King Tawhiao - The Second Maori King

From 1860, King Tawhiao's reign would last for 34 years, peacefully guiding his people through some of the most turbulent eras of Maori-Pakeha relations.

In 1863 during the invasion of Maori land by British forces under the pretext that Waikato tribes (United by Tawhiao) were "preparing to attack" Auckland, Tawhiao and his people were forced to retreat as refugees to the heartland of Waikato, which eventually became known as King Country.

In the peak of his reign, King Tawhaio's mana and sphere of influence stretched from the Bombay hills to as far East as Tauranga, West as Raglan and as far south as Taupo. His visionary leadership and prophetic presence held a shining light of hope and an ideological example for his people (Followers of the King Movement) throughout these times.

His values of Kaitiaki left a legacy for Maori culture, adapting to the rapidly changing Aotearoa landscape, with a dream for a self sufficient economic base, supported by the strength of its people. Native trees and foods symbolise strength and self-sufficiency in his statement "I shall build my own house, the ridge pole work be of hinau (tall forest tree), and the supporting posts of mohoe and patete (common trees). This who inhabit the house shall be raised on rengarenga (NZ Spinach) and nurtured on kawariki (Edible plant)."

SOVERIEGNTY ✊🏼🌿

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The Cannabis Revolution

When I think about the damage that alcohol has caused in our society... How many cases of heart disease and liver toxicity directly attributed to alcohol consumption have ended lives... How many acts of violence, idiotic behaviour and bad decisions have been made under its influence... How our streets can be visually polluted with advertising from giant alcohol companies glorifying a life of decadence and splendour - it is no wonder our youth have a huge social problem with binge drinking.

In this picture, are medicinal cannabis plants. A sister plant to hemp, (which focuses on producing seeds and fibre) as these grow beautifully fragrant flowers/herbs which can be dried & prepared for medicinal/sacramental and recreational purposes.

There have been zero deaths attributed to Cannabis use around the world for the last 100+ years. People don't get violent when they smoke the herb. Nobody gets raped. People get creative, and it's quite hard to ignore the connection to Mother Nature and oneness one can feel. When it is used with proper preparation and wisdom, Cannabis can even cure and relieve chronic diseases and auto-immune conditions like seizures, Multiple Schlerosis, and even cancer.

To the uneducated individual, it is quite likely that everything we think we know about cannabis is wrong.

Like anything though, Cannabis can also be abused. It can heighten existing psychological traumas or issues by bringing them out into the open, and repetitive use can create negative behavioural patterns, becoming a coping mechanism to escape from the daily struggle of real life. I have seen both sides...

With my experiences I feel it is time to bring this out into the open. To make a point as to how we glorify the socially destructive nature of alcohol and suppress the healing and earth regenerating herb.

The societal issues with cannabis are not criminal offences, but health issues. At the very least, it's time to decriminalise Cannabis, and open the doors for ways in which it can help and heal us as a society - the way that hemp certainly is.

Aho 🍁

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Entrepreneurship = Perserverance

Organic Mechanic was born out of a dream to do things differently, to be liberated from society's ideals of having a career, of having a job, being a cog in the machine, working on someone else's dreams.. Instead we live life in the highest alignment of our own dreams, taking control of our own future and lifestyle full of freedom, abundance and adventure, all whilst creating the biggest possible positive impact on the world around us.

Along the path, we have encountered many people who simply told us "no", people who couldn't see and appreciate our vision. But this has only given us more motivation to succeed. We are grounded in the affirmation that we are unstoppable, and feel in the words of Steve Jobs that "about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."

That is spending the extra hours past midnight, sending that extra email, helping that person unload their stock from the car, getting right back up when things go wrong, and going the extra mile (every time) which is in our case brewing thousands of litres of kombucha while the world is still sleeping.. (Last night this happened - Yeeea Budgie Lemons Rajeev and JBoogie Jason Corliss.) Or leaving Splore Festival to go and build the ‪#‎OMshack‬ - yeeea Gradie Plums.. Or perhaps it is spending days on end delivering OM Kombucha to over 75 stores when the courier lets us down - Yeeeea Nicky Avos a.k.a. Nick Corliss.

If you wake up every morning and aren't absolutely stoked, excited and inspired about the job or activity you are about to do, something needs to change. The legend ‪#‎JimCarrey‬ once said, "you could fail at a job you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."

Don't settle for anything less.

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