Tākaka Song: Activism and Awakening among The River Tribe, Golden Bay, New Zealand In poetry, story and images.
In the summer of 2016, hundreds of young people, mostly from overseas, create a free-flowing community in the trees beside the Tākaka River, Golden Bay, New Zealand. They call themselves the River Tribe. The Tribe’s values include, love, freedom, peace, simplicity, spirituality and sustainability.
In February 2017 Kevin Moran travels to Tākaka to spend time with the Tribe. Over the next two months he writes poetry supporting the young travellers he meets. He stands firm against the bigotry and violence these young overseas people are subjected to by a small section of the community.
When the Tasman District Council closes the Reilly Street Freedom Carpark in April, Kevin stays on in Golden Bay writing a series of sonnets about the River Tribe, his education by the Māori Jesus and his environmental work as coordinator of the Campaign to Save Te Waikoropupū Springs.
Tākaka Song is a story of awakening and activism. Its foundation stone is Kevin’s experience of the process of self-realisation (psychological and spiritual rebirth) and his relationship with the inner Teacher who guides and inspires him through tiny wisdom sayings given on the edge of sleep. At the heart of the book is the call to love, not only our fellow humans, but the creatures and ecosystems of the Earth.
Wāhi Tapu: Poetry from the Onetahua (Farewell Spit) Artists Residency
In September 2017, Kevin Moran travelled to Onetahua as part of the eighth Onetahua/Farewell Spit Artists Residency. Over 5 days and 4 nights he and eleven other artists sought inspiration while staying in the old light-keepers house and wandering the sand and shorelines of Onetahua. Following
the residency artists had six months to create an artistic response to their experience. These 30 poems are Kevin’s response.
Kevin is a poet-shaman and poet-activist. He works to protect the natural world by writing poetry, public speaking and coordinating the Save Te Waikoropupū Springs Campaign. He has worked as a counsellor and spiritual companion and has a long-term interest in dreams and spirituality.
His love of the wild beauty of Onetahua shines through these poems. The poetry is written in the form of a pilgrimage which begins at the Onetahua Marae and ends with the participants returning to Collingwood and an Onetahua Blessing.
Water Protectors: The Story of the Campaign to Save Te Waikoropupū Springs in poetry and images
‘Water Protectors: The Story of the Campaign to Save Te Waikoropupū Springs in poetry and images’ is Kevin’s second book. As you read the 92 page book with its poems, photographs and art work you will enter the world of an environmental struggle. You will read of protests, passionate petitions and the tiny Iwi battling to protect Te Waikoropupū in Golden Bay through the implementation of a Water Conservation Order. Water Protectors is more than a book of poems. It’s the inside story of the battle to save a Living Treasure. It’s a cry for justice for the People of the Land. It sings the values of the heart. Book sales will support the Save Our Springs hikoi in the North Island over Oct, Nov, and Dec 2018 and Kevin’s ongoing water protection work.
Alchemical Psalms Book/CD
Alchemical Psalms CD
Alchemical Psalms is an original & creative CD best listened to in a reflective & meditative space. The CD evokes soul & spirit through the author’s voice, his sister Eilish Moran’s feminine ‘soul’ voice, sound effects from nature & the talented improvisations of master didgeridoo player Sika Rose, harpist Amira Mudfaery Nadira and CD producer Levity’s guitar & mandolin offerings, making it a unique sensory and spiritual experience. The CD concludes with the hauntingly beautiful ‘Kotuku’ composed and sung by Kevin’s daughter Sita Moran, backed by harpist Helen Webby and guitarist Davy Stuart.