KO NAIRANA TŌKU INGOA
Ka piki ahau i tōku maunga ko Kahuranaki,
Ka titiro whakararo, ka kite ahau tōku awa ko Ngaruroro e rere atu ana,
I te taha o te awa ka kite ahau tōku marae a Kohupatiki me tōna whare tipuna ko Tanenuiarangi.
Ka kite anō hoki ahau te maha ō ōku whanaunga e kōrero ana, e waiata ana, e tākaro ana i raro i te maru o ō tātou hapu
Ngātitoa Harapaki, me Ngāti Hori, o te iwi Ngāti Kahungunu.
I am Nairana,
I climb my mountain that is Kahuranaki.
When I look down, I see my sacred river, Ngaruroro, flowing outward.
Beside the river I see my marae, Kohupatiki, and its ancestral house, Tanenuiarangi.
I also see the many relatives of mine chatting, singing and playing under the protection of our sub-tribes;
Ngātitoa Harapaki and Ngāti Hori, of the Ngāti Kahungunu tribe.
Manaakitanga is at the heart of our mahi here at The Merchant of Aroha.
Each of our taonga are curated and imbued with aroha, wairua and mauri in mind: three pillars which capture the essence of our business.
In the wider sense of the word, aroha reflects the way we relate to each other through respect, empathy, hospitality, generosity and connection. Our philosophy at The Merchant of Aroha is to koha (gift) to those we love with exactly that – aroha.
– WAIRUA –
Meaning the spirit of a person and the energy they emit to others in a spiritual sense. Being Merchants of Aroha, our underlying principle is to curate and imbue our taonga with wairua, to ensure that the receiver is always well received.
An energy which binds and animates all things in the physical world. Mauri is the life force behind all things. Our taonga are consciously selected with mauri in mind, to ensure these three pillars of our brand are underpinned in our gift-giving.