Native to New Zealand,
I was born second eldest into a family of five girls. I spent most
of my growing years in a small town where my father managed an apple
As a people, Maori
are very spiritual, but within our family unit, it was not an everyday
topic of conversation. In fact, we never discussed spiritual matters
at all, and therefore, we never thought about it. Religion, on the
other hand, was practiced occasionally.
Throughout my childhood,
I never considered myself to be spiritual - in fact the very idea
of such things would send shivers up and down my spine and I would
become quite afraid.
It wasn't until the
summer of '85 when I met my husband, that my spiritual life began.
That was the best year of my life because I believed that I had
found my 'one true love'. When I fell pregnant, I was so happy because
it was a wish come true. When my son died three months later, I
was devastated, and when my husband told me I sent him to hell,
I was crushed, mortified, unbelievably fearful, lost.
That was nearly 30
years ago and during that time, I have learnt so much about spirituality
that I felt compelled to write and sing about what has become my
I took piano lessons
as a child and lucky for me that I did, because my husband and I
wrote some pretty amazing songs together.
If I thought that my
devastating time was hell, it was nothing compared to the demons
my husband faced and was still facing, when I met him. The release
and understanding of his fears came through the music - where
he wrote most of our songs and I put the melody and instruments
After my husband and
I separated, I moved to another country where I have been for the
past 14 years. I am currently looking after my grandchildren while
their parents work and am enjoying the rest, after working most
of my life.
I live in a little
seaside resort township, and have been here for nearly one year.
The people are friendly, and they leave you alone to do your own
thing. I have no friends nor have I joined any clubs, but I'm very
comfortable being by myself, and am happy in life at the moment.
Peace and Light