Nā Chris Webber
Kua hinga he totara nui - In late March we lost one of Aotearoa’s 'tallest trees' having been at the front line on numerous fronts challenging and expanding our thinking and development as a nation. A tribute to Moana, collating some of this contributions and ongoing ripples for action is provided by the Action Stations team
. Much of his work speaks to the heart of things that need to go right before many of our efforts in public health can be effective and equitable.
I recall attending one of the 2013 hui Moana Led with Margaret Mutu and team on Constitutional Transformation - our questionnaire starting with 'If we could have a new constitution tomorrow, what are the key values or tikanga you would like to see it based upon?' This was followed up by 'What do you think of the Bolivian idea about having a special constitutional recognition of the Earth Mother?' Here we are some years later starting to recognise Te Mana o Te Wai and other principles for protecting Planetary Health as a most pressing need. Also reminding ourselves daily about the key values or tikanga we need to operate on.
Nō reira e te manu taikō - haere koe i raro i te manaakitanga a te Runga Rawa, kia a rātou ki tēra taha, hei whakapai huarahi mā tātou. Aroha tino nui.