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…
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!
Today I've been thinking about Māori culture and how often these days we see things 'pop up' on the other side of the world that have their origins in Aotearoa. "Imitation is the best form of flattery" - is that true? What if the imitation butchers the original? What if the imitation doesn't understand cultural significance … Continue reading Is culture copyright?
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/