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/
This week's theme at which I explore provocative action in New Zealand is land. It's timely (and I'd love to say planned) that it's the week in which Parihaka is remembered by many. Parihaka is a story that needs telling in Aotearoa. Children of this country should grow up knowing about Te Whiti-o-Rongomai and Tohu … Continue reading Parihaka – NZ’s war and peace