“Aroha nui” is the te reo language expression which might best translate into “humble love” – and my messages from Aotearoa cleave to this Maori idea in particular. Not retribution, or revenge, or even soul searching about how this happened, but aroha nui – compassion, love.

It’s probably the best place to start, anything, every day.

Community Member Alison – the UNESCO Chair in refugee integration through languages and the arts at the University of Glasgow – has been a visiting professor in Aotearoa New Zealand for more than 10 years, working alongside communities, refugees and Maori there.  The quotation above is taken from her response to yesterday’s atrocities in Christchurch.

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