Hinemoa El­der for daugh­ter Mil­lie (28) and son Reuben (25)

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - MOTHER'S DAY -

“My dar­lings. Our lead­ers of the fu­ture, I salute you both. It is be­cause of you I learnt the nec­es­sary skills and from the bot­tom of my heart, I de­vel­oped the ways of think­ing to prop­erly raise you. Ac­cord­ing to the cen­tral theme of the whakataukî, ‘In to­geth­er­ness is health, in sep­a­ra­tion is loss.’ It is be­cause of you both that this whā­nau is strength­ened and brought to­gether as one, de­spite the slings and arrows of out­ra­geous for­tune. My pre­cious dar­lings, what­ever oc­curs, we re­main con­stant in our love for each other. I am so proud of you hold­ing onto your dreams, your wis­dom about the health of the wider world, love of chil­dren, the earth, the sea, the forests and crea­tures. Be­ing your mother is the most im­por­tant role I have. I am so for­tu­nate to ex­pe­ri­ence the bonds be­tween us. Our ha­bit­ual ex­change of ideas in­spires me be­cause of your cre­ativ­ity, your val­ues and high prin­ci­ples. I look beyond the hori­zon to my dreams for you both, the most im­por­tant be­ing your holis­tic well­be­ing, your care of oth­ers, and your hu­mil­ity. I cast my mind back to when you were born. A new world that opened up and lit­er­ally blew my mind! I had no idea be­fore that time of the ex­tra­or­di­nary flood of love for you both that I ex­pe­ri­enced. Some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary hap­pened! Over time, when you were grow­ing up, my good­ness, my dar­lings, when it came to hard-case you guys took the cake! If it hadn’t been for you both I never would have un­der­stood the depths of love, and sim­i­larly, I was bet­ter able to un­der­stand my par­ents and those gen­er­a­tions who have gone be­fore. My trea­sures, my heart can­not de­scribe all that it en­com­passes when I think of all the bless­ings you have given to me.”

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