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Brigham Young University -Hawaii CampusLand to many of us is a place of growth and development When the Pakeha orwhite man saw the fertile land of New Zealand he saw opportunity and investment tomake more money But did the Pakeha really know what land is to those who live as thoughtheir land is everything they had Of course they must have known that land is precious tothem but did they realize just how precious land was to the Maoris Land was life to theMaori people and if it was destroyed it meant that the land needed to be renewed with newlife The land and life was sacred and immortalThe novel Potiki explained in different points of view what the land meant to theMaori people Roimata made it clear that the land does not belong to people but thatpeople belong to the land 110 She viewed the land as a sacred means of life renewal Sheeven said that everything in time was a now-time The past and the present were onlynamed for convenience but when all was one and all had an influence on each other 39 Toko said that his father Hemi explained that the land and sea was our whole life themans by which we survived and stayed together Our whanau is the land and the seaDestroy the land and sea we destroy ourselves 98Immortality is an exemption from death or everlasting life In the Maoris worldnothing ever died This was exemplified through the carvings of the wharekai or meetinghouse When a person from the whanau or family of the land died they were rememberedin the carvings of the wharekai A good example of this is Toko who was a crippled boythat died inside the wharekai His statue was one with an eye to the land and an eye to thesky The fish that was near him was another example of immortality in itself When Tokohad caught the fish after it was cleaned the
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