How a Noble spirit was flushed down the bog

Oh dear. Let’s all weep and wail for Oriwa Pehi-Livapulu, whose mana has been taken away and her son Noble’s spirit trampled on.

Yeah, right.

A mother is seeking legal advice after her 5-year-old son was made to clean toilets by a caregiver at Chipmunks as punishment for supposedly hitting a girl in the face with a ball.

Oriwa Pehi-Livapulu says her son Noble could have become sick and has complained to Child, Youth and Family, which funds the after-school care programme in Rotorua, known as Oscar.

“They could have made him collect the dishes off the table but he was not given that option. He doesn’t even clean the toilet at home, he’s only 5 years old. I draw the line at that. It’s a big no-no.

“My mana has been taken away from me. Noble’s spirit has been trampled on.”


Pehi-Livapulu insists her son has denied hitting the girl on purpose.

She has taken her children out of Chipmunks but is demanding answers from the centre owner, Doug Lambert.

Mr Lambert did not return Herald calls yesterday but has said Noble was made to squirt cleaning product into a toilet before scrubbing it with a brush while being supervised by the 40-year-old caregiver who punished him.

The caregiver was new and had been told she must not use cleaning toilets as a punishment.

Ms Pehi-Livapulu will seek legal advice over the matter at an appointment with lawyer Annette Sykes on Friday.

Sykes? Isn’t she the brief who defended the two stroppy buggers in Northland who roughed up the Prime Minister?

Alf would like to have seen much more concern for his mana after that unseemly incident at Waitangi.

As for Pehi-Livapulu, who is training to become a teacher, Alf despairs. How is she going to discipline the kids she teaches if the preservation of mana and spirit rates so high in her disciplinary considerations?

Final thought: If bog cleaning is mana-shrinking, who does it in the Pehi-Livapulu household?

2 Responses to How a Noble spirit was flushed down the bog

  1. m4k2004 says:

    Well what kind of discipline would she choose if cleaning the dishes didn’t work? Im sorry but I feel no pain for her. My six year regularly cleans the toilets (he and his 8 yr old brother swap the chore out monthly). And that isn’t for punishment. It’s to teach them about hard work. If this child believes that’s it not okay to clean the toilet now, and is not made to do chores (yes, even the toilet), then what kind of man does she expect this child to turn into?

  2. Pique Oil says:

    Alf, the problem is actually very simple. Words like Mana are tossed around as some sort of esoteric password. If you dare question the meaning or get specific it is immediately classed as arrogant racism.
    Fortunately we have the internet which allows us to see what has and has not been quantified.
    The Maori Law Review is a good place to start and the following is from http://www.bennion.co.nz and is from March 2001
    “[I]s at the heart of historical and modern Mäori concepts of leadership.” It is political power which may be inherited (whakapapa) and/or gained through personal achievements. The former (mana tüpuna) is still evident in Mäori society but does not inevitably prevail. The latter (mana tangata) is traditionally very important and probably has increased importance in modern times.

    So until we discover the version of Mana (tupuna or tangata) we are hindered in our comments. However I will hazard a guess that the supposed Mana is actually Mana Tangata, and as such is a crock of shit, just like the toilet carries away every day.

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