One of my favorite photos: The day after it was taken, snow fell in The Valley. The image sort of sums up what media do worldwide: angels of news.
Sometimes angels come to you: Unexpectedly. Do we have eyes to see them, when they do? (more…)
Photo: Boomerang, The Economist.
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I go down to the creek Where the water gurgles Joyfully As it hurries along Over the shining sand and pebbles To its destiny With the sea. Dappled sunlight (more…)
A very different view: A Māori football coach is fostering relationships with Australian kids in the hope one day a Māori football team will face off against an Aboriginal team. Almost 60 Australian football kids are in NZ at the moment and are being hosted for the first time by the head of Māori Football NZ.
News source: Te Karere News.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.11.12~
Hot in sports is Maobo Originals sports star, Timana James Aporo Tahu with his hat trick of tries in the league.
Strength with speed. He’s the one that got away, across the line, thrice.
ABC put it this way: Timana Tahu rolled back the years on Monday with a hat-trick of tries to help Newcastle Knights end a run of five straight defeats with an upset 38-20 win over Wests Tigers at Hunter Stadium.
Check him, here. Winner!
[News tip: Peter Williams. Photo: Mark Kohl for Getty Images].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.6.12~
WARATAH TAOGAGA IS A TRUE BLUE “MAOBO” ORIGINAL MOZZIE STAR – FROM ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA TO HELENSVILLE
Q. What is something New Zealand offers you that living Hollywood doesn’t?
A. Hanging out with Maori cousins like Waratah Taogaga – who is half Aboriginal from the oldest culture Australia knows, as well as being Maori (Ngati Whatua and Ngapuhi Tribes). Waratah is also blessed with Samoan lineage. She loves kapa haka (Maori cultural performance). Waratah lives in Helensville, the New Zealand PM’s designated electorate – quite happily.
Like her Maori-Polynesian momma, Eileen, Waratah’s sweet humble spirit and her respect for her elders knowledge, always makes me smile.
She’s a little bubbly star, just trekking a bright future for our tribes and all New Zelanders.
Waratah is A Maobo (Maori Abbo) original of Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Though, she’s just Warratah really. A person her Kiwi family loves. Living her young life and loving it in NZ. :)
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Watching young people like Waratah grow in her Maoritanga (Maori culture) is just one groovy thing I can think of asap about being back in NZ, that I wouldn’t get to see in Hollywood – yet.
[Photographs - Archives]
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Artwork – Womens Dreaming.
Artist – Susan Pitjara Hunter
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Aboriginal Rights & Just Australian Redress on the way? - Australia’s big story of the day.
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Jessica’s website tells this story of a rising talent’s journey: “For much of the early part of 2010, Darwin’s favourite daughter, Jessica Mauboy, found herself at various time driving down Los Angeles’s frenetic Sunset Boulevard, or standing amid the towering, neon-stamped buildings that engulf New York’s Times Square, or enjoying the soul food and urban hip-hop sounds of Atlanta. She occasionally found herself in studios at 3am with imposing hip-hop producers, draped in bling, sipping Grey Goose, and puffing on Cuban cigars, taking phone calls from her dad back home, checking that she was okay.
Yes, it’s surely a long way from the red dusts of the Northern Territory… It was in America, home of her musical heroes (Mariah, Whitney, Michael) where Jessica discover the sounds that would make up her second album.”
Take a listen. Soulful.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.1.12~
Achievable or not, this is the year we can all take a moment to dream.
Writes Rachel Browne for the Sydney Morning Herald today – “Perfect position - Delwyn “D.J.” Gothachalkenin, 9, from the far north Queensland Aboriginal community of Arukun, was rewarded with a trip to Sydney for New Year’s Eve for good school attendance last year.”
Given the fact that all Australians have been in attendance on Delwyn’s ancestors’ dreamland nation for about 200 years now, perhaps Delwyn should be giving out the best attendance report card awards. (It’s all about perspective really isn’t it? Lol!).
Anyway, Rachel in an inspiring piece writes about igniting the imagination as the Aussie nation of 20 odd million folks, give themselves the permission to dream as a country in innovative ways forward that are more meaningful for all Australians. Love it.
She wites: “AS THE endless rainbow symbol lit up the Sydney Harbour Bridge last night, it signalled the dawn of a new year – and fresh possibilities. The four-coloured rainbow represents the theme for the next 12 months: time to dream.
If each new year is a blank canvas of sorts, now is the time to consider how it will be filled. Will we dream big, or are our concerns for the year ahead more prosaic?
[Photo caption - A new day brings a new year. Sydney welcomes in New Year's Day 2012. Photo: James Alcock].
We can take the four colours of the rainbow on the bridge for inspiration: yellow symbolising optimism, violet for peace, green for the environment and blue for the sea, sky and future aspirations.”
There is a sense in the South Pacific of dreaming for future generations more sustainably, and fighting to achieve and protect freedom’s fruition outworked in dreams achieved through community, as a result of DreamTime.
“In our permanently plugged-in culture, distraction from an array of electronic devices is constant. When was the last time we switched off, tuned out and simply sat and contemplated? And are we still idealistic enough to dream or has the daily grind blunted our optimism? Dreaming [is therefore] a luxury [of] right.”
From a South Pacific perspective, no Aussie New Year’s is complete without some Darlene Zschech songwriting.
With millions of fans across the world, Zscech like Hollywood stars such as Jodi Foster, began her career in showbiz starring in TV commercials as a young child. Coppertone, was her first TVC for the Australian people. I first saw Darlene in the background of a Wellington Conference singing like a beautiful angel, 21 years ago, long before she became mega-famous. I immediately thought, “who is this wildly beautiful blonde woman whose whole being exists to sing?” There was just something stand out special about her. Today Darlene’s songwriting has ensured she has reached as many fans (if not more) as Australian artists such as Kylie Minogue.
To switch it up and share the Aussie love this New Years, here’s the cast of Fox TV’s American Idol reality TV show, one year, singing one of Darlene’s fine Aussie songs. Zschech’s songs always incite the abilities for global audiences who sing her songs (she is the peoples’ songwriter); to dream big and aspire to higher and more noble pathways forward with a spirit of gratitude and humility in that process. Here’s Shout To The Lord.
Keeping your word - New Year’s resolutions. Follow up action skills needed to be set to all that talk.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific.
When dominant majorities speak out against indigenous peoples minorities to oppress them even more (in any way), then complain when of lack of freedom of speech, if checked by a judge… you have to wonder why greed never sleeps.
This story via Australia today just makes you cringe:
CANBERRA, Australia — A popular right-wing commentator was found guilty Wednesday of breaking Australian discrimination law by implying that fair-skinned Aborigines chose to identify as indigenous for profit and career advancement.
Federal Court Justice Mordy Bromberg ruled that fair-skinned Aborigines were likely to have been “offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated by the imputations” included in columnist Andrew Bolt‘s two articles published by the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne in 2009.
Bromberg ruled out Bolt and his publisher’s defense under a clause of the Racial Discrimination Act that exempts “fair comment.” Bromberg said he will prohibit reproduction of the offending articles and will consider ordering the newspaper to publish a correction if it doesn’t print an apology. (more…)
Meet Waratah Taogaga, member of the kapa haka team of Ngati Whatua o Kaipara iwi.
In this photo, Waratah is doing her best Keith Quinn, “pass the pukana” Keith Quinn expression.” Ha! :)
Of Aboriginal, Maori and Samoan lineage, she’s a mana wahine in the making, we love dearly and are proud of.
Waratah is pictured here, on her Auckland Iwi’s special and historic day on August 9th 2011.
What I like about her is her beautiful gracious spirit. Like an ornament of grace for our tribe and Helensville taone.
[Music - Black Pearl as song by Moana & The Moa Hunters]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.9.11~
At the whanau hui today, on the site where Sir Paul Reeves was celebrated when he crossed the try line for the final time, Uncle Harry Hill asked me if I’d seen Geoffrey Gurrumul featured on Maori Television, last night.
I said, “yeah, Uncs. I did.”
He smiled, nodding.
“It’s spirit music, healing the land.”
Here’s what Uncle Harry’s talking about.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.9.11~
We often admire people who make money, although often for every wealthy person in the world, 1000 are underpaid so they could be a ‘wealth creation’ countless numbers of people would even notice.
Jeffrey Lee gives Australia a big reality check as to what actually is important. He lays down a gauntlet… is it the money that means the most to you? or… is it the heritage of authentic Australian culture for your future generations of Aussie children, that most matters?
I love Jeffrey Lee`s native chutpah on this matter as these are the types of debates New Zealands are having concerning oil resources, rare earth minerals lying beneath potential `land sale assets` to rich foreign `investors`…. etc. Here’s two reports on that.
Keep the billions – heritage comes first for landowner (words by Billy Adams, New Zealand Herald Correspondent in Sydney).
Keep the billions – heritage comes first for landowner. Who wants to be a billionaire? Not Jeffrey Lee, who stood to make a fortune from uranium mining, but chose instead to protect a far less tangible asset that makes up the place he calls home.
French executives who wanted to start digging discovered the Aboriginal owner`s connection to his prized land was sacred. And no amount of money would change the mind of a shy, unassuming man who is interested only in fishing and hunting.
This week the picturesque area of Koongarra in northern Australia was given the World Heritage status, ensuring the estimated A$5 billion ($6.4 billion) of uranium deposits under it will not be disturbed.
It was a big win not only for Lee, but also for the wildlife.
Lee`s Djok clan is the traditional owner of the land, and as the sole surviving member, the 40 year-old also has custody of sacred burial sites and examples of ancient rock art. It`s a legacy he doesn`t want to mess with.
“My responsibility is on that land and I don`t own that landk`he told ABC. “The land owns me.“
Unlike his father and grandfather who supported uranium mining, the $A40,000 a year earning peark ranger didn`t want to cash in and become one of the richest people in the world.
“I“m not interested in money,`he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Ive got a job. I can buy tucker. I can go fishing and hunting. That`s all that matters to me.
How will Australia address Australia’s track record of inequality concerning Aboriginal peoples, not only from history, but also currently?
Human rights restoration that breaks the cycle of an inherent greed, to further erode Aboriginal tribes human rights of Australia, perhaps best begins with an apology. And then perhaps regular and repeated apologies, at each stage of redress, restoration and top-of-mind active work on behalf of Australian Aboriginal peoples well being.
This is exactly where (quite new) Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has started. Here’s that story.
“The controversial Northern Territory intervention that suspended racial discrimination laws to take over the lives of indigenous communities appears set for a major overhaul.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin yesterday released a discussion paper and announced consultations across the remote north to determine the shape of new policies for Australia’s hugely disadvantaged Aborigines.
The announcement came as anger greeted the fourth anniversary of the dramatic 2007 intervention by the military, federal police, medical teams and bureaucrats launched by former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard in response to a shocking report into child sexual abuse in the Territory.
The intervention compulsorily acquired indigenous townships, suspended rights to control entry to Aboriginal land, ended the use of customary law and cultural practices in courts, imposed strict controls on alcohol, and introduced income management plans that quarantined money for food and other essentials.
Welcomed by some indigenous leaders and communities, the intervention – continued under Labor – has been attacked by many other Aboriginal groups, the United Nations and human rights organisations.
Although the Federal Police will withdraw next month and policies have already been modified by Labor, more than 200 intervention opponents this week marched through Darwin demanding an end to the intervention.
Lawyer Rex Wild, QC, co-author of the “Little Children are Sacred” report that triggered the intervention, also said present policies should be scrapped despite the fact they had produced some benefits.
Gillard, whose Cabinet will meet in Palmerston, near Darwin, next week, has promised that new policies would be bound by the Racial Discrimination Act and that indigenous communities would have a voice in shaping them.
“We know this was started without consultation with Aboriginal people, and we know starting it without consultation did lead to feelings of hurt and feelings of shame,” she said.
“We know that a stronger future can only be built in partnership with Aboriginal people and communities, because the issues we want to tackle are the issues which many indigenous people confront every single day.”
Aborigines die a decade younger than other Australians, child mortality is much higher, they suffer far higher rates of disease, are over-represented in the nation’s jails, live on incomes one-third lower than other households, endure double-digit unemployment, and are far more likely to be homeless or live in overcrowded houses.
Gillard acknowledged that after four years the intervention, due to end in July next year, had failed to overcome what the Government’s new discussion paper described as an ongoing crisis in which too many children did not go to school and alcohol still fuelled “devastating” violence and abuse.
“Over the past four years we have made significant progress in improving people’s lives in the Northern Territory, but the situation for many indigenous families remains critical,” Gillard and Macklin said in a joint statement.
“Feedback from these communities to date is that people now feel safer, children are being better cared for, alcohol and gambling abuse is lessening and indigenous job opportunities are improving.
“But there is no quick fix to overcoming entrenched disadvantage. It will take time, investment and a commitment to work together to deliver lasting improvements.”
While acknowledging the scale of disadvantage, Gillard defended gains claimed for the intervention.
“Women, children and the elderly are now safer, children are better fed and clothed, and there is less pressure on welfare recipients for money to be spent on alcohol, drugs and gambling,” she said.
Gillard said that more than 300 new homes had so far been built and 1400 refurbished under the intervention’s 10-year, A$1.7 billion ($2.2 billion) housing programme, police were now working in 18 communities previously without a permanent presence, crisis accommodation was now available for more than 1200 people, and a mobile child protection team had been introduced.
She said 5000 jobs had been found for Aborigines since the intervention began, as well as more than 2200 jobs created in the federal and Territory governments.
The intervention had also provided more teachers, more than 10,600 child health checks had been conducted, and licensed community stores had boosted the supply and quality of fresh food and ended “book up” credit schemes that trapped many Aboriginal families in debt.
New consultations will focus on plans for school attendance and educational achievement, economic development and employment, alcohol abuse, community safety, health, food security and housing.”
Well… that’s sounding a step in the right direction.
[Guest Artwork - (not Maori art but still a beautiful piece. Albert Namatjira, mulga wood boomerang, painted with the 'Hermansburg Mission', signed 'Albert Namatjira' length 74 cm].
~Reposted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.6.11~