Why Waitangi…

In 1934 up to 10,000 Māori gathered at Waitangi for celebrations after General Lord Bledisloe gifted the Treaty House and grounds to the nation in 1932. 1960 saw the introduction of a national day to commemorate the signing of the Treaty (February 6). It wasn't until 1974 that it became a national holiday. The first … Continue reading Why Waitangi…

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Is culture copyright?

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?