Lake Wakatipu is a living breathing lake that has a tide every 25 minutes. This has been explained scientifically because of the unusual shape of the lake which is both long and very deep. Māori understand that the tide occurs because of Matau who slumbers at the bottom of the lake.
A few days after I had returned home from a 3 year academic sabbatical in Tāmaki Makaurau a taniwha was discovered washed up on the shores shivering from the cold. He now sits in the warmth and listens to the call of the Tui. He is not the only thing that has followed me home. I returned home with a PGDipBus – Māori Development and an MBA.
My reason for moving to Tāmaki Makaurau for 3 years stemmed from a dream that involved my finding from the past a Māori axiomatic financial equation (I know right – most people have dreams about what is occurring in their subconscious mind. I dream about financial equations). My dream showed me many places to look which included One Tree Hill that involved a tohunga and a taonga. Hence Tāmaki Makaurau I travelled to, and enrolled at The University of Auckland.
The axiomatic equation I discovered in Tāmaki Makaurau is that Māori ethics should unquestionably be included in the financial equation. The details of how this should be done will become evident after I visit many more places I saw in my dream. Since returning home I have knocked on the doors of many accounting firms in the area, enquiring about their thoughts on ethics included in accounting. To date only one accounting firm in Queenstown considers ethics when applying the financial equation. They were really interested to share their thoughts and combine them with mine. I feel a PhD paper coming up.
Anyhow returning home feels like returning back to work after maternity leave where there are several themes occurring – sometimes all at the same time. The themes:
- The feeling of remaining the same
- Feeling low
- Work paradox
My taniwha helps me through these themes and continues to keep me guessing at why he followed me home.
Here he is sunning himself. Until my next blog – take care, god bless and ka kite ano.