We are both happy and sad to announce the birth of extremely rare giraffe twin calves, a girl and a boy, to 7-year-old Kiraka. This is a bitter-sweet announcement as, unfortunately, despite the great efforts of our Pridelands and vet teams, the male’s post-birth complications became untreatable and so we said a difficult goodbye yesterday morning. Things are looking much more positive with the female calf; she has developed a strong bond with her mother and we are optimistic for the days ahead. Twins are extremely rare in giraffes with a little over 30 documented cases worldwide. For more information: http://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/sites/news/media-releases/Rare-giraffe-twins-born Photo credit: Emma Wells
We've got BIG news! You might need to sit down for this one..with a strong cup of tea!
We have just put the new Manakau land on the the market! But don't panic its a good thing...in fact its because we have a bigger and better opportunity to achieve HUHA's ultimate dream to develop a rescue rehab and community center that everyone can be proud of!!
Over the xmas break there were complaints to council because we put 6 Alpaca on the 18 acres for two weeks (there were noise breach concerns!). At the same time the front gate bolt was cut and the gates left open as well as our back gates too! And on top of that some of the Manakau community had a Che Fu concert shut down at the local pub....it was Che Fu, crikey if he can't win them over we have no show!!. So we have come to terms with the fact that no matter how careful and lovely we are, just us breathing in their air, will always cause them dicontent and to be honest we just don't have time for drama. After gaining resource consent through Environmental Court we have every right to go ahead with our plans at Manakau - but the truth is we don't want anyone to get hurt...and our intention was always to be an asset and make our community proud, and sadly we are not confident that the Manakau community will ever see us that way. But don't stress this story has a golden lining...seriously we searched for 3 years for the ideal happy ever after for HUHA and after a few false starts, at last we have found it!!
On the 23rd of December we had an offer accepted on 157 acres. ..yup 157 NEIGHBOUR FREE, DO WHAT WE LIKE, BUILD THE PERFECT PARADISE ACRES on the Haywards Hills. We are so excited, we will never out grow this spot, and will even be able to provide the community with an off leash forest Park to use and enjoy! We are currently going through the due diligence stage, but hope to settle and start building ASAP.
And to complete our puzzle of growth we have also been giving the opportunity (due to sad and serious health issues:0( ) to take possession of the Stokes Valley Vet Clinic, a family run business that has been loved and admired by its clients for around 40 years. We hope to continue to be an asset to the community and make Ian and Lorna proud as they hand over the keys in the coming weeks.
In the meantime we are still in Otaki as plans for Winstones to demolish the park have been delayed and we have been allowed an extension (how crazily convenient and unexpected is that!!).
The Manakau property has been an important stepping stone, as we have developed it and relocated a four bedroom cottage it has valued up and will help us achieve the move to the 157 acres on the Haywards. For those of you who have invested time or donations you have helped us so much on this journey and we are so truly grateful...everything you have given is coming with us and will help us to continue this important and life saving work.
So that's our news!! We will be moving further away from some of you and closer to others, but please know that we are a national organisation and it doesn't matter where you are if you need us we will rally!
Please let us know if you have any questions. Sorry for the roller-coaster but boy is the ride going to be worth it for the animals...and they are who we are doing this for xx ____________________________________________________ To help us rebuild HUHA please donate $3 Txt "huha" to 4463 Thank you HUHA Community, together we can save lives!!
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Move over mannequin challenge! A new trend called “The Way You Move Challenge” is sweeping the internet and it’s got the whole Pacific dancing. Tonight Te Kāea speaks to Rotorua based dance crew Toka Tū who put their own Māori twist to the challenge. So are you ready to move? #thewayyoumovechallenge #TokāTū #TeKāea
Congratulations to Singh Sahib Jathedar Baba Kulwant Singh Ji on completing 17 years in Hazoori Sewa of Kalgidhar Pita Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj. Babaji were bestowed with Takhat Sahib sewa in year 2000 after sachkhand gaman of Jathedar Baba Hazoora Singh Ji.
May Babaji continue with blessed sewa and lead Khalsa Panth in upholding Puratan Maryada from Takhat Sahib.
Our first family Christmas photo! - hopefully it'll be funny in 20 years time 😬😬😬 On another note, to help out other people and families for whom Christmas isn't the nicest time of year, The Salvation Army is taking donations if you feel like getting into the spirit of giving and making someone else's Christmas that little bit better (at salvationarmy.org.nz or 0800530000) #scarysanta #future21stphoto #firstfamilychristmas #thankingourluckystars #bringhopetolife
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RAAG SOOHEE, FOURTH MEHL, CHHANT, FIRST HOUSE: ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU: If only I could meet the True Guru, the Primal Being. Discarding my faults and sins, I would chant the Lords Glorious Praises. I meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. Continuously, continually, I chant the Word of the Gurus Bani.Gurbani always seems so sweet; I have eradicated the sinful residues from within. The disease of egotism is gone, fear has left, and I am absorbed in celestial peace. Through the Word of the Gurus Shabad, the bed of my body has become cozy and beautiful, and I enjoy the essence of spiritual wisdom. Night and day, I continually enjoy peace and pleasure. O Nanak, this is my pre-ordained destiny. || 1 || The soul-bride is lovingly embellished with truth and contentment; her Father, the Guru, has come to engage her in marriage to her Husband Lord. Joining with the humble Saints, I sing Gurbani. Singing the Gurus Bani,I have obtained the supreme status; meeting with the Saints, the self-elect, I am blessed and adorned. Anger and attachment have left my body and run away; I have eradicated hypocrisy and doubt. The pain of egotism is gone, and I have found peace;my body has become healthy and free of disease. By Gurus Grace, O Nanak, I have realized God, the ocean of virtue. || 2 || The self-willed manmukh is separated, far away from God; she does not obtain the Mansion of His Presence, and she burns.Egotism and falsehood are deep within her; deluded by falsehood, she deals only in falsehood. Practicing fraud and falsehood,she suffers terrible pain; without the True Guru, she does not find the way. The foolish soul-bride wanders along dismal pathways; each and every moment, she is bumped and pushed. God, the Great Giver, shows His Mercy, and leads her to meet the True Guru, the Primal Being. Those beings who have been separated for countless incarnations, O Nanak, are reunited with the Lord, with intuitive ease. || 3 || Calculating the most auspicious moment, the Lord comes into the brides home; her heart is filled with ecstasy. The Pandits and astrologers have come, to sit and consult the almanacs. They have consulted the almanacs, and the brides mind vibrates with bliss, when she hears that her Friend is coming into the home of her heart. The virtuous and wise men sat down and decided to perform the marriage immediately. She has found her Husband, the Inaccessible, Unfathomable Primal Lord, who is forever young; He is her Best Friend from her earliest childhood. O Nanak, he has mercifully united the bride with Himself. She shall never be separated again. || 4 || 1 ||
Tilang, First Mehl: O foolish and ignorant soul-bride, why are you so proud?Within the home of your own self, why do you not enjoy the Love of your Lord?Your Husband Lord is so very near, O foolish bride; why do you search for Him outside?Apply the Fear of God as the maascara to adorn your eyes, and make the Love of the Lord your ornament.Then, you shall be known as a devoted and committed soul-bride, when you enshrine love for your Husband Lord. ||1||What can the silly young bride do, if she is not pleasing to her Husband Lord?She may plead and implore so many times, but still, such a bride shall not obtain the Mansion of the Lord's Presence.Without the karma of good deeds, nothing is obtained, although she may run around frantically.She is intoxicated with greed, pride and egotism, and engrossed in Maya.She cannot obtain her Husband Lord in these ways; the young bride is so foolish! ||2||Go and ask the happy, pure soul-brides, how did they obtain their Husband Lord?Whatever the Lord does, accept that as good; do away with your own cleverness and self-will.By His Love, true wealth is obtained; link your consciousness to His lotus feet.As your Husband Lord directs, so you must act; surrender your body and mind to Him, and apply this perfume to yourself.So speaks the happy soul-bride, O sister; in this way, the Husband Lord is obtained. ||3||Give up your selfhood, and so obtain your Husband Lord; what other clever tricks are of any use?When the Husband Lord looks upon the soul-bride with His Gracious Glance, that day is historic - the bride obtains the nine treasures.She who is loved by her Husband Lord, is the true soul-bride; O Nanak, she is the queen of all.Thus she is imbued with His Love, intoxicated with delight; day and night, she is absorbed in His Love.She is beautiful, glorious and brilliant; she is known as truly wise. ||4||2||4||
----------------------------------------------------------- Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Ji.
Shalok: The Merciful Lord is the Savior of the Saints; their only support is to sing the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises.One becomes immaculate and pure, by associating with the Saints, O Nanak, and taking the Protection of the Transcendent Lord. ||1||The burning of the heart is not dispelled at all, by sandalwood paste, the moon, or the cold season.It only becomes cool, O Nanak, by chanting the Name of the Lord. ||2||Pauree:Through the Protection and Support of the Lord's lotus feet, all beings are saved.Hearing of the Glory of the Lord of the Universe, the mind becomes fearless.Nothing at all is lacking, when one gathers the wealth of the Naam.The Society of the Saints is obtained, by very good deeds.Twenty-four hours a day, meditate on the Lord, and listen continually to the Lord's Praises. ||17||
----------------------------------------------------------- Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Ji
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Bhai Dyal Dass was son of Bhai Mai Dass and younger brother of martyr Bhai Mani Singh ji. His grandfather, Balu Ram had attained martyrdom while fighting in Guru Hargobind's first battle of faith against the Mughals. Bhai Mai Dass came to Kiratpur for an audience with Guru Har Rai in 1657 A.D. While returning, he left his three elder sons for service of the Guru's institution.
Bhai Dyal Dass was fifteen when he entered the Guru's institution.On recommendation from Diwan Durga Mall, Guru Tegh Bahadur made him minister for domestic affairs. In 1665 A.D., when Guru Tegh Bahadur went to Assam from Patna, he left him at Patna to look after his family. The birth of (Guru) Gobind Singh took place under his care and service and he looked after the prince till he reached Anandpur.
After sending the Kashmiri Brahmins back on the 25th May, 1675 A.D., Guru Tegh Bahadur decided to go to Agra for courting arrest. Before leaving Anandpur, he asked his principal devotees to ask for any blessing they had at heart. All were unanimous in their reply, 'That we be granted permission to accompany you to Agra." Bhai Dayal Dass was also one of those Sikhs who had been arrested ahead of the Guru.
On the 9th November, 1675 A.D., the qazis ordered that Bhai Dayal Dass be seated in a cauldron of boiling water. On hearing the ruling, Bhai Dayal Dass asked leave of the Guru. The Guru said, "Brother, your service has borne fruit due to which your turn has come before mine. Great are you and blessed is your devotion. What pleasure can be greater for me than to see my lifelong devotees sacrificing their lives for the protection of human rights even ahead of me. May God bless you with success."
Before putting Bhai Dyal Dass in the cauldron of boiling water, refering to Bhai Mati Das Ji the qazis said, "There is still time. Embrace Islam and save yourself from pains otherwise you will face greater agony than your companion. You have seen how cruelly he was sawn." Bhai Dayal Dass replied, "You could not harass my companion. Did you notice, how calmly he was meditating on the word of his Guru when he was being sawn. Having made mockery of bodily pains, he had diffused into the Supreme Being. Hurry up and let my soul attain unity with the Lord." On his reply in the negative, the executioners sat him in the cauldron of boiling water. He stayed on sitting in the water with an unwavering mind. His flesh separated from his bones and his soul merged into the Supreme Being.