THE KIWI AND THE HOKIOI
by Otto Roverts
While weeding the garden on a hot Saturday afternoon I suddenly saw a vision of a kiwi. During the next couple of days the vision developed further.
I first saw the kiwi poking around in the dark on the forest floor, unearthing its edible treasure. I then saw the night dawn into day and, surprisingly, the brave little kiwi did not scurry into the safety of its burrow. It chose to stay in the light and raised its beak heavenwards. As I watched on in the vision the little humble kiwi morphed into the fearsome Hokioi, or Haast eagle. The short-sighted flightless defenceless kiwi became a far sighted, imposing eagle that no-one would dare rouse from its lofty heights. The kiwi changed into the Hokioi, but its heart remained humble.
As I mused over this vision over the next couple of days I was reminded of the hobbit Pippin at the battle of the Black Gate in the movie ‘Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King’. Under attack from the air by the dreaded Nazgul, Pippin suddenly shifted his gaze and shouted in relief, “The Eagles are coming! The Eagles are coming!” The eagles swooped and fiercely attacked the fell beasts upon which the Nazgul rode. I believe this is a prophetic picture for us in New Zealand.
In tandem with the memory of Pippin, I am increasingly feeling this burden in my spirit:
“Oh people of Aotearoa who are called Kiwis, you were not meant to hide in burrows at the dawn, nor to be a prey to the small. See, Father is calling you into an identity that soars, demonstrating His glory and His awesome power. Father is calling you into a warrior anointing. As you soar with Him, demons tremble. They see the shadow of the Lion overhead, alongside the eagle. That is where you belong, soaring with the Lion and pushing back the forces of darkness with Him. There is much death and darkness in the land - it is time to take your place. There is much suicide - it is time to take your place. There is much abortion - it is time to take your place. See, you have been clothed with strength from on high. It is time to take your place alongside the Lion and with Him push back and scatter the darkness away from Aotearoa!”
[The Kiwi – symbol of NZ. It is nocturnal, has nostrils near the tip of its beak and prods in the forest floor for edible treasure. It is vulnerable to predation from cats, ferrets, stoats, weasels and rats].
[The Hokioi (Haast eagle) – largest and heaviest eagle with a wingspan of up to 3 metres and with feet and claws the size of a tiger’s. Females were up to 17kg with males up to 12kg].
Otto Roverts is married, with 4 adult children, and lives in Christchurch. His day job involves working in an electricity company looking after their IT needs. He is a member of Grace Vineyard Beach Campus where he serves as part of the Prayer Ministry team and the Welcome team. In term 3 he will be involved in teaching a Prophetic Training course at his church.