Cook Islands proverb

Te maata i taau ka oronga ko te maata rai ia i taau ka rauka.

The more you give the more you receive. If you give a lot you will receive a lot. Do not be selfish.

Melodie is the director and producer of Spirit of Tivaevae. Born in New Zealand to a Cook Islander father and American mother, Melodie was raised in the United States. Her family background gives her a unique perspective on being a Pacific Islander raised outside the culture.