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We in Aotearoa/New Zealand have much to be grateful for. But this is no invitation towards complacency. Tangata whenua have suggested the term rāhui to better describe the Levels 3 and 4 experience. On the Coromandel, we most often see this word on signage discouraging gathering seafood from an area to allow stocks time to recover. A rāhui is put in place to allow the life force, mauri, to recover.

 

And how remarkable that, even as we have managed to contain our nation from the ravages of Covid-19 thus far, so many people comment on the many benefits of slowing down, drawing back, and having time. This was not the case for everyone, and for some, the awareness of how much our connectivity, relationship and safety has been compromised came at a great price.