‘Te anga karaka, te anga koura, kei kitea te Marae‘
The shells of the karaka berry, and the shells of the crayfish, should not be seen from the Marae.
The Editor likes this as he lives in Karaka Grove, Raumati Beach, just west of Weka Park, which unfortunately attracts its share of rubbish.
And although the proverb clearly has a hygienic undertone, it also refers to discipline.
A tribe or war party who disregards organization and has no concern for where they leave their rubbish and gear reflects poor leadership and discipline, thus becoming easy prey for a more regimented force.
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