Thursday, February 10, 2011

good respect

This setting of the mauri stone at the site of the new community support building at Middlemore hospital is a good example of how different worldviews can be respected. Not only is the maori belief system respected, all others are as well as staff were able to put other meaningful items in with the mauri stone.

Manukau Courier - Stuff
Burying a mauri stone is a mark of respect to Papa, the earth mother, and bestows a blessing on the site and the buildings placed there. Counties Manukau District Health Board's chief executive Geraint Martin placed the mauri stone in the burial box. The ceremony was led by kaumatua and saw staff members place special items in the box.
No one loses from this approach - we all gain, no matter what we believe.


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