June 16, 1999
Brigham Young University -Hawaii Campus
Land, to many of us, is a place of growth and development. When the Pakeha, or
white man, saw the fertile land of New Zealand, he saw opportunity and investment to
make more money. But did the Pakeha really know what land is to those who live as though
their land is everything they had? Of course, they must have known that land is precious to
them, but did they realize just how precious land was to the Maori’s? Land was life to the
Maori people, and if it was destroyed, it meant that the land needed to be renewed with new
life. The land and life was sacred and immortal.
The novel, Potiki, explained in different points of view what the land meant to the
Maori people. Roimata made it clear that, “...the land does not belong to people, but that
people belong to the land” (110). Sh...