Ask.com recommends today: Old letters & mangoes with mom. Cute.
True fact: My mom has two brothers. One is called Harold. Another is called Harry. Those names are on their New Zealand birth certificates. They were born and raised in Helensville. My grandma’s Maori sense of humor is on show in their names.
Harold can sing Elvis like pretty amazingly. His daughter is an Olympian athlete. His children are a journalist, teachers, a lawyer and a health specialist. So, here’s a song that reflects that family fun of entertainment in our whanau at family do’s.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.1.13~
Some tribal members of Te Taou of Helensville and the Kaipara prepare to meet with members of The Crown. Their tribal lands were confiscated and redress concerning these New Zealand citizens future regarding land, water, ocean flows economic abilities have still yet to be determined in the peoples economic model moving forward.
Photo: September 2011. My own.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.1.13~
Ko maru kai atu ko maru kai mai ka ngohengohe.
–a proverb on teamwork in New Zealand.
The community of Ngati Whatua o Kaipara and Helensville have a picnic by the seaside.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.12.12~
My mom arrives. Her Ngapuhi-Ngati Whaatua eyes are youthful. Glowing with playfulness. They dance like the waves of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa in calm tide time.
Her arms are laden with Christmas dinner. A feast. A kiss, a hug, a warm embrace. An exchange of pleasantries. Then the young, yet old lady dances off down the stairs again. In her role as “super kuia,” she’s mega busy. Having fun, she’s in her element. Mom is so cute today.
Mom’s card says: … el… (more…)
And tamariki (children) of the Helensville and Kaipara community have fun together.
A rare view of peaceful, fun, New Zealand life. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.12.12~
All across Aotearoa New Zealand, Iwi (Maori tribes) are celebrating year’s end 2012. For many, it was a hard year yet after several centuries, Iwi doesn’t change. Iwi goes on. As a living story of community, Iwi is one of New Zealand’s oldest stories. People and their designs come and go in New Zealand. Yet one thing New Zealand knows is true, like oxygen in and out… Iwi still goes on.
Photo: Ngati Whatua o Kaipara, September 2011.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.12.12~
New Zealand has opted for a “go for your life” carbon price signal at any landowner contemplating deforestation or dairy conversion.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.12.12~
Whenuapai – Horiwoodblog via Google.
The Horiwood Top Ten are:
4. Miranda Kerr
10. Burmar Myanmar
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.12.12~
“We want families home by Christmas,” said Mayor Len Brown of his City’s fine efforts in cleaning up after a deadly storm. Watch Len here.
Photo: Water leaks through the roof at Lyn Mall during yesterday’s storm. Karpadia, Avesha snapped the photo. An interesting retail experience, to say the least.
Whenuapai and Hobsonville storm clean up news: 3 dead. 7 injured. 250 people homless. Thousands of homes left without power. $11 million worth of damage caused. What happened?
Hawkins Construction, Vuksich, Borich Civil Engineering lost staff in the storm. Waitemata Police District and Civil Defence worked well to establish the safety of homes. The tight-knit community showed patience in the ordeal. Electricity workers and other contractors also worked at the storm scene. Vector is a main supplier of power in the area.
Clean up also involves private insurers payning out for locals. Auckland Mayor Len Brown, gave a good report on the residence affected.
“The tornado’s gone in like a washing machine and gone around and around. It’ll be all hands to the pump to make sure that the essentials in that area operating and effective and then of course the builders will come in and start doing the reconstruction work around the houses to get the families back in,” he said. (more…)
Light’s elevator… is always Aroha.
Photo: Aaron Lancaster, Sunrise at Helensville.
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In Kaipara my grandad rests on a hill, high above the cows that make cream for China’s babies and soon too for Wall Street. His people have always been in the Kaipara, long before a cow ever set hoof onto New Zealand soil or a Japanese fisherman or an American Texan cowboy either. He was that old school.
Grandad was a tough, astute, highly discerning man. A hard worker, he scrubbed up well and always wore a hat with his suit.
Like me, he loved the news. It must be a Kaipara thing. We all called him Gannypop. He wore a hat like how they would at Romanos in 1954 after an Oscars show.
He spoke old school Maori to my Ngapuhi grandma. From the nohopuku of knowledge, they spoke to each other. Old old school New Zealand. As a kid, I used to roll his cigarettes for him, when he was sick from working six days a week in rain in winter outdoors. Shocking.
He was crazy gangsta good. Sharp, funny. He did not tolerate fools. That’s the old Kaipara way, if you know it. Good peoples.
[Photo - Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair archives].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa new Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.10.12~
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.10.12~
KEEP GOING – WINSTON CHURCHILL, SUSHI-SAMBA, MIYAGI-TECH, IWI-KIWI SMART PHONE TRIBAL, BASEBALL CAPS
Hats: Kinda liking this cap 2day. Sums up a vibe where New Zealand’s kids are at. In NZ we’re told China’s slow down could hit Aussie hard.
This in turn could hit NZ hard too. Well, I reckon that green tech electric cars are kinda a key for Kiwis to hunt out a way to be sorta more norris rich in our McKenzie country, creative funny shandy andy amish Northland Auckland ways. We could make the engine components with Japan staff as new corporate whanau, USA too, if we felt like that, right here in NZ. Eat sushi 4eva in cool vineyard like pubs after work each week with heaps of avocado (apparently! more so than the fish).
Maybe we should set up a high-tech electronic plant that does that? Somehwere nice, by the sea maybe. You could take your surfboard to work, or canoe. Then after really geeking out at the day job, creating electronic green powered technology all day, working alongside robots we made too, you could just leave work and hit the waves or take a dip. (more…)
Sunday Stories: Dad (& Mum’s) Day:
Yesterday I spent time with my Maori mom. She asked, “do you think I’m strong?”
I was like, “Lady, you are so strong. You are a noble Maori wahine toa woman. You always have been. You have inspired me all through life to remain strong. You do inspire me. And you will probably always inspire me.” Her smile was worth the share. Normally, mom and I mistake each other for jujitsu opponents keeping each other sharp, so seeing her smile made my day.
This morning I phoned dad. “Kia ora dad. You do realize that I’m lucky to be alive don’t you?” His laugh confirming that he got the joke. “Happy father’s day dad. I love you. Thank you for being my dad.” (more…)
The last five days have seen audiences double from a week ago. So let’s see what drove new people to this website.
[Photo caption: Ben Smith had a strong 30 minutes in the Bledisloe Cup winning rugby football match at Eden Park for the New Zealand All Blacks over the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images, courtesy of Zimbio].
The Horiwood Top Ten:
6. Prince Harry
Richie McCaw & The Bledisloe Cup 2012, Eden Park: Photo Getty-Zimbio.
No.12. Lisa Carrington
No.13. Zinzan Brooke & Ali Imms
Hollywood humor pick: Memo: Sal Serbin on “Ed Winddancer is not Kevin Costner in that Dances With Wolves movie
Fashion-Art: Hot for five days: Oscar winner Nicole Kidman for Mario Testino–The Gloss.
‘Aight. Thanks for reading. Let’s keep it flowing.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.8.12~
HOW FISH’S 20% PROFIT QUOTA TOWARDS IWI IS FAIR ON WATER RIGHTS & TV3′S NEWS COVERAGE OF SOE ENERGY ASSETS SALES
I just had a vision of electric fish swimming in waters of Iwi lakes, rivers, oh… and profits derived from water jumping into Iwi bank accounts too, every time a switch for a “light bulb” was turned on.
Memo to the Prime Minister and his ‘friends’: “You are misguided in assuming water rights of Maori people” are “yours” or “The Crowns” -as if they are “yours” alone. To talk this way is illegal behavior. It does not reinforce to NZ citizens or newly arriving immigrants the legal bonds we have to honor Maori people through continual inclusion, in this country.
Needless to say such talk of ‘Maori or Iwi blindness’ on legal and political matters, is extremely greedy aiding foreign investors interests over Iwi’s rights in NZ. Not cool. The model the PM proports, as a mathmatical equation is “non-Maori people unite plus foreigners gang up together on the stock market” and bank.
It’s too exclusive of being inline with the spirit of The Treaty of Waitangi that acts in good faith of Maori’s ability to be included in NZ’s future direction adequately. This is written where the poverty divide behind Maori people has seen inequality grossly increase towards Maori, under the PM’s watch. For the health of Maori if I put my Maori glasses on, if he is going to talk like this, then he needs to change this talk smartly, or, he needs to go!
And anyway: Since when was our PM a Te Heu Heu type or more recently, a Todd or worth more than a thousand year history in NZ of an Iwi? Geez! Unbelievable nonsense!
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TV3 news reports: “A legal bid by Maori isn’t likely to stop the partial privatisation of four state-owned energy companies but it could delay the sales process, Prime Minister John Key says.
Parliament on Tuesday passed legislation allowing the Government to sell 49 percent of the shares in Mighty River Power, Genesis Energy, Meridian Energy and Solid Energy.
The Maori Council and Ngati Tuwharetoa are threatening legal action to stop it.
They’re arguing the sales breach the Treaty of Waitangi and violate their water rights. (more…)
SUPERMOM’S SECRET ADDICTION: STEPPING OUT OF ADDERALL’S SHADOW TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE FAMILIES IN COMMUNITY
To save her family, Betsy Degree had to give up adderall and a habit towards nasty drugs as well as having to redefine expectations of what a good parent means. Photo ABC.
Yesterday I made a comment about “over prozaced-face” thievary clubs in banking driven politics, that aren’t always considering the needs of the entire community of citizens. I’ve also blogged about community leaders DUI politics (that can befall even the best people, addicted to long hours workaholism).
So many decision makers (or ‘stars’ in the world) are not only addicted to fame, yet they take so many pills. They are not conscious of the decisions they make, what state they’re in to make the decisions they do. They are addicted to being in the spotlight and taking a pill, to get them into the next moment of pressure. It’s an unnatural world, yet social media culture, has made this the norm perhaps more than what is healthy for many individuals in the ‘fame game’.
Addicts come in all forms and indeed addiction clusters often go together (though not always). The world can’t afford to always speed along in a reckless manner, that’s at times making Pharmaceutical and advertising companies so wealthy, leaving a wake in their path that is not good for the world or people either. People “are the gristle” in the billionaire’s games and wheels.
Perhaps that’s why I appreciated Nadine Chalmers Ross‘ news pick today, about one honest US mothers public battle with battling pharmaceuticals drug addiction. She got addicted for all the right reasons, “being a good mom,” yet she almost lost it all.
Betsy’s story as promo-ed by Dan Hill, goes like this: “All over America there are moms in the shadows drowning in their daily responsibilities and turning to the prescription drug Adderall for relief.” (more…)
Haami Piripi was on TV today, with business reporter, Nadine Chalmers-Ross giving an update on the Iwi broadband project, where Iwi are helping develop new broadband cable pathways from Whangarei City to Auckland City in New Zealand.
It’s exciting to see Maori tribes get more innovative with IT capability, capacity and infrastructure. The venture is between Datalight, Maori tribes (Iwi) and Chinese backers, investment monies. Growing an economy is about good ideas finding other good ideas. The fusion when these ideas meet, is a brand new idea or a stronger idea. This then becomes a new platform for an economy to grow. Broadband and like minds fusing ‘idea particles’ are a key part of strong growth. Love this story.
[Copper cable as well as pipes could quite possibily be the future of economic growth in NZ].
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The press release of the historic launch notes: “Taitokerau Networks is owned by partners Te Runanga o Whaingaroa, Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua and Te Runanga o Te Rarawa, with Wellington telco Datalight Limited as the general partner.
It will go live with internet and national transit traffic over the upcoming week, prior to the official opening. Crews have laid more than 165 kms of cable and a significant number of access pits to enable connection for customers along the cable route.
Datalight managing director Roger MacDonald says the network will deliver 1 Gbps-plus speeds over 210 kilometres of network.
Haami Piripi, chair of Te Runanga o Te Rarawa, says: “The build marks a historical milestone for New Zealand with the creation of the first iwi-owned inter-city long-haul network in the country, and has provided a sound basis for the development (more…)
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]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.4.12~
Tuata Mei Helen Hill of Helensville (pictured far right with distant tribal cousins) was born beside the Kaipara Moana into the tribes of Ngati Whatua o Kaipara and Ngapuhi.
After marrying a good looking Waikato farmer’s son, she grew up to live in Tonga with the Tongan people where she spoke the Tongan language every day.
It was tough for her initially in harsh conditions. She got over herself smartly and grew to love it. Three of her Maori Kiwi babies were born in Tonga Tapu where she was a missionary’s wife.
Mom travels to Tonga today at least once every two years from New Zealand to be with her Tongan friends.
Today I asked her, “so mom what do you think Tonga needs at this time with King George Tupou V‘s passing.
“I think they need leadership to take them to the next level. This is what this means now for Tonga to move on,” she said.
There you have it – some words for Crown Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata‘s dad – Tupouta’a Lavaka (ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho) the new Crown King of Tonga at the dawning of a new day.
Today, I heard that Hiki Hill, Tracey Hill and Mary Povi of Helensville New Zealand read Horiwood.Com every day.
Kia ora waahine toa a Te Kaipara.
[Music - Born on the Bayou - Creedance Clearwater Revival].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.3.12~
As previously shared on the blog, Ngati Whatua O Kaipara’s deed of Settlement for 8,000+ people, spanning the last 171 years of history was signed. The figure offered was $60 million in the form of a forest, carbon credits, lease payments on the forest, rents from four local school grounds, and some cash assets. The apology from the Crown said that the tribe had been left ‘virtually landless.’
The signing was a key moment in moving forward.
Planning the future aspirations of the tribe is now all ago! On the 12th February 2012, a meeting occured in Helensville. The Kaiparamoana Website gives an account of a very creative planning session. Margaret Kawharu facilitated the brain storm time. Here’s some aspects of what the tribe collectively decided during this planning meeting:
“Let’s see what you see, and what I see. Let’s paint a picture, create a vision! It’s all about engaging, having lots of conversations, and in the end – making it happen! Here are some of the ideas put forward from our hui last year:
- Ko te tirohanga, kia kaha te iwi, whānau, ko wai te iwi, ko Ngātiwhātua o Kaipara!
- Put Kaipara on the map!
- Create an organisation that provides strategic resources, that projects accountability, policies and structure that encompass education, housing, health and employment for now or future generations, to regenerate better opportunities and wellbeing for whānau, hapū, iwi.
- Promote te reo & tikanga Ngāti Whātua
- Invest in our people: reconciliation & restoration of our people, shift from victim to victorious! Chur! (more…)