Dr Hinemoa Elder (Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi), author of Aroha, Aotearoa’s top-selling non-fiction book in 2021, speaks on her new book Wawata - 30 days and nights guided by the moon and how to reclaim intimacy with others, with ourselves and with our planet using the energies of Hina, the Māori moon.
Both Wawata and Aroha provide comfort, guidance and deep affectionate connection for everyone through fundamental Māori values. Dr Elder speaks with Ria Hall (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) about reconnecting with ancient wisdom, her whakapapa and how her mahi as a psychiatrist, experiences as a mum, wāhine, and student of te reo inspired her to write these powerful and illuminating books.
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Ko Parengarenga te moana, Parengarenga is my ocean.
Ko Tawhitirahi te maunga, Tawhitirahi is my mountain.
Ko Awapoka te awa, Awapoka is my river.
Ko Kurahaupo te waka, Kurahaupo is my ancestral canoe.
Ko Potahi raua ko Te Reo Mihi oku marae, Potahi and Te Reo Mihi are my traditional meeting places.
Ko Te Aupouri, ko Ngati Kuri, ko Te Rarawa, ko Ngapuhi nui tonu oku iwi, My tribes are Te Aupouri, Ngati Kuri, Te Rarawa and Ngapuhi.
Ko Hinemoa taku ingoa, my name is Hinemoa.
Dr Hinemoa Elder is of Ngati Kuri, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri and Ngapuhi descent and the mother of two adult children.She has lived on Te Motu Arai Roa, Waiheke Island for more than 20 years, and is the author of New Zealand's best-selling local non-fiction book of 2021, Aroha - Maori Wisdom for a Contented Life Lived in Harmony with Our Planet. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who works at Starship Hospital’s Child & Family and Mother & Baby Units and various community clinics. Hinemoa also provides youth forensic court reports and neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment of traumatic brain injury in private practice. She is a deputy psychiatry member of the New Zealand Mental Health Review Tribunal.
In 2019, Hinemoa was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to psychiatry and Māori. You can also find her on Instagram and Tiktok @drhinemoa.
University of Waikato, Tauranga Campus