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~
irg42 website says: New Zealand is the youngest country on earth – the last major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become. The Treaty of Waitangi: In 1840 treaty between Maori and the British Crown is New Zealand’s founding document. Today, the Treaty of Waitangi has a major impact on all New Zealanders. The Youngest Country: Only a thousand years ago, Maori became the first people to migrate to New Zealand. Since then, people have come from around the world to settle here. (more…)
“I actually do feel Maori now.”
–comic mocumentary artist, Ben Edwards, on crossing over into the Maori world in creative research mode. Also check out the documentary This way of life@reelartsy.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.1.13~
between the snarling tigers,
the snarky sharks,
the sniffles of whining, emaciated lion cubs,
the snaffling water demands of thirsty elephants,
the stealth of the sniggering snifter snatchers, (more…)
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~
In a singing land of birds named by Maori mothers and fathers we all came to be.
J.G Keuleman illustrated them in watercolored powder on paper. Geoff Norman added a view words for Walter Buller ‘s fan club to J.G’s art depictions.
The hunters had a collecting mania of the 19th century that is evident in a republished NZ book. The point of the book is to get outdoors and see the living wildlife and Te Whanau Manu a Aotearoa. As timeless and beautiful as their original Maori names.
Click on pic to buy a cool book for the grandchildren.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.12.12~
In Supermodels of Aotearoaland in black gumboots starring as Mother Bird:
It did happen overnight.
Ditching the high heels for gumboots, Rachel Hunter spent a night creeping through the bush to bring a kiwi egg to Kiwi Encounter.
The New Zealand’s Got Talent judge spent half of Monday night foraging around in Maungataniwha Forest waiting for the opportunity to take a kiwi egg from its nest to Rotorua for incubation.
Hunter, who is the patron of Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, said although it feels “mean” sometimes to take the eggs from their parents’ nest, there was a 95 per cent chance it wouldn’t survive in the wild.
They were “really fortunate” the father got off the egg early at night, around 10.30pm, she said. (more…)
Kauri under threat by selfish overconsumption of air and water: In order to study the affects of global warming on the indigenous kauri tree of New Zealand the Marsden fund is investing in research into that area.
“Auckland University’s Dr Cate MacInnes-Ng has partnered with Aussie and UK researchers to look into the sensitivity of kauri, tanekaha and totara to water stress, comparing water-use efficiency in those trees across different rainfall areas and looking at how particular trees adapt to increasing drought conditions.”
Kauri trees grow in the North Island of New Zealand (mainly). A Brit royal is also named after a famous Kauri tree too. The Marsden Fund has invested heavily into three years of research funding totalling $54.6 million. Good stuff.
As kauri love ridge ranges to grow, in drought they can do it hard. Like kauri, totara demand a lot of light to grow.
“This exciting project will add to our understanding of these three endemic tree species and is crucial to the long-term survival prospects for our kauri forests and other Southern Hemisphere conifers,” Dr MacInnes-Ng said.
Source: The Northland Age.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.11.12~
Maori language lessons have officially started in the Antarctica and The Ross Sea.
Watch clip above to see it in action. Take one of these with you. The Hika Lite App.
Learn the Maori language while in Antartica and being on Ross seas too - in conjunction with learning an Asian language also. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.10.12~
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~
It is hearting to witness King Tuheitia, The Maori King, and his family join in marching on Wellington, New Zealand’s capital in a protest hikoi. The protest is designed to show that more should be done to support Maori language education pods in the world.
Of course, that starts at home, in New Zealand. (more…)
When it comes to gift giving, nothing says Aotearoa New Zealand, more so than a native kauri tree.
Every person wanting to be a resident of New Zealand, needs one as a gift.
The kauri tree is a specific symbol of New Zealand’s rare and defining place in the world. Love them! :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.9.12~
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…)
Te Papa‘s latest landscape portrait acqusition, depicting the river of Kiwi art in being ”inextricably linked to landscape and place.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.8.12~
International Sports News: The results for the Waka Ama team rowing World Championships (more specifically: Calgary 2012 IVF Va’a World Sprint Champs) in Canada, are very exciting.
Results are as follows:
Open Men – V6 1500: 1st: New Caledonia (7:29:19). 2nd: Canada. 3rd: California, USA.
The sports event celebrated in vibrant cultural style: A Cultural Night Performance for competing nations saw live performances from Canada, New Zealand, Hawaii, Italy and Rapa Nui.
Full race results can also be viewed at Waka Ama’s NZ website. Woot! Congratulations to all the medal winners. Way kool! What an exciting culture of sport on display on Canadian waters. Tu much!
[Photos Waka Ama NZ]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.8.12~