Traditional Maori legends and rituals come from a Polynesian homeland. It is believed that everything has a spiritual essence – land, nature, and humans. This essence is called Mana. New Zealand practitioners of rongoa Maori, known as tohunga or healers, are offering their knowledge to the world.
I spent time travelling and volunteering throughout New Zealand in 2011, learning about Maori culture, healing and the creative arts. There is a strong sense of respect for nature and wildlife in this part of the world. The local people I stayed with were resourceful and humble. New Zealand is an immensely beautiful place to explore and experience reconnection with the earth.