E ngā iwi taketake o te whenua nei, tēnei te mihi maioha ki a koutou i whakamārama mai ōu whakaaro, āu mahi, hei whakapakari ai tō ao. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, erangi he toa takimano. Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa.
Ka huri atu ahau ki a rātou ō tātou tūpuna i rere atu i te ao, i te pō. Nā rātou i tuku mai ngā taonga tuku iho, ka tiaki ai ngā uri whakaheke o te ao nei. Ehara i te mea nō nāianei, nō ngā tūpuna i tuku iho ngā pūkenga, ka tirohia ai te ara tika me te pono o tātou katoa.
Ka hoki nei ki a tātou o te hunga ora, auē ngā tauira i haere tahi ai, tēnā koutou. Nā koutou i whakaako mai tō koutou ngākau mīharo, tā koutou kaha ki te mahi i te mea tika. Nō reira, mā koutou e marotiritiri ai te māra o te mātauranga, ka māea ngā hua tika, kia awhi ai te ao katoa. Tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko tēnei te pīki mihi ki a Campus B (ko Gabriela te tino), koutou ko ngā kaiwhakaako, auē te hōnore. E ngā rangatira i whakarite ai tō mātou haerenga ki wīwī, ki wāwa, ka huaki ai ngā ārai o te ao rerekē, wekeneru, ka mau te wehi!
E Talita, tō mātou tino kaitiaki o te haerenga nei. E kore e mimiti te puna kōrero ō mātou i haere pai ai mai Aotearoa ki tō whenua nei. Ko te mahi a te rangatira, he kōrero. Ko te tohu o te rangatira, he manaaki. Ko te mahi a te rangatira, kia whakatiratira ngā iwi. Koia rā tāu mahi anō i ngā wā katoa, hei āwhina ai te rōpū i hīkoi haere nei, i te ao, i te pō. Kua ea!
To say that this trip has ticked off so many things that were not part of my bucket list is only a small indication of what I have personally learnt on this trip. The people whom we have met and discussed or debated issues surrounding indigenous peoples and the complexities of their world has been invigorating. It has lifted the spirit to know that we are not alone in wanting the best for the world, and that we all play a small but important role in the future.
The past two days have again highlighted the complexities but also the collaborative opportunities between countries and universities. To a large extent it will have a global impact, especially with the view of research surrounding sustainable development goals and climate change. These have also been at the forefront of my perception since viewing the impact the fires in Australia had in Aotearoa. Since I was a small girl at school, I have been aware of the environmental impact that the Amazon has on the world. We could definitely learn from some of the best practices taking place in the region. I’m hoping that the decision making people are able to ensure that we have some solutions so that my own future generations see how beautiful the world can be.
I am still optimistic that our youth will build a brighter future and actually learn from the good and bad decisions that have been made within their families, communities, regions, nations and the world. That tertiary education facilities can collaborate to provide information and statistics or datasets that will help those in decision making roles to make the right decision is only one of the many tools. There are organisations around the world that are providing the information, or are actively implementing best practice models. When will we begin using this data to improve upon past decisions?
Personally I have missed two kapa haka regionals and couldn’t even livestream it because they only do it for Australia and Aotearoa *sigh*. That I was able to use social media platforms to watch the kōrero taking place at Waitangi, and the mahi taking place in Tāmaki was fantastic. It highlighted a couple of home truths where we differ as a people and our understanding of indigenous peoples. The attached video highlights how indigenous people are still viewed. When I saw this video, I was like “Whaaaaaaat? Reeeaaaalllly?” The satire made me chuckle but in reality it highlights incorrect perceptions of whom indigenous people are today. We also shared a bit of our own indigenous history, which was great for our colleagues and students to understand where we come from.
The best food was having a burger from MEATS restaurant. Holy hika, they even ask how you want the meat cooked! All I can say is “MEAN!”
Finally, I hope that we are able to invite some of these wonderful people to our University and reciprocate the manaaki shown to us. Thank you again Brasil, and our final meeting at the Indigenous Museum was beautiful. This off the cuff meeting was a beautiful way to finish our visits on this whenua sharing waiata and of course enforcing the kupu of Te Rauparaha and having his footprints heard around the world.
Thanks again to Education NZ and the Prime Minister Scholarship Latin America, its been a blast, but I’m ready to get home and see my mokopuna and whānau. To the whānau who have had to put up with me over the past 4.5 weeks, BELEZA!
Papaki mai ngā ngaru nui, e ripo, he rehutai, hei konei rā. Hei te wā ka hoki pai ai ētahi atu o mātou. Nō reira, tēnā ko koe, tēnā ko kourua, tēnā ko koutou katoa.