rau, belongs to Ng- ati Porou, from the East Coast of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Te Rau received a privileged upbringing by his mother and his mother's kin, who fostered in him a lifelong passion for tribal cultural knowledge. Having enjoyed a career in the law, as well as holding senior positions in the private and public sectors, Te Rau's key focus these days is on tribal development. His favourite pastime is spending time with his three children and fostering in them a love of their cultural heritage.

Product Details

Peter Alsop, Te Raumawhitu Kupenga
Potton & Burton
Publication Date
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Short Title
Mauri Ora
Wisdom from the Maori World

Product Reviews

07 Jan, 2021
Love it thank you
By Julie
07 Jan, 2021
Beautitiful gift
By Irene
23 Apr, 2019
By Pip
05 Apr, 2019
Lovely book, perfect coffee table material
By Katie
22 Feb, 2019
A wonderful uplifting publication and a great resource. Kia ora
By Tina
05 Feb, 2019
Brilliant inspiring insights
By Jonathan
08 Jan, 2019
By Marilyn
04 Jan, 2019
A stunning book
By Kiri
23 Dec, 2018
The person I gifted this book to said they loved the Kaupapa, variety of whakatauki and illustrations used.
By Karen
04 Nov, 2018
Beautiful book
By Mirella
25 Oct, 2018
By Manuela
19 Oct, 2018
Beautifully bound and presented with a treasure trove of proverbs.
By Sue
17 Oct, 2018
Love this book
By Kristen
09 Oct, 2018
Beautifully presented collection of whakatauki.
By Natalie
27 Sep, 2018
Gorgeous book!
By Imogen
04 Sep, 2018
a really valuable book for our early childhood centre
By Robyn
25 Mar, 2018
By Trinity