Learning From Ancient Wisdom

By Prof. David Clutterbuck


Recently I was deeply honoured to be welcomed onto the Royal New Zealand naval base just outside Auckland, with a traditional Maori welcome, a powhiri.

It was a deeply humbling experience and an introduction to a perspective on hospitality, which has been largely lost in our urbanised societies.

The ceremony starts with a traditional welcome by a woman, at the door of the Marae (the meeting house). Having taken off our shoes and been ushered in to the Marae, we are seated on a bench, facing the host community.

What happened next was quite extraordinary and something I will cherish forever. Read all about my experience in this month’s edition.

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