The Strength of being Maori by Missmaorigal
Ok, so first of all, I had every intention of starting off by writing about all the wonderful things I’ve learnt in the past month or so. But due to certain recent events, I have something I feel needs to be said. Im scared people, scared and angry for the future generations. When an ...Continue Reading...
Pita & Tariana: legacies and looming threats
What a week it has been for the Maori Party, and for Tariana Turia and Dr Pita Sharples in particular. Today (9 July 2014) marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Maori Party, (even as the party’s survival becomes increasingly subject to question). On Thursday last week Pita ...Continue Reading...
Te Awa Tupuna – Voices from the River
Te Awa Tupua – Voices from the River, the new documentary from Paora Joseph, the director of the revelatory Tatarakihi: The Children of Parihaka (2012), tells the story of his own iwi and their long struggle to regain guardianship over their ancestral taonga, the Whanganui River. The ...Continue Reading...
Mauri Hauora Walk Talk 4, by Olly Ohlson
One of the messages contained in the poutama tukutuku is ‘no matter how much we learn, there is more to learn’ – I love that. It’s obvious that our wise ancestors communicated on many levels through oral as well as simple arts & craft forms so that stories were phrased and told in ...Continue Reading...
Walk on by? Maori and the “Compassion Gap”
(By Mamari Stephens via her Sparrowhawk Karearea blog) Most mornings I park my car at the Wellington Railway Station and briefly join the teeming masses heading into the CBD. Often I’ll walk by somewhat rumpled individuals sitting on the ground in the subway displaying hand-lettered cards ...Continue Reading...
Taku Haerenga (My Journey) by Missmaorigal
For todays’ modern Maori, the choice to learn and embrace their Maoritanga isn’t a process that happens overnight. More often than not, there is a catalyst, a starter, someone or something that leads you to ask questions. Something that makes you ask yourself what it is to be Maori. I can ...Continue Reading...
Internet Mana, a shake up in politics – Dr Leonie Pihama
(By Dr Leonie Pihama) The past few weeks in politics in Aotearoa have been quite a shake up to say the least. In particular the announcement of the Mana and Internet Party agreement. To be honest I was surprised at the announcement. But I have been more shocked at the level of attack made ...Continue Reading...
Mauri Hauora Walk Talk 3, by Olly Ohlson
As I’ve mentioned previously I have defined mauri as being – the consciousness energy that is in and around all living things. This definition took me a while to settle on as I wanted to do justice to all of the information I had been given at various stages of my life. I have to […]Continue Reading...
Mauri Hauora Walk Talk
About the symbols used in kowhaiwhai, tukutuku and carvings; what are they about really? For years I felt that there were deeper and more meaningful messages hidden within them but I couldn’t find anything that would support that … until I took up religious studies. I discovered metaphysics and ...Continue Reading...
Make sure you’re in the right seat, by Kiwa Huata
Many have taken to social media sites to raise the issue of women sitting in the front row of a powhiri. This all came about when two female members of Parliament arrived late to a powhiri and found the two closest available seats in the front row. This behaviour caused a stir in the Maori […]Continue Reading...
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