Auckland Floods Poementary
By Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua
#1 2023 AUKALANI TAFEAGA
Aiga Whanau Famili
family of humanity
Ngati Human Tribe.
Lolo vai flood
Flood ravaged Auckland
flash floods and land slides
4 people lost their lives
a state of emergency
adverse weather conditions
phrases like La Nina
to climate change
recovery rebuild inflationary
suffering Puapuaga, Mamae, Faingata’a.
communities, and nations
again facing living
the realities of life struggles
being low income, the poor, the homeless, the marginalised the disenfranchised
but Atua’s loving Fa’afoaga, Hanganga, Fakatupu creation.
again Aiga Whanau
arose to the challenges
being fully human
through the pain and suffering
mindful of a crucified Christ
a loving God Atua Ariki Otua
Alofa Aroha Agape.
2023 AUKALANI TAFEAGA POEMENTARY:
*Isaiah 41:10 & Romans 8:18 Atua for the hard times.
*Tafeaga means exiles cast aways and the Old Testament imagery of people swept away by floods during the exile.
*This is the overview introductory Poementary about the AK Floods then into specific Poementary case studies manuia.
everything is gone
we lost everything
chairs beds clothes
could not afford insurance
emergency housing list awaits
moving in with others
olaola, oranga, toloanga
* Biblical O.T. text Joshua 1:9 & N.T. John 14:7 pertaining to olaola, oranga, toloanga survival.
*Gagana Samoa: Afafine daughter, olaola survival.
*Te Reo Maori: Oranga survival.
* Tongan leo language: toloanga survival.
have you got your meds?
have you taken them?
we have to keep you dry
are you eating your kai?
we have not forgotten
your Tautua to our Whanau Aiga
now it is our turn to serve reciprocate
especially in these hard times praise Atua.
*Biblical O.T. text Ruth 1:14-18 Ruth and Naomi remind us of being migrant faith Woman. N.T. 1 Corinthians 13:7 the Alofa that endures.
*Te Reo Maori: Whaea mother aunt esteemed older woman respected woman, kai food, Atua God.
*Gagana Samoa: Mama Mother esteemed beloved older woman, Tautua to serve service, Aiga family, Atua God.
the damaged photos
of beloved ancestors
traditional Pacific adornments
now floating away into streams of memories
knowing fanga kui and ‘Otua comfort him
affirming his tui ta’e emamata
empowering families’ communities’ nations
founded on God’s mercy, grace, and agape.
*Biblical text about aging in grace and wisdom O.T. Job 12:12 and N.T. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17.
*Tongan leo language: Motu’a elder, fanga kui ancestor, ‘Otua God, tui ta’e emamata faith.
looking after siblings
wandering the streets
angry at the world
not many options
*Biblical O.T. text Isaiah 41:10 don’t be afraid don’t be discouraged and N.T. Matthew 11:28-30 to help with hopelessness.
*Te Reo Maori: Rangatahi youth young people.
*Systemic institutional racism permeates its evil especially amongst our young people who are in despair, hurting and angry.
face the daunting task
of rebuilding shattered lives
again another struggle
but deep within hope
founded upon love
life sucks but Atua calls
us to our tomorrow Fa’amanuiaga.
*Biblical text O.T. Exodus 20:12 honour parents like Atua and NT 2 Corinthians 6:16b,18 Atua as Father Parent hence believers as the sons and daughters of Atua’s Aiga.
*Gagana Samoa: Atua God, Fa’amanuiaga blessings.
*Parenting under considerable adverse difficult times and context.
#7 SALT AND LIGHT
Masima And Raiti
2023 Auckland Floods
devastated the lives of our peoples
the whenua of Tamaki Makaurau
fa’afetai lava to those brave courageous
souls who became our light our salt
in our hour of need fa’amanuiaga blessings
Aiga Whanau Famili family of humanity
our Ngati Human Tribe Atua calls us
to be the salt to be the light again…
LIGHT AND SALT POEMENTARY:
*Biblical O.T. text Exodus 13:21 Atua provides the light and N.T. Matthew 5:13-14 salt and light empowers us to be faith people of influence and impact.
*Gagana Samoa: fa’afetai lava thank you, fa’amanuiaga blessings, Aiga family, Atua God.
*Fa’afetai lava Rev. Elama Maea Samoan language and Cultural adviser fa’amanuiaga praise Atua.
*Te Reo Maori: Raiti light, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, whenua land, Whanau family, Ngati tribe, Atua God.
*On the 5th of February 2023 263 houses red flagged, 1500 yellow stickered, 620 tons taken away hence more to come fa’amanuiaga.
Thanks to Raymond Sagapolutele for the images.