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…
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.
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?
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/
Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua As man disappears from sight, the land remains Indigenous cultures around the world have very strong connections with land. Their connection is spiritual, cultural, social and physical. Land is not something to be pillaged - taking all the natural resources from it and leave it barren and turned into … Continue reading Hands off our land…