John and Heather Flavell

“As priests of a bicultural ministry of 30 years, we’ve heard a lot of stories, and we’ve listened with our hearts.”

Listening - Whakarongona

“Naina, 92-years-old, in command in the stern, drinking cups of tea, undaunted by the rocking and rolling boat as we make our way to Ruapuke, to a tangihanga on her tūrangawaewae.”

“As she became frail, she asked us to visit. . . John and I sat beside her, John played his guitar. If he stopped from lack of sleep, she’d bang his head to make him continue.”