Marlon Williams said he chose the song after reflecting on his own response to the attacks. He chose the waiata, with its lyrics about the history and geography of Ōtautahi, as a way of enveloping the dead into the story of the land.
Sung at New Zealand’s National Remembrance Service for the victims of Christchurch’s mosque terror attacks. Another moving musical tribute from another of Aotearoa’s soulful musicians, Hollie Smith and Teeks..
In my mind, Dick Hoyt, a military man, is father of the century. I first saw this amazing father and son story on Youtube years ago. Pure love. Incredibly selfless. It is a story that started in 1962 when his son Rick was born.
If ever a song preached a much-needed sermon about love and honouring your word, especially with your loved ones, here it is.
In 2016 Google Doddle paid homage to Mary Seacole. Until then, I had no idea who she was, or her contribution to history. But I quickly found it. Born in 1805 in Kingston, Jamaica, Seacole was a brave pioneering nurse during the Crimean War who helped care for wounded soldiers on the battlefield. She was known to have personally risked her life on the frontline to tend to the sick and the injured. Her reputation in her day rivaled that of Florence Nightingale. Mary Seacole’s life story inspired me to start a short-lived blog called Unsung Science. I wrote about little known stories and personalities whose contribution to science and medicine had been overlooked. In each case, their achievements had…
…developing an innovative idea doesn’t require genius. What’s required are skills that many professionals already have—the ability to ask good questions, to challenge assumptions, and to listen to your gut instinct that alerts you when the rest of the world is overlooking something.”