The famous one or the favourite one?

The famous one or the favourite one?

In thinking of this post I puzzled over whether to post the famous one or the favourite one. I noted that this is quite a common question that I’ve asked many times over. What I see clearly now is the right answer for me is to choose both whenever I can. When there is an either – or choice, I think it’s best to choose the favourite one. Sometimes with our career we may choose the famous pathway to enhance our opportunities of promotion and advancement. This choice may fly in the face of decisions to do what we may really want to do, be or have. When it comes to my PhD, I’ve been challenged by academics to think about the value of my Maori focused research and what journals might be interested in publishing it. Possibly by following a pathway that’s trending, that’s current, that’s destined for fame my career as an academic maybe enhanced. So whilst that could lead me down the famous pathway I’m more interested in following my passion and researching my favourite topic – tino rangatiratanga. I know research in this area will serve the collective and determine new knowledge that improves business and education for Maori and other indigenous groups. The outcome of this research is more important to me, however if I can balance both and not have an either – or scenario I will choose that pathway.

I have chosen for this piece to put the famous poem first. This poem was published in Nga Whetu Moana and later Puna Wai Korero edited by Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan.
Go to the mountains httpwww.fotosearch.comCSP734k7346892 GO TO THE MOUNTAINS

Go to the mountains
so that you may be cleansed
by the winds of Tāwhirimatea,
and be free.

Go to the sea
so that you may feel the peace
of Hinemoana’s song,
and be inspired.

Go to the ngahere
so that you may be revitalised
by the energy of Tane Mahuta,
and be transformed.

Go to the inner source
so that you may listen to the power,
of your inner essence,
and be enlightened.

For I AM the Godforce within you.

Because I can, I’ve included my favourite poem as well.


Your destiny is my destiny
white man, honky, coloniser.
If I do not act
to change the destructive pathway
that I find myself on.

I was not taught
Over fishing along West Africa coast : The Afrika Super Trawler near Maurirania
to take all the fish
from the sea.
Just enough for me and my family.

I was not taught
to contaminate the skies
with my pollution.
For that is Rangi’s dominion.

I was not taught
that the forest is a prison camp
where trees are lined up waiting to die.
For that is Tane’s confine.

So if my perceptions are different
and I do not say a word,
I should be happy to be going
where everyone is going.

It’s just that the edge
the abyss that I see,
has never looked good to me.

So if I do not stand up, speak out,
and make a difference,
then your destiny is my destiny.

by Abigail McClutchie 1995. (2)

Abigail McClutchie

Abigail McClutchie brought up in Manurewa, South Auckland hails from Te Rarawa and Ngāti Porou. Working towards a PhD part time, Abigail studies in the Management and International Business department of the University of Auckland Business School. Currently working full time in the University of Auckland Student Learning Services - Te Fale Pouāwhina teaching and learning team engaging Māori and Pacific students in academic literacy and leadership skills. Research interests are in Indigenous entrepreneurship, rangatiratanga, business education, teaching and learning practices and pedagogy that empower the entrepreneurial spirit. A life-long learner, traveller, lover of te reo Māori me ona tikanga, believer of edu-action and transformative activism to realise tino rangatiratanga, and a trust that indigenous and global leaders can work together to create a world where we enjoy real peace, harmony and happiness.


  1. Do you still do heaps of poetry Abi? I’m on a line of thinking that the creative expression outside of your PhD is an incredibly important part of our experience because it clears pathways to the heart of what we do and why we do it. I think this is the value of this blog as a space where we can put these ideas out and balance our inner voices grappling with the research challenge, with outer voices of engagement.

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  2. Fame and fortune, or passion and aroha? It is unfortunate that sometimes there is a choice to be had. Heoi ano – if you can leverage both then you have it made!!

    Tino rawe tou tuhinga e hoa.

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