Welcome to The Paepae

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What is ‘The Paepae’?

In Aotearoa New Zealand the indigenous Maori people have a vibrant culture and an oral tradition stretching back centuries into Polynesia.

Bench Overlooking Lake Oswego – Art based on an original photo by Glen at VirtualTourist.com

The traditional home and meeting place of the people is known as the marae, with its wharenui (meeting house). This is the central venue for discussions, celebrations and debate on all manner of important issues.

Often located at the front of the house is a wooden bench, a platform on which sit those chosen as speakers to discuss the issues of the day. Those leaders or representatives sit and listen to all until it is their turn to stand and express their point of view.

Thus they seek dialogue, reaching for wisdom with reason and sincere argument (and often with humour).

The bench these orators rise from to speak is called the Paepae.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The opinions expressed by bloggers on ThePaepae.com are the personal views of the individual authors and do not reflect the opinions of Empower Leaders Publishing Ltd or any other company or its employees. The bloggers are unpaid volunteers who are not blogging as part of employment, ownership or contractual arrangement with any company or commercial enterprise.

For us, blogging is a creative outlet, a hobby, a diversion, something we do for self-expression — like archery or debating, public speaking, political commentary and occasional iconoclasm. ThePaepae.com gives us a chance to express what we think is important, interesting or entertaining … always influenced by our own interests and background. If you want to participate, Welcome!

— Peter Aranyi

A note on comment moderation

Why some of the posts here are unequivocally critical of other people


About Peter

Get a haircut!

I’m a writer and publisher based in Auckland, New Zealand. My background is in news and political journalism, psychology and education (my own). I co-founded a training company called Empower Education and I’m proud to publish through Empower Leaders Publishing.

My posts here are MY personal opinion — hence Peter Aranyi’s blog. Posts by guest bloggers and comments are, naturally, their own opinion and don’t claim to represent anyone else.

I am not perfect or lily white and try never to claim to be. Like everyone else on the planet, I am growing. Your feedback and comments are welcome.
My standerd ‘disclaimer’ applies: ‘Facts are stated to the best of my knowledge and commentary is my honest opinion. Corrections or clarifications are always welcome by email. Comments are open, but may be moderated. – Best wishes, Peter Aranyi’

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