Patrick Thomsen shared his story of education on E-Tangata. It's an interesting and sobering read. There is real power in someone's story. It can challenge assumptions or 'head in the sand' thinking. It can validate someone else's experience who was thinking it's just them or in their imagination.
Te Hamua Shane Nikora talks about the composition of the haka he created for Standing Rock. Well worth a watch.
Sport is a huge part of the landscape of many countries. We have our sports we love, those that the odd person succeeds at and then sports that are unheard of. Provocative action has been taken when it comes to sport for decades in New Zealand. This week I want to look at some of … Continue reading No Māoris, no tour…
Rahui Papa gave an interview about the Kingitanga movement and was questioned about the Māori King's politically-focussed kōrero recently. Well, the Kīngitanga, by its very nature, is political. It was set up as a political response to the land sales in the 1800s. By 1858, the relationship with the Crown had soured so much that … Continue reading Long live the Kingitanga…
There has been a lot of publicity around the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Over recent weeks there was a groundswell of support from Māori for our Indigenous brothers and sisters of Standing Rock tribe. Haka with Standing Rock has over 47,000 members. Some travelled to Dakota to offer their physical support to the … Continue reading Standing with Standing Rock
It seems that other countries can't get enough of the haka. It's one thing to appreciate it when it's performed. It's a completely different thing to use it for the purpose of comedy when you KNOW you are being culturally offensive and go so far as admit that. It's clear the show's writers were well-aware … Continue reading Hands off our haka!
Sometimes provocative action can be as simple as writing an article about proper pronounciation. Simple - but challenging! "We all agree about Māoritanga's vital place at the heart of New Zealand culture, so why, asks Luke Tipoki, are we so relaxed about letting incorrect Māori pronunciation slide? Kai Kora, Kai Kura, even Kia Kora (as … Continue reading What’s in a name?