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Pukapuka Talks

In this intimate kōrero, Hinemoa Elder will discuss her new pukapuka, Wawata – Moon Dreaming, which explores how living in sync with the moon can help us find a growing sense of place and harmony. Facilitated by Olivia Hall.

Dr Hinemoa Elder (Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi), author of Aroha, top-selling Aotearoa non-fiction title of 2021, shows us in this new book how to reclaim intimacy with others, with ourselves and with our planet using the energies of Hina, the Māori moon goddess.

Hina has 30 different faces to help illuminate life’s lessons – a different face and a different energy for each day of the month. And with her changing light, new insights are revealed. This book gives us the chance to connect to the ancient wisdom of the old people, who reach forward into our lives, with each of the moon’s names as their offerings. Their reminders are a source of strength in our strange modern world, where we have been stripped of much of the connection and relationships we need for our wellbeing through successive lockdowns.

This book leads you through a full cycle of the moon, to consider 30 aspects of life. And lessons we thought we had learned come back around with each month's cycle and remind us of deeper layers and blind spots. And when we do find a growing sense of place, a place of harmony, there is a sense of release. A new kind of freedom starts to emerge, soothing our modern-day pain and suffering. This book is designed to open our moon dreams, for a deeper affectionate connection with ourselves and others.


Catch up on Dr Hinemoa's kōrero with Olivia Hall (Ngāti Rārua) on our Pukapuka Talks podcast here:


Buy the pukapuka here:

Wawata: Moon DreamingAroha


With thanks to Penguin Books NZ.


Dr Hinemoa Elder 

Dr Hinemoa Elder is of Ngati Kuri, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri and Ngapuhi descent and the mother of two adult children. She has lived on Te Motu Arai Roa Waiheke Island for more than 20 years and is the author of best-selling Aotearoa local non-fiction book of 2021, Aroha: Maori Wisdom for a Contented Life Lived in Harmony with Our Planet. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who works at Starship Hospital’s Child & Family and Mother & Baby Units and various community clinics. Hinemoa also provides youth forensic court reports and neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment of traumatic brain injury in private practice. She is a deputy psychiatry member of the New Zealand Mental Health Review Tribunal. In 2019, Hinemoa was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to psychiatry and Maori. You can also find her on Instagram and Tiktok @drhinemoa.


Olivia Hall (Facilitator) 

Olivia Hall (Ngāti Rārua) is extensively involved in the activities of her iwi Ngāti Rārua and is currently and chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua. She is also Executive Director Ōritetanga, People, Culture & Learner Services at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Olivia has worked at NMIT since 2014 and comes with a background in art, teaching, marketing, project management and Māori development, as well as governance on several regional and national Boards. Previous roles that Olivia has held within NMIT include Kaiako, Director Māori and Curriculum Manager of Te Toki Pakohe. 

Sun 23 Oct | 12.30pm

60 min
Pay What You Can (PWYC)

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