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What is love?

“There might not be a word in the dictionary that people are more connected to than love.”

— Katie Hood - One Love



 (verb) (-ina,-tia) to love, feel pity, feel concern for, feel compassion, empathise.

Aroha nui  

Much love, with deep affection


Many people use the word Aroha (Love) to mean many different things -love Chocolate, love our dog. But many other cultures use different words to talk about the way they feel or connect with others. Basically, words like Love and Aroha can mean a bunch of different things to different people. There’s platonic love that people feel for friends and whānau, and romantic love that people can experience with a partner or partners. Romantic love can involve a messy mix of emotions and feelings that can leave us feeling warm and fuzzy, taiatea (nervous) and whakaraerae (vulnerable), and possibly confused all at the same time!

For centuries, people have been trying to figure out what romantic aroha (love) actually is, so let’s take a minute to delve into this mysterious and complex concept!



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