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It has been a year of ups and downs for us all and to celebrate and commemorate these moments we have decided to kick off our annual list of The 21 Most Influential Maori in 2010′.

This list comes after 12 full months of quiet observation and is a small reflection on people who we at TangataWhenua.com have noticed this year.

Some have worked hard to gain the spotlight; others had the spotlight thrust upon to them due to circumstance, both good and bad. What we have seen with all of then is that they represented Maori, the negatives and positives, while demonstrating to ourselves and to the wider World that our talent is deep and should never be taken for granted.

If you have any comments agree, disagree or even want to add new names to this list, please do. Remember, this list is more about Maori who we have seen pull our individual and collective attention.

And now, the 21 most influential Maori to our small whanau are

2 COMMENTS

  1. Answer:

    While I see the sense in the media covering people who significantly stand up for the rights of Maori, language, culture, traditions, stories and song, I wonder if this most Maori of Maori publications can consider a section which we can post in from our rohe personal acknowledgements of quiet acheivers bith living and ones that have passed on? Maybe add a favourite saying or other memorable notes. (Apologies for a double post. I was trying to put the macron on the kupu Maori but it didn't work). Keep up the good work and the format of Tangata Whenua online has been a success and credit to you all!.

    Ranking 0-5 (0-very, very bad;5-excellent), how do you think 2010 was

    a) for you personally, 4

    A challenge and a half doing my Matauranga Maori studies at Te Wananga-o-te Raukawa. Three cheers for such a high standard in education Maori. I was struggling to hit the mark all the way, Never in previous courses, was I so concerned about getting it right. For me, it is becaise it was all about me and… who I was and where I had come from (my tupuna and the whenua they so appreciated and cared for)

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    b) for Aotearoa

    Economically our people are going off shore for survival and a 'future'. However, you cannot take your culture, your imediate and extended family with you to keep an eye out for you. The further we go the more we put roots down in other lands. When the children come along we have a respobsibility to let them experience life firsthand in Aotearoa. The more we leave the harder it is for those left behind to survive, to pay for their daily needs. Instead maybe we need to stop, take stock of what we are doing and decide, is more money, less time with our family really success? Is leaving to assimilate elsewhere really success? Holidaying and working away for a time is a good way to see the world, But home is where the heart is. What the NZ Government wants to achieve may/may not be the best for our people. But if we aren't involved, who are we to complain, when we return for tangi, reunions etc, that the NZ (the simple uncomplicated lifestyle when the weather, the tides, the pipis, the beaches, the homestead, the rellies), we left behind no longer exist?

    and

    c) for Maori??

    The world recognises Maori (and not just for our sporting prowess), as a people with a unique culture. We are the subject of studies world wide. However as an identity we are not as acknowledged in our land of birth. When will the news speak more of the achievers who are Maori rather than the negatives associated with those who have been reared in desparate circumstances and have fallen into crime and the other negatives associated with this viscious circle. Also the sense of humour of Boy is infectious, let that be our will more 2011 for Maori to have more to smile about!

  2. 2010 what a year!

    Question:

    2011 is underway – is there anything you are looking forward to over the next 12 months?

    Answer:

    While I see the sense in the media covering people who significantly stand up for the rights of M?ori, language, culture, traditions, stories and song, I wonder if this most M

    And ranking 0-5 (0-very, very bad;5-excellent), how do you think 2010 was a) for you personally, b) for Aotearoa and c) for Maori??

    a year!

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