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Learning to live Kia Kaha in a time of Pandemic
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Learning to live Kia Kaha in a time of Pandemic

Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: Kia Kaha is a Māori phrase used by the people of New Zealand as an affirmation, meaning stay strong. The phrase has significant meaning for Māori: popularised through its usage by the 28th Māori Battalion during World War II, it is found in titles of books and songs, as well as a motto.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has just announced that within 48 hours, New Zealand will go under intense quarantine measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

The scientific modelling shows that Covid-19 could see the greatest loss of life in a single event in New Zealand's history.

The Prime Minister stated, "The worst-case scenario is simply intolerable".

If you are feeling frightened, anxious or depressed about the pandemic, I urge you to relax.

Those are perfectly natural & normal feelings because this is a frightening, anxious & depressing time!

The important thing to remember as we are tested is that this will not last forever.

We are the harvest of strong elders, our roots are with the mountains and our depth with the Southern Oceans.

Stand strong whanau, lift your face to the Sun and plant your heels to the ground.

We shall overcome.

Kia Kaha

 

Martyn Bradbury
Editor - TheDailyBlog.nz
twitter.com/CitizenBomber

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