Papa John, a local Waimarama man, took us horse riding yesterday on Old Lassy and Missy. In addition, he taught us about the 38 values of the surrounding Maori land, as well as the history of Pukeruru (“wise owl”) mountain where his wife was born, Waitangi Road (“crying water” road), as well as the land wars and Captain Cook’s discovery of this area. Papa John lives in a little tin shed with no power or material goods. When we gave him chocolates and red wine for thanking him, he told us he would give them to his niece and friend as gifts.
“Always be positive, never be negative. You learn from your lessons from yesterday and if don’t there is something wrong. The most precious moment is now, sharing time with our horses. Tomorrow there is always hope so be positive, never be negative, and help others who need help. Never worry about material things – human love is more important.”