Introduction The inspiration for my blog came from listening to journalist Maiki Sherman talk about questioning the then Prime Minister John Key about Māori representation on the proposed new flag design. She questioned him while her fellow journalists silently looked on. Someone accused her of being an activist, as if that was a bad thing. … Continue reading Reflecting…


Hands off our haka!

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!

Culture /ˈkʌltʃə/

This week I want to look at people and organisations who have fought for the preservation and strengthening of Māori culture. Today's post is looking at current events that address the theme. Mita Mohi Yesterday  treasured Te Arawa kaumātua Mita Mohi passed away. "Mohi (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) was responsible for the … Continue reading Culture /ˈkʌltʃə/