Although the spirit of Waitangi Day lies in honoring Maori inclusion as equal business partners with The Crown each day, Waitangi Day celebrations are “to give us a full sense of nationhood” du jour in agreement for all that New Zealanders as a team are trying to achieve.
To stay in agreement with the principles of Waitangi’s foundational spirit (to see others different to ourselves as equals) is the benchmark of respect in New Zealand that our founding fathers and mothers hoped for, when they as intelligent and adventurous people inked a deal to uphold justice – in the concept of communities evolving and being strong trading partners working together for the good of Aotearoa, NZ.
Prime Minister John Key said, he believed Waitangi Day was a valuable opportunity for discussion and stood by his commitment.
“How will history judge [us]? History will judge [us as New Zealanders] well because [we] come back year after year.”
He also urged the iwi [Ngapuhi] involved in the Te Hiku collective to sort out their differences and move toward a settlement, saying it would inject as much as $200 million into an area that greatly needed it.
Ngapuhi has over 20% of the Maori population. Ironically, the tribe is one of the last to settle with The Crown. So, a timely speech from the PM to Ngapuhi.
most photos: Michael Cunningham.
photos: nzh & northern advocate.
Top photo: In a rare display, Te Arawa Iwi’s flag flew too on Waitangi Day.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.2.13~
“New Zealanders don’t want standup comedy – they want somebody to stand up for them.”
um. we want both.
lots of laughter is normal.
it is a peoples’ strength in battle (the invisible economic war, designed to strip the best assests from a people entire, for a very few).
the thing is, nz needs stand-up comedy that most of nz laughs at. (more…)
The dutiful artist is a poet and a rebel.
–1950′s writers contribution to culture, arts, democracy, life.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.1.13~
“We have this tall poppy syndrome where it’s not good form to say you’re clever at something, except of course if you’re in rugby, but we’ve got to change that paradigm and celebrate what a huge dent we make on the global stage, and most people just don’t know.”
–scientist Sir Ray Avery, in support of Kiwi innovation rising for export.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.1.13~
Maori TV provides a special and rare view of a side to authentic New Zealand life.
Take a voyage to get an insight into New Zealand’s wealth of cultural life at the pic.
Featured image: The Kermadecs
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.12.12~
We shall press towards the mark of higher ground as the labourer is always worthy of their hire. We will not muzzle our citizens’ voices as in their combined efforts we are made strong when we listen to our majorities voices and our children.
There are always wheels within wheels of a dream we will turn. Creativity helps us to create and activate new wheels that are productive, useful, just and resourceful. Equality is a crown of thorns to be proud of, made up of the twisted slain dragons of greed’s selfish machinations. Where a cross of kindness intersects between sky and earth, greed is always crucified and justice shines as our gold with the law of freedom reigning over oppression, greed and fear. Where the spirit of freedom is and is upheld, true liberty abounds.
We delight in equality, justice, truth and a just weight that is noble and not too heavy worn on the hearts and smiles of all of our people.
–what New Zealand has to attain to, navigating through greedy designs on our country in Aotearoa, a land of plenty and abundance. New Zealand citizens must self-determine our own just liberty, known in New Zealand as our Tino Rangatiratanga. A beautiful concept to advance, when upheld.
[Photos: Clever Eve, gold wheel cross pendant piece: Amazon. Top image: Ferris Wheel - AFP pic].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.12.12~
It reminds me of the nights I would go to Los Angeles Opera and see Domingo’s handiwork on stage with the California talent he was developing. We have still to build an Opera House in NZ. Or… An Opera Centre that exists solely for the art of Opera to be sung in every day.
How else do talent get better, unless encouraged to sing?
Take a listen.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.11.12~
All of the tea in China and India, could not replace the ozone's love given freely to generations past and present.
About China tea cups: Marye Audet writes:
Once bone china, a mixture of bone ash, china stone, and china clay, was developed by Joseph Spode (more…)
CULTURE CHANGE – NEW ZEALAND EXPORTING MORE TO GROW & IMPORTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO GROW WITH AOTEAROA’S MATURITY OF AN ENCOURAGING & SUSTAINBLE, PROSPEROUS SOCIETY
“dawn sky… new beginning.”
The New Zealand Inistitute of Economic Research (NZIER) says a population of 15 million people by 2060 would be a good start for New Zealand. Immigration and creating employment locally are seen as the drivers to this ambitious plan.
It’s all detailed in the NZIER’ Lifting Export Performance, document. The report was whizzed up especially for ExportNZ.
The minerals sector and Maori-owned businesses could increase chances. In my view though, NZ has been very lazy, too comfortable and a little bit scaredy-cat too in actually going abroad ourselves and developing network distribution supply chains for our quality products back in NZ. (more…)
As a New Zealand leader Rangi Kuini Wikitoria Topeora had a name the same as Prince Charles‘ great grandma, Queen Victoria.
The two ladies’ signed agreement with each other, 172 years prior, would form the foundation and the spirit of an agreement of economic development that still needs to be recognized and developed more into fruition of shared equality regarding New Zealand’s abundant resources.
I love this painting as a witness of the true spirit of Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s also a symbol of women leaders in New Zealand and Britain being principled and strong leaders.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.10.12~
Guess what? Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Southern Alps of New Zealand,
two of our favorite people in the world, with Kiwi connections
Annabel Langbein and Sam Neill, had early dinner.
Overseas in London, Sam has taken to growing his own Oscars in a Kiwi vineyard, and virtually giving the goodness away from New Zealand. He has scooped up a few nods and an award for his trouble.
News today says: Sam’s red the toast of London:
Actor Sam Neill is used to plaudits for his acting, but now his red wine is getting high praise. The Kiwi movie star’s flagship Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2010 won an outstanding gold medal at this week’s International Wine and Spirit Competition in London.
The well humored humble Sam says, “At Two Paddocks we never enter our wine into competitions, so it was with astonishment that I received news that we’d won gold.”
The gold medal was one of four awarded to Otago vineyards, including Neill’s neighbours Valli Gibbston Vineyard, which was awarded the coveted Bouchard Finlayson trophy for the top pinot noir. New Zealand won 323 medals compared to 304 last year.–Lynley Bilby has more.
In living a life of gratitude, I think of the word joy. It is a well. Deep inside the spirit. From it flows gratitude, irrespective of harsh facts you may see. Joy is a reality. A river of life’s essence. Staying in its flow keeps true love going.
As a word joy means:
KING TUHEITIA PAKI, THE MAORI KING COMMEMORATES HIS GRANDFATHER, KING KOROKI’S CORONATION, WITH A RIVER WAAKA JOURNEY
King Tuheitia the Maori King, commemorated the anniversary of his grandfather’s coronation and put the spotlight back on Maori water rights with a journey down Waikato River this morning.
King Tuheitia travelled in a waka taua from Ngaruawahia to Waahi marae at Huntly. The fifth Maori king, King Koroki, was crowned on October 8, 1933.
[Photo: a 1953 shing ding at Turangawaewae Marae with King Koroki and guests - Te Ara photo archives].
The annual Waahi marae poukai is traditionally held on this date and King Tuheitia opened the event with the river journey – an act that also aimed to show the tribe’s cultural and spiritual connection to the Waikato River in the wake of controversy surrounding the rights and interests of Maori to freshwater and the Government’s proposal to sell state-owned assets.
Tribal leaders from throughout Tainui, as well as Maori leaders playing a key role in progressing freshwater rights at the national level accompanied King Tuheitia.
Today’s discussion at Waahi marae is expected to include the freshwater rights issue, following the recent national hui held at Turangawaewae marae.
News source: Fairfax News. Photos – Peter Drury and Te Ara.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.10.12~
At the centre and working together to prevent brain drain.
& an exodus from New Zealand too. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.10.12~
If over a thousand people leave from New Zealand for Australia each week,
"In the rhythm of the waves, in this liquid drift of light, I am releasing the angel to breathe"
–Eva de Castro Robinson‘s body of orchestral work.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.10.12~
How Maori culture is helping promote New Zealand wines, boutique vineyard settings and international visitor guest numbers, all dreaming of experiencing New Zealand’s natural luxury lifestyles.
Click on pic to see. :)
Always fun. Never to be missed in your lifetime.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.9.12~
Reading the paper today, I couldn’t help but think, should a group of Maori visit Israel together with NZ’s PM & his family?–couldn’t hurt to improve cultural awareness in New Zealand. Read up as to wai.
A trip of that nature would be fun for everyone in Israel. Visit the historic sites and stuff.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~
Senna Kowhai‘s Maori side of the young British Royals whanau (family) tree, is branching out.
Senna’s father is Gary Lewis of Gisborne, East Coast New Zealand. His wife, the lovely Lady Davina have named their young son who was born on May 25th 2012, Tane Mahuta. It is a solid Maori name drawn from ancient Maori mythological culture and legend of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Baby Tane Mahuta is also brother to Ari Lewis, Gary’s son from a previous marriage and as mentioned Senna, now 2. Gary is from a Kiwi shearer family and he has a building company management background. Lady Davina… her family… is pretty famous. :)
The youngest Lewis is twenty-sixth in line to the British throne.
A cute story fusing local and British heritage.
New Zealand Woman’s Weekly specialize in Royal news in New Zealand. Read up at the tabloid’s website.
About the young Royal’s name in Maori mythology: As legend told, “Tāne is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku, the earth mother.
Tāne separates his parents from their marital embrace until his father the sky is high above mother earth. Tāne then sets about clothing his mother with vegetation. The birds and the trees of the forest are regarded as Tāne’s children.”
It’s a story that reminds us of how the living elements of the environment are one family connected between earth and sky in relationship.
Photo caption: Lady Davina, husband Gary Lewis and daughter Senna Kowhai with Autumn, Peter and Savannah Phillips. A Rex features photograph. (more…)