The True Story of Who I Am
This is the true life story of Sally Hariata Waetford. In Pani (Te Reo Maori for orphan), Sally recounts a childhood marked by both tragedy and love, her devotion to family life, the discovery of her passion for natural healing remedies, and her final, full realization of who she really is. As her son once told her, "You are not a nobody." The riches of her heritage, her connection to her grandmother, the land of New Zealand, the life she built with her husband, and her influence on generations to come prove the depth of that statement.
More than a memoir, Pani is a legacy. Though initially written as a taonga, a gift for her family. Pani gives all who read it knowledge of the true wealth that generational influence can leave. Sally leaves us all with profound appreciation for the strength that simple yet steady perserverance, faith and love can give to us all.
Tena koe Sally
It was such an honour to receive my own copy of Pani. I was engrossed from the beginning - and couldn’t wait to talk to Barb as soon as I finished it!
There are so many things I got out of reading “Pani”, it’s hard to narrow it down. The word “resilience" is one that strikes very much at the heart of the book for me - if there was a movie about Sally's life I’d find it hard to believe that anyone could go through so much and still strive for and achieve what she did.
But it's way more than that. In my eyes Sally is an unwitting early trailblazer for the feminist movement - her journey from being orphaned, tragically separated from her siblings, surviving poverty, abuse and rape - to become an American University graduate, founding Te Atawai Health, and mothering 8 children, is beyond inspiring.
Her perseverance, determination and optimism defy what she has endured. For me, Sally expressed this perfectly when she said: "growing up there were tough times, yet I believed and had a strong desire to achieve what may appear impossible... I felt I had a choice and priority to focus on something that no-one can take away."
Her story is also a fascinating insight into Maori culture (particularly its treatment of women) and the customs, protocols and religion that have had such a marked impact in making Sally who she is. Likewise, the insight into the world of alternative and holistic health care and the fact that her passion was ignited by the things her grandmother taught her.
I found Sally’s vulnerability and strength heartbreakingly evidenced by the revelation of her experience of rape, which she selflessly shares in the hope that it might "help others who have been hurt by and kept silent about similar episodes".
“Pani” surprised me, captivated me, educated me – and made me cry! I adored that fact that it is also a love story, her beloved George. What a remarkable man he was to support his wife in following her dreams in that generation. Sally’s realisation towards the end that "I am not a nobody" is for me both sad and beautiful essence of the book. I feel extremely privileged to have been invited to share Sally‘s journey.
Photo of Hariata Sally Waetford, pp. 5 © Juliette Schwartz
Item Weight : 607 grams
ISBN-10 : 1416590323
ISBN-13 : 978-1-911251-52-1
Product Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
Language: : English
Page Count: 290 pages
Publisher : Revelation Partners; 1st Edition (September, 2020)
Cover & interior photos of Hariata Sally Waetford, pp. 5 & 295, © Juliette Schwartz
Editing & interior by Rachel L. Hall, Writely Divided
Cover design & koru graphic © Lionel Brian Singer
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