E te whānau, e ōku hoa – kia ora koutou katoa.
This month has seen the ticking off of two milestones. The first being one year since my arrest. Thankfully the time has gone surprisingly fast. By now you will all be aware of the outcome of my Oral Trial. While not the result we were all hoping for, I haven’t and I won’t let it deter me from remaining positive. There is still a possibility of a better outcome as a result of my appeal, but if it doesn’t eventuate I will look forward to being home in September next year.
My special thanks to the media and especially Woman’s Day for the way in which they treated the result of the trial. I am really pleased that most coverage had a focus on, and have assisted in, helping to raise the awareness of the possible dangers of “meeting” someone over the internet. Please check out the new links on this website that provide support and answers for those that are unsure if they are being scammed.
The 2nd milestone was turning 55. To all of you who either phoned, sent cards and/or parcels, wrote messages on my Facebook page – thank you for helping to make it a very special birthday. I feel very loved and while I miss everyone very much, I do not feel alone. The girls in my pavilion ensured my day was remembered with handmade cards, some lovely presents, wonderful food and nice kōrero/speeches.
When it came to the cake cutting I told them about a tradition where in order to get a piece of cake, you have to sing a song. So we had South Africa, Italy, Guyana, Spain, Canada and Thailand represented. I felt very honoured.
They then made me sing a song from my country as well. Those of you who know me well know that singing is not a strength of mine, but I respected their wishes and sang Te Aroha – Te aroha, te whakapono, me te rangimārie, tātou tātou e ………………………………….. I then translated, with love, with truth, with peace, we are all one………………..it felt very appropriate. Then there was music and dancing and more singing – a great day.
Earlier this month we were lucky enough to have a visit from Prem Rawat who is an internationally known Ambassador of Peace and Humanity. As an advocate for peace he has dedicated his life to spreading the simple and profound message that the path to peace begins with recognising the peace that resides in each and every person. This message is independent of any religious or spiritual path. Prem Rewat began his mission of peace and humanitarian outreach as a young child. By the age of 13 he started addressing global audiences. Over the course of his career, he has personally delivered his message of peace to over 10 million people in more than 50 countries, from small, informal gatherings to major international events. He has been named Ambassador for Peace at the International University of Peace in Brazil.
To think that he came here to this prison and spoke to an audience of maybe 60 women was truly an honour. He talked about how doubt can hold us back in our lives and spoke about hope and that in order to forgive others we need to first forgive ourselves. Which given my situation, I thought very appropriate. For further information, please click on the following links www.tprf.org and www.maharaji.net The first is Prem Rewat’s foundation and the second is his personal website.
It has been a very busy month since my last update. To all my supporters both whānau and friends – you all remain my inspiration. To my two dear friends who both lost their beloved fathers recently, please know that my thoughts are with you and your whānau.
Finally in the words of Prem Rewat “What you are looking for is within…..Your truth is within…..Your peace is within”.
Ka nui te aroha ki a koutou katoa,