Kia 0ra rā 🙂
This post is a slight deviation from my usual kaupapa but I will continue on with that later. In light of recent events here in Aotearoa I thought I’d write a ‘lil something on the recent rū whenua or earthquake.
E ai kī Ngāi Māori, ngā rū whenua are caused by Rūaumoko who is the atua of earthquakes and volcanoes. Rūaumoko is the pōtiki, the youngest child, of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother). Following their separation of their parents’, Ranginui’s tears continued to flow down to Papa, flooding the land so the sons decided to turn their whaea away from Rangi. They faced her downwards so that their parents’ would not constantly see each other’s sorrow and grieve more.
According to some, when Papatūānuku was turned over her baby Rūaumoko was still in her kōpū, in the womb. In other tales he was at her breast and was therefore carried with her to the world below. There, he was given fire to keep him warm and it is said that the rumblings that disturb the land are made by him as he moves about. Ko Rūaumoko e ngunguru nei- It is Rūaumoko who rumbles.
Last Sunday, we were roused from sleep at around midnight by our house shaking. The bed was swaying and the blinds were billowing. In my sleepy state I just put it down to strong winds but the hubby was also awake, calling earthquake. I was waiting with baited breath for the kiddies to all come rushing in for a sleepover…but this didn’t happen (whew!), the shaking subsided and I very quickly drifted back to sleep! I woke in the morning to see that my windows were actually closed and then turned on the telly to see that it wasn’t just a weird dream! Wow! A 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kaikoura, on the East Coast of the Sth Island and we felt it up here in Hamilton..I couldn’t believe it! I had experienced earthquakes before, about 4 in the 2.5 years of living in Ōtaki, but nothing as big as this. I really never expected to feel it this far north and inland. After checking that everyone was safe’n’sound down in Ōtaki and the Wellington region, our lives went on as normal, with some weird weather patterns all week. But those further down south have had to deal with: tsunami warnings, damaged buildings, closed cities, blocked roads, heavy rain resulting in flooding and a mini tornado! And then there are the poor people of the South Island and Kaikoura which have seen the entire town shut down since the quake. I think they are still feeling aftershocks too and many people would be suffering with Post Traumatic Stress from the devastating Christchurch quakes of 2010..not cool 😦 kia kaha koutou!
Although Aotearoa doesn’t have the snakes, spiders, jellyfish, crocodiles and the multitudes of other things that can kill you in Australia, it does have earthquakes…and they are far from fun and not really an experience I want to share in again! Whether it’s Rūamoko moving about, the powers of the Super-Moon or, as Brian Tamaki the Bishop of Destiny Church believe’s, because of all of the deviant homosexuals and sinners (lol..he whakaaro rorirori rawa tēnā…twat!), I guess it’as a good reminder for us all to have an emergency plan in place and ready to go for when the unexpected does occur..
Well, ko tēna, tēnā.. kei te huri tonu te Ao..the World is still spinning!
Mauri ora 🙂