"Welcome to Our Village"

NZ and the World Share the PM's Happiness Today (22 June 2018)


The wind moves
through the manuka and cabbage trees
whispering a tender song of arrival

Dear little breath
the little cheeks soft
the little mouth opening and closing

Baby held to beating heart
and hope and mother's skin
the father's warm embrace

The wind's breath blows
across a city, the stories
of here and now,
of days gone and the days to come,
dancing like a ribbon
of bright butterflies

a gift, a taonga, a joy

a dance for family
a dance for connection
a dance for love

The tui sings, the korimako trills
the harbour waits
the mountain listens
for the baby born

By Paula Green (NZH, 22 June 2018)