Proverb / Saying : Learning


In order to visit Palmerston, Cook Islands, you must be adopted by a local. BBC Travel. (Credit: Rob Roberts)

“I eat the spit of the old people”

Papa Ngatai continued “When I was young I followed, I listened, I asked questions, I served the old people of our village. In return they gave me the knowledge they had acquired over their lifetime. Girl, someone once said to me, when a person dies, a library dies. Their libraries live in me”.

Papa Ngatai Pakoti, Cook Islands.



Maryanne Marsters

Writer. Kia orana, I come from little islands in the biggest ocean in the world - Moana Pacific. I write of moments in lives. The voices of people, of us.