From the mists of Tuhoe...
"He Maangai Pounamu",
He who speaks the language of Pounamu,
The ancient healing stone of Aotearoa.
Te Kaha is a far-travelled advocate and spokesperson of Ngai Tuhoe and Ngati Kahungunu, the first nation people of Aotearoa (New Zealand), representing and sharing the ancient knowledge of his people.
The wisdom of his ancestors is clearly perceived within the teachings he shares - particularly within the realm of Pounamu.
In this time of great transition on Earth, his heart-led mission is to be a guide in the transformation and empowerment of others, in their essential reconnection with themselves and with the natural world, as shown to him by his tipuna (ancestors).
As well as sharing the knowledge of his tipuna (ancestors), he guides by telling his personal story of reconnection with his whakapapa (genetic roots), his ohoake (awakening) from addiction, and how he has come to re-focus his life on the perpetual wisdom and freedom from mental slavery.
Self-taught in her work with silver and other materials. She contributes with the crafting of the Pounamu in making one-off pieces, including rings, earrings and cuffs as well as assisting with the binding of the taonga.
"We met through the Pounamu in 2001 and I always tell people when I married Te Kaha, I also married the Pounamu....
I have always loved to incorporate the Pounamu with silver in a modern context. The rings we make are a reflexion of this relationship and togetherness"
We have 3 beautiful tamariki (children) who have been raised with the Pounamu.
They live self-sustainably and in natural harmony with their whenua (land) - on a sacred mountain of Te Kaha's people, in the North-Eastern edge of the Urewera, his tribal homeland; where the whole family play a seamless part in all Pounamu, connections and experiences created.