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April 16, 2018

Remember when you were younger and you got a growling for sitting on a table? Your cousin, or your classmate, looks at you with an all knowing look and says “that’s tapu”. To this day the idea of cutting my nails or hair at night makes me feel uneasy. Again, I was told it was […]

October 2, 2017

There is a whakatauki that says “Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi.” As an old net withers, another is remade. This saying speaks to the regeneration of society; the significance of passing the mantle to the young. As rangatahi (most of us at least…) we are the future of our culture, and must […]

September 11, 2017

Nā Kahu Kutia, Ngāi Tūhoe Whakamāori nā Migoto Eria   Kohukohu ana ki te rangi Kohukohu ana ki te papa Kohukohu ana ki te ao, kohukohu ana ki te pō, Arā ngā kākahu a Hinepūkohurangi.   Kei taku kura tuatahi, ka whakaakona e rātou te whakakīngia i tō mātou pepeha. He pepa e A4 te rahi, […]

September 11, 2017

When I was taught certain things about New Zealand history in high school I took them as objective truth. When they told me that Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand I absorbed that information as truth, even as my bones knew that Māori had been here long before. When my education prioritised teaching about World War […]

September 11, 2017

E rere e taku manu i te hā ō Ranginui Ki ngā maunga kārangaranga o tōku papakāinga Ki ngā wai kaukau ō tōku iwi, ngā wai tuku oranga mō te iwi Hai tōku whakapapa, tōku here ki ōku tīpuna mai rā anō Ko tēnei te reo hai whakaahua i ōku whakaaro   He reo whakapuaki […]

July 31, 2017

#thisonesforourmāmās I tērā mārama, ka whakaputa te kōrero nā te pāti Act mō ngā mahi o te whānau. E ai ki tētahi, ko te mahi whakatipu tamariki, he mahi mō te whānau nāna te pūtea ki te whakatipu tamariki anake. Wāwau ana te whakaaro nei! Nā Metiria Turei – te takirua o te Pāti Kakariki […]

July 17, 2017

My dad’s lineage is Māori. The tangata whenua of this land. This whenua is our birthplace, but our roots are elsewhere. My mum’s ancestors are Pākehā who arrived in New Zealand a few generations ago to farm the land. If you follow those lines further, there is a wide migration through Europe, through Scottish backlands […]

May 8, 2017

Matene Te Whiwhi Rd, Katu Rd, Unaiki Rd, Kakakura Rd, Rauoterangi Rd, Hurumutu Rd, Hokowhitu Rd.  Most weeks, some news gets us rolling our eyes, and last week was no exception. News arose of the Kapiti Council’s proposed plan to name seven new sections of road, recently built in their rohe. The proposed names, listed above, honour the […]

April 10, 2017

Chevron Te Whetumatarau Hassett, Mum with wakahuia   When I was studying art in high school, it was very rare that I could find a Māori artist to inspire my research — rarer still to find a Māori photographer. Historically we have always been in front of the lens, categorised, fetishised by classical anthropologists, consistently […]

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