Two forces nature bound

Two forces nature bound is a little poem that recognises the dynamics of two powerful forces of nature, bound by nature. I reflect on my two ‘homes’ away from my South Auckland home. One in Ahipara where my mum was brought up under Whangatauatea–a mountain of strong spiritual force, regularly kissed on the toes by Karirikura, the lapping tides of Ninety Mile Beach that meet it at the shore. The other homeland to which this poem is written about, acknowledges the landscapes that flow from Mount Hikurangi to the mouth of the Waiapu river, and meet at the mighty East Coast in Rangitukia. A “metaphor” for the possibilities created when two forces join; that is an indomitable spirit, and a passion for collective well-being.


Mountain rock, solid, stubborn,

“Ehara au i te maunga nekeneke”

– I’m not a mountain that will be moved.

It is the river that leaves the foot of the mountain,

To meet Hinemoana at the shores,

She calming, violent, abundant,

Fed by pure waters at the mouth

of the Waiapu.

Two forces, nature bound

Carving a new landscape,

a new humanity,

where two forces work as one.



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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.


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