Eruera Stirling


  1. Only when you know your whakapapa can the mana of your ancestors shine upon you. P. 30, Eruera: The teachings of a Maori Elder
  2. I had this belief that my work with the old people was helping me with my studies, and when we started reading our books on history, I looked at those histories and I thought, I’ve got more important history behind me than anything written in these books. P. 95 Eruera: The teachings of a Maori Elder
  3. If you want to be something, a doctor or a barrister, the thing is to make up your mind about it. But don’t forget your ancestors, and always remember your Maori side. Quoting Aprirana Ngata. P. 114 Eruera: The teachings of a Maori Elder
  4. He came to the end of his days a poor man, because all his time was given to others. Of Apirana Ngata. P. 139 Eruera: The teachings of a Maori Elder
  5. The young leaders of today must remain Maori in heart and hold fast to the mana of the ancestors, or they will never find a good pathway for the people and their work will come to nothing. P. 205 Eruera: The teachings of a Maori Elder
  6. Very few of our young leaders can bring together the knowledge of the Paekeha with the wisdom of thier tribal ancestors and yet this is the type of man we need, somebody like Te Rngihiroa or Aprirana Ngata to guide us. P. 214 Eruera: The teachings of a Maori Elder
  7. Maoritanga is not action songs or hakas, it is holding fast to the treasures of your ancestors – lands, marae, pa, the mountains – and returning in spirit to the minds of your forebearers. It is not a light and easy thing, but a difficult  treasure, and heavy to carry. P. 247 Eruera: The teachings of a Maori Elder
  8. Knowledge or matauranga is a blessing on your mind, it makes everything clear and guides you to do things the right way … and not a word will be thrown at you by the people. It is the man who goes with his spiritual and his mind and his heart believing in all these things who will climb to the high summits of leadership.