I was born in New Zealand and I feel a strong connection to my country and Maori heritage. That connection gives me another layer of culture and experience to draw from. I decided to express some of what makes me who I am in our farm. The first layer of that expression is in our farms name, Aroha Acres, and what the word “Aroha” evokes from it’s definitions and interpretations. “Aroha” is defined as,
1.(verb) (-ina,-tia) to love, feel pity, feel concern for, feel compassion, empathise.
2.(noun) affection, sympathy, charity, compassion, love, empathy.
“Aroha” is also short hand for “Aroha nui” which is defined as,
1. much love, with deep affection – often used in signing off letters to friends.
So what does it mean to me and why is it the name of my farm? To me, Aroha means, to respect my land, be compassionate to the animals that live here and doing what I feel is right.
Aroha is a broad term that encompases my ideals and direction showing where I am, where I am from and where I am going. It’s the beginning of our adventure.