Kia ora e te whānau,

I’m adjusting to passing the Peace on Sunday mornings without shaking hands. How are you finding it? Have you got a new habit or are you trying out different ways of contact-less gestures of connection? Greeting people while wearing a facemask is reminding me of the significance of our words and how we say them. One habit I’ve taken on in recent years – not just at church but throughout the week – is to greet people in te reo Māori. This is one very small step to bring about the Aotearoa New Zealand I want to live in, where te reo is spoken and heard throughout the motu.

It’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) – I encourage you to replace some of your greetings with a kia ora or tēnā koe (hello to one person). Perhaps you have some reo habits to work on, such as practising the correct pronounciation for a place, or simply finding ways to kōrero more often in your week.

See you on Sunday as we continue to journey through the Season of Creation. This week is Rainbow Sunday, a time to re-consider the covenant between God and all Creation, and embrace our inter-connectedness with the Earth.

Mauri ora! It’s good to be alive!


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