Aio Koa 2020 – Beyond Borders of Belief

Notes written from attending Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon India during January 2020. Examining Gandhi. Examining the borders of my own beliefs. The boundaries of skin. What insights one gains from going across cultural borders. Spiritual texts. Open source to creative insights.

Build Own Ashram.
Gandhi built his own ashram or place of truth. His own sanctuary where he lived and practiced his beliefs. His own vows of behaviour. Hard physical labour. Clean living. Spiritual practice. One must build one’s own temple. No different to a marae, a mosque, a monastery. All can be considered as places of inner reflection. Spiritual growth. It does not have to be huge or elaborate. Start small and simple. But first, you must rebuild yourself from inside-out. Once your inner house is reset. Then you can build your ashram around it.

Satyagraha 2020
Satyagraha was Gandhi term for “following your truth”. So I must find my own truths. What? You are here to be A Disciple of Self.  To stand for your truth. To stand in your truth. To remove what restricts you. Remove what is not you. Reveal the Guardian Spirit. Build Moral, Intellectual, Physical strength to do right thing. Deal with discomfort. Imperfection. Inconvenience. Incompletion. Fuckups. Old corpses. Old shit. Wipe away. Reset. Move on. Find your own Way. The Way of Aiokoa

Daily Karakia Practice.
Physical. Spiritual. Natural. Physical movement. No movement. The Space Between Heartbeats. Feel your own Pulse.

Kore. Find your Own Natural Way. Integrate your own movements. Own kata. Haka your Self Philosophy. Your Code of Ethics. Inside this Climate World.  Clearing Purifying the Polluted Soul.

Tahi Ahau..
Sweeping The Self. Clearing Self. Forgiving Ill-Thoughts. Ill-Words. Ill Deeds. Ancestral lineages. Celestial. Terrestrial. Elemental blockages. Purification.

Breath Walker
Growth is the new measure. Goals are just steps. Step into your body one month, one year from now with goals achieved. How have you grown? Walk into new body of being. Reset. Regrow. Walk forward again. Breathe in Time. Will this crisis bother you in one year? Will this deed be remembered in one year? At the end of your life? Pleasure and Pain. The Duality of Existence inside the One Experience. Breathe. Count to 10 before telling someone to fuck off. Walk 10 paces before turning around. Reaction control. Unless being attacked. Danger. Move now. Know difference between fear and danger. Know difference between love and truth. Not all love is sweetness. Love can hurt like shit. Some medicine can be bitter. But it kills the virus full stop.

Haa Whenua
Rebirth. Rebreath. Renew. The Awakened Heartbeat. First Result. First Sanctuary.  A New Breath of lIfe.

Use this time wisely. Go inside to recultivate yourself. This is Your Inner Temple. Dojo. Ashram. Mosque. Marae…. You share this inner food with the outer world.

The wild flowers of an exuberant soil. Jubilant song of the winged ones. Life rejoices. A new light is found.

Peace After The Bomb

I say this again, most people not ready to be unplugged from the current system. Yet they are not ready to be plugged into their own power system. But Climate Change is coming. Weather Bombs falling. So we must lead ourselves on the Exodus. This is Aio Koa. Disciple of Self.

You must awaken your sleeping seed. The wildflower is the illumination of your being. So you must cultivate yourself with steady hand and loving heart. Your mind must be open to the great wonders of creation. Yet you can still be a prick. Yes a little prick and the beautiful rose are all one existence. The human being is like an organic atom inside an atomic bomb. Just like there are so many atoms packed into the atomic bomb, there is so much energy packed into the individual human being.

First, you need to be stable, grounded and ready. Or you could blow yourself up. Next you need to be able to activate your own internal system of power. Turn yourself up safely. Next you must trust your own intuition and your own intelligence in order to guide you on this discovery of your own transformation. 

There have been experiences where you have felt incredible strength, clarity, and insight inside this Life. You might have had 10 times your normal strength. You might have walked 10 times your normal distance. Without water or food or even sleep. These are examples when you have been accessing your deep reservoirs of energy. What we are doing it now is activating it consciously. Become a bomb exploding with the fullness of life. Is not a field of blossoming flowers an explosion of the senses?

Whatever your drama is right now, it is just one reality of your life. It is not the ultimate crescendo of your life. Be a field of exploding flowers in bloom. Not just one flower. Be a chain creation of miracles. Boom. Boom.

Either you’ve blossomed into this ultimate possibility, or you are an unsprouted seed or unblossomed flower. You are still a nut inside a shell?  Or an egg inside a duck? Too afraid to break out into life itself. Nah.  Be courageous, break out of your shell and live freely. Wack yourself where you really feel it. Be fearless and crack yourself up. Such courage!! Ahhhh…Peace after the Bomb explodes..

Rukuruku (Beneath The Surface Mind)

Rukuruku (Beneath The Surface Mind)

I am the scriber of word, the carver of thought from the layers of formless consciousness. The falcon on the wind I am. The deep shadow depths unmoved by surface storms I am . The fragile woven work of the geometer masterpiece called Pungawerewere I am. Tap, tap, tap I breathe, ahhhhhhh…shhhhhh.. my mouth moves to my finger to the digital drum where frontal cortex plays only what it knows….

What is the path of a creation experience? The two faced Janus Twins appear. Conscious logical digital rational grammatical face reinforced by rewards of behaviours norms and awards. The wild young chaotic minds already bridled by time we reach nursery. Stop this. Stop that. Stand here. Sit there. I see this in my creative Wild Word Wananga each Winter when schools sleep. There is the academic student, very diligent, reliable with great A grades who can analyse literature pieces to extract every drop of meaning. Head prefect material and top all around guy. Already marked for a successful career in the military, medicine or corporate investment. He has choices. But this same student struggles to fill out a blank piece of paper with his own original thoughts. He struggles with the exercise. The syntax, punctuation, spelling, crossing outs, unfinished sentences. What.. what… what is the fucking point of this? He screams inside his mind..

Meanwhile a tattooed Maori kid with pierced tongue arrives late and plonks herself down. Looks at the blackboard and starts writing intensely.. She fills the paper with herself. Anti-establishment mix of art, lyrics and genuine writing talent. Maybe she does street performance like busking. Or just lives from a free state. Welcome kids to The Concrete and The Wild.

I been writing short stories to chisel my thoughts. Just making up snippets. The above ‘Rukuruku’ was about 15 minutes free-writing in my exercise book Warwick 1B4 with some edits as I blogged it.

Circular Evolution – For We The Bell Tolls

The poet John Donne said..

No man is an island
Entire of  himself
Each is a piece of the Continent
A part of the main…

For whom the bells tolls, it tolls for yee..

The bell can be both light and heavy,
the song bird or the lamenting gull,
Who knows where upon whom this shit
shall land?
Aeee laddie, just know that the time calls us all..

Now ladies and gentlemen, the TedX Speaker tries
to allay the concerns, the audience cries..
Is it too late to try? The Climate Feedback Chain
is already destroying the coasts of America, the
cliffs of Brexit and the Penguins of Antarctica..

No, no, no, it is dependent upon the circulation of currents,
AI solutions immersed with circular economic theories
Merged with quantum holographic commuting systems
that have been developed at Harvard and Stanford
while President Trump tweets a twot of twips.

Is that it? Yes… No… Maybe…
The End.

PS. A random piece of poetic prose. Been awhile since I last blogged.

Wairua 2020 – See The Changes Coming


Its called Climate Payback. Waves of it are building up now.  Every year from now on-wards. 2019. 2020. 2021. 2022. 2023. 2024. 2025. 2026. 2027. 2028. 10 Year Climate PayBack. The pay waves getting Bigger. Higher. Hotter. Colder. Faster. Wetter. Angrier. Expect 5 metre sea-level rises and swells. (5m is roughly 2-story house or telephone pole all under water).  Why?  The Earth has like a fever.  Like any sick person, she will have hot and cold temperatures.  Burning Heatwaves. Freezing Cold-snaps. Polar Caps melting like a runny nose at both ends. Slow jet streams and clogged ocean streams like global constipation.  Human cities clogging the Earth colon. Huge floods, cyclones and record winds erupt like a huge cough and anal flush at both ends to move blocks.  Gahhh.  We should have started this 20-40 years ago. Nah. We effed around. Forests be greener. Rivers cleaner. Except we now have forest die-back. Dead wood. Dead soil. Dead river. Soon dead children. Make life changes now. By last light 2020.  For our kids.

My generation who are 50 years and older now. I am talking to us!

We start to face forward and take the incoming blows. Don’t let the kids of today take the hits for something they did not start nor deserve. Some of you Board Directors, Bankers, Investors, Business Round-table etc your money is gonna be worthless and will not buy you loyalty when the Big Wave comes. He is coming.. Start making the change now… Have some guts, grow some balls or whatever and make a stand for the right thing. For the kids. Don’t be gutless pricks and hide in your ivory towers and security guarded hideaways here in New Zealand. Nah.

These climate waves will get worse each year. Trump rants are distractions. Financial Crash 2018-2019? Maybe.. What to do? Where to go? Everyone can do something. Change something. Now. Just build up a resilient feeling. A spirit that not easily knocked down. Check your heart still there. You can be counted on. We may all die and get torn apart by an angry iceberg but we save our last words of love and breath for the kids. Herd them towards safety and take the big blows. Good. Remember there is more inside us than we know. Keep calm. Keep perspective. Steady. You don’t need all the shit you think you need. Start getting your head, heart, hands in order. D Day is approaching. Not all people will wake up. They not your problem. You are.

Look for the Wairua 2020. See The Changes Coming.



New Seeds Emerge From Dark Soil

Already passed through the shortest day longest night in the Southern Hemisphere. Solstice. Te Po Nui. Te Po Roa. Night is the fertile bed of darkness where the Light awakens from its sleep. Even the Sun needs a rest. Do not see things literally for the mind will not embrace the magic of the inner child.

Ahaaa…. the Child..

We must awaken the Child inside the Adult. The Seed beneath the Concrete of Confinement. Disruption is the cry of the time. Disorder. Climate Crashing. End of Days…


The fruit must rot for the new seeds to emerge. The mind has to let go of the control stick and allow the emergent self to navigate through these uncertain days ahead. Aho, Ahoy, Aaaaargh.

Find the rhythm and the rhyme within the chaos. Make musical patterns in the mud. Be like a child and enjoy the wonders of having a fresh shit with 50 years life experience in your diapers.

Meanwhile as I am writing this… a strange woman from London calls me to see if I am interested in some foreign exchange banking scheme. God save the Queen. The Queen Mother. The Great Mother. The Mother of Life. Mother Earth

Let us reconnect with the Great Mother Earth. Here are the children in quiet prayer from a recent Eco-Warrior Camp for Kids that I ran.

Te Haa Kore Mutunga

2018 – Build Our Youth KOA [Kaitiaki O Aotearoa]

To Parents of Our Youth

Same Climate Change message I repeated in 2017. Now already quarter way into 2018. Except getting a lot more serious. Just finished walking through Aotearoa end last year. Started 23 Sep 2017. Finished 31 Dec 2017. Roughly 2000km in 100 days. Signs around water, rivers and land conditions getting worse.



Year 2018 will bring more global uncertainty and climate shocks such as earthquakes happening more frequently here in New Zealand and overseas. Stress is affecting our kids more as they cope with increasing technology and social change. Technology is great until power-cuts happen and batteries go flat. Then we have to be self-sufficient and emotionally resilient. We can expect more turbulence in these forthcoming years to 2020 and beyond.

I believe in 3 month seasonal plans and updates as the frequency of climate change is happening a lot quicker.  We need to be more adaptable and creative in our readiness for life. Houses will get flooded. Power lines cut. Cyclones. Coastal chaos.

Here is a curriculum course that I be will running this year 2018 each school holidays.


A practical course for students aged 10 years and above teaching emergency thinking and survivor skills for suburban environments, wooded areas and rivers/beaches.


Objective 1. Assemble a mini survival kit.

Each student designs and assembles own mini-survival kit. Essentially a large pencil-case containing simple emergency items derived from $2Dollar shop. Items include plasters, bandage, small torch, handyman-tool, tape and emergency card. This kit stays at the bottom of the student’s school bag in case of emergency away from home.


Objective 2. Tying ropes and knots.

Students will be taught 3 types of knots.

–          A knot to tie a shelter down.

–          A knot to rescue a struggling person in need.

–          A knot to lash pieces of wood together.

–          Tying different ropes & improvised materials together in an emergency.


Objective 3. Erect an improvised shelter.

Students will be taught to construct an improvised shelter using knots and local materials found in car boots, garages and households. Bush shelter may be taught depending on proximity to native bush.


Objective 4. Cook a meal over small stove.

Students will cook a packet of noodles using either gas stove or small hexamine stove. Students will be shown fire-safety and cooking improvisation using local materials.


Objective 5. Sleeping outside OVERNIGHT.

Student will sleep outside overnight by erecting their own shelters, make sleeping space and make own food and drink. Students may be woken in middle of night and re-erect shelter as part of testing. Other little challenges may be added to test student resilience and humour.


Objective 6. SURVIVE 24 HOURS.

Students will undertake a 24hour guided survival exercise. Scenarios include: alone in open ground, alone in a building or alone in the bush. Students will incorporate all previous survival objectives plus create a personal mindpower-pack for the exercise. This mindpower-pack contains memories, words and feelings that give the student inner strength, courage and hope in an emergency.

Final Thoughts

My hope is that every 5 year old child who starts school from 2017 onwards has a survival kit in their small bag. They be taught calm breathing and simple mind drills as part of their school curriculum. Start simple but lovingly. Add more as they grow. Along with literacy, numeracy and other academic subjects. Their  world will be different to this one right now.

I have started a registered NZ charity C00528 called MANA TREE FUND to fund this type of survival resources and training for children. It has very little money but full of Mana right now. Nem mind, the Mana Tree will grow. Bigger then any Hedge Fund. Lol.

If you feel called to help, share & collaborate then just email me.


WOA Path – Kindness of Kids

I recently walked through whole of New Zealand for our waters. The kindness of the kids on my way through always left a heartfelt impression…

Here is one from young Ryan Smelders from Waihola. I stopped at Waihola about 40km south of Dunedin. It was late evening. Ryan and his friend were kicking ball at the local Waihola school. I filled my water bottles using the school drinking fountains. I put on the gas stove, made a hot cuppa and pulled out chocolate thin biscuits. I told the boys to come over and have a brew and biscuit. We talked and laughed over a good cuppa. They left and I got ready to hammock up near the school tree belt for the night.

Ryan later ran back to see me. He was puffing and had no shoes on.
“Did you leave your shoes behind?
“Nah, I want to give you this. Can I make you breakfast in the morning if you want?
I said ” Nah its alright. I be gone early in the morning. Thanks for the kind thought. ”.

He hands me a handwritten note.

Dear bro,
I never learnt your name, but mine is Ryan Smelders. I loved hearing your stories and it inspires me to become the person I want to be. Excuse my handwriting. I don’t have a whole lot to give you but you couldn’t have given me more. I wish you best luck for your life.

Signed, Ryan Smelders


Training My Son – Lessons From 7 Years Ago

This was written 7 years ago when my son Te Aio was 10 years old. He will be 18 years soon. Still relevant for today

Training for Mountains and Life
[Written March 2011]

This short report is about some of the life skills training and resources that I used to teach my 10 year old son Te Aio. He will not stay young for much longer and will soon grow up. Like all parents, I hope that he will grow into a fine, responsible adult and share what he has learnt with others.

I share this with you so that you may share it with your children.

This short report covers. 1. Training experiences. 2. Survival kit for school bag. 3. Breathing patterns.

I believe Te Aio should have experiences, memories and affirmations that he can use to give himself confidence, hope and courage and difficult situations in later life. To help build a strong mind inside his little body. Before he grows up too soon and becomes to set in the ways of modern technology and play-station generation. Going out into nature where the mountains, rivers, forests and opens spaces become the teachers. Be among the elemental elders.


I have taken him into the ancestral mountains of the East Coast as shown above. So he can absorb the power of being in the mountains. To learn basic camping, tracking and finding food and water. Observing the animals to find water. Practicing taiaha martial art movements on the mountain. Teaching him prayer. He might not continue with these things as he grows older. At least he has had an experience of the mountains while still a boy.

I train father to son in a range of skills. I trained him in mainly in Maori martial arts to develop his character, Maori culture and self-defence. He practices with me his father. we start slow. Go through the drills. Keep it simple. Then increase speed and intensity. He knows where to strike his father such that he can disable me quickly and efficiently whether I am striking unarmed or with edged weapon. Yet he’s still a 10 year old boy and so we must keep it fun and not too serious. Reminding him to be responsible. To help others when in need. His name is Te Aio which means peaceful so these practices are in the pursuit of peace. Also he must learn to heal what he has hurt. He participated in a self-defence demonstration to a visiting Italian group and earned $250 which pleased him very much [Note: I gave him half the $500 fee I charged the tour guide]

Te Aio Survival Kit for his School Bag.


Te Aio says.

“This is my survival kit that goes in my school bag. My dad made it for me. He got a pencil case from $2 Shop and put stuff in it. A torch, some plaster, a pen and paper to write a note. Some black tape like if you cut yourself and you have no plasters, you can put clean cloth or kawakawa leaf over the cut and tape it. A tool with gadgets. Phone numbers of mum and dad. Our home address. A muesli bar…”


Dad says.

“Every parent should make a survival kit for their kids. Put it in the bottom of their school pack. It does not cost much. There are other things that could be added to Te Aio kit. A small aluminium survival sheet. A whistle. A laminated card with these instructions. CPR and other emergency drills. Still working on this. You need to check its contents regularly.. The muesli bar can get eaten. Emergency money can get spent on after-school snacks. Having a survival kit is all part of his character building and martial arts training. He has to learn real life skills. Not just stances and blocks.”

Breathing Patterns.


Te Aio says.

“My dad drew these patterns to help my nerves and calm my breathing  when I get wheezy. Also to help me concentrate. They come from the old Maori taiaha which uses a lot of spirals and circle movements. This is from the koru fern frond spiral. It is also same shape as the snail shell.


Dad says.

“Trace over the single spiral picture using a finger starting from the outer point while breathing in towards the centre. Hold at the centre for short time then breathe out by tracing the spiral outwards to where you started. It is the basis for the name taiaha –  the spiralling Breath of Life. Be like a snail. Slow down your breathing each time. Do 3 breaths. Inhale for 3 Count. Hold. Exhale for 3 Count.  Repeat 3 times. Breathe in good energy. Breathe out bad feelings. You can draw a spiral in the air. In the clouds. In water. In sand. On the earth. Get a stick or just use your mind to create the spiral. Parents should practice as well. Make it fun. Make the kids curious. Create your own spirals. Add two spirals together. Watch a snail cross a path. Be patient. Slow down the mind and breath….

Remember….Calm Breath1 + Calm Breath2 + Calm Breath3  = CALM MIND

Note To Self dated 29 December 2016.
I wrote this back in March 2011 when son was still 10 years old. He is now 16 years old and all this training has given him a quiet confidence in his school life and outdoor expeditions.

Note To Self dated 16 February 2018.
Te Aio is now 17 years old. Nearly 18 years soon. Finished High School end of 2017. Passed all his Grades. He also achieved his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The first in our family. He will go to an Award Ceremony at Governor-General’s Residence later this year. He also starred as Enjolas, the Leader of the French Revolution in Les Miserables. He enjoys performance and acting. Hmmm. Hopefully he is available to help me on some this KOA training as he has gone through much of the outdoor training.


Not Your Body, Not Your Brain, What Am I Falling Rain?

You are not your body. You are not your brain. You cannot take them with you. You leave them behind, your farewell gift. They belong to the Earth. On loan. The Earth will take back what is hers. Expired. That is a good thing.

We think we are confined to our body. We think the body stops at the tips of our fingers, the borders of our skin. Yet we have always gone beyond borders. Birthing. Crawling. Baby steps. Walking. Open the front-gate. Another gate. Soon more gates. As we grow up. More fences. Some invisible. Offence. Defence. Soon we stay inside the fence.

Many of us are stuck inside a physical world defined by the body. Reinforced by the mind.  Entertained by consumer emotion. After awhile not much variety, but lots of security. The house, car, marriage, children, job, the dog.. these become extensions of the physical body. Emotional body.  Some people love their car. Show us photos of their car. Polish and admire their car. Dent the car and they cry.  I mean the owner, not the car. The car still exists.

Your life falls apart yet you still exist. Each breath an existence. Breathe the umbilical cord that keeps us connected into the Great Womb of Life. Don’t believe me? Hold your breath for couple minutes. Then notice how your bills, your house, your car all fade away as you become desperate for air. I ask you, what is the strongest force? Love, Light, Whanau, Death? Gaaah..I don’t give a shit right now…I just want air.  Nooooo, I wanna die. You sure? Next breath becomes your car ride back into the body. When we die, we leave on that last out-breath. That outgoing ride. Never to return to this body. Closed. Job done.  Body Parts knock off. Lights out. Gone home.