“First Nations across this country have been voicing concern and frustration with a broken system that does not address long-standing disparities between First Nations and the rest of Canada, and address priorities in ways that will provide for long-term solutions and sustainability,” said Shawn Atleo.
“Through the ‘Idle No More’ movement, we have seen a tremendous outpouring of energy, pride and determination by our peoples in recent weeks,” wrote Atleo. “This level of citizen and community engagement is absolutely essential to achieve the change we all want to see in every First Nation — the hard work of re-building our Nations, our governments and protecting our lands, waters and territories.” (more…)
On Hobson street as students we sung melodies to the stars, trekking as twinkling lucky comets suspended bright as jewels of the night.
High above geogentric racial wars, we acknowledge the witness of those great bearers of light. Galaxies of pearl systems, strung in sky over the cliffs as gentle reminders we are immortal mortals of Te Whetu Marama.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.1.13~
intuitive intelligence is a Maori concept of New Zealand. It is about EQ in dialogue with the senses that make up IQ. Or the concept too of whatumanawa of the noho puku knowledge banks of Maori reality. (more…)
Once upoon a time in the wild, wild East, a group of actors got together and made a beautiful film. Their names are: Asylkhan Tolepov, Kuralay Anarbekova, Aliya Anuarbek, Aliya Telebarisova. Their director is Akan Satayev.
Their film is titled Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe.
Already a record-breaking hit at home, Kazakhstan’s official Academy Awards entry is a period action blockbuster about the teenage freedom fighter who liberated his entire nation. (more…)
I’d go with the manuka tee tree oil myself. Although Germany tries to claim manuka as its own now kinda, it’s rare.
[Photo: A bee flies across nga putitputi a manuka o Aotearoa. A centuries old NZ tradition year after year - Dad's garden. Photo: my own].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.11.12~
Waikato University has a vibrant study program.
For Americans who love Maori and Indigenous Cultures and are thinking of going to College, this one’s for you:
New Waikato research centre to focus on Māori and Indigenous governance The University of Waikato launched a Centre for Māori and Indigenous Governance in three cities this week. Based in Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, the Centre has been established to provide research-led solutions that focus on improving Māori governance across a variety of sectors.
The University also has a green focus: Waikato professor to write carbon capture and storage law
Happy surfing the website.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.11.12~
I AM DETERMINED – FOMA’S 25th ANNIVERSARY, TAUPO – TAKING $10b MAORI ASSETS TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF GROWTH
FOMA has been working to expand the Māori economy for 25 years. It’s members have a $10b asset base. Here’s a quote from the Chair: “It is essential the Maori business network actively participates in the fundamental development of New Zealand’s economy. Maori economic development and its contribution to the growth of this country must continue to be realised and I am determined to facilitate this growth through the provision of a robust networking capability within our membership.” –Tangata Whenua news.
Their anniversary was celebrated at Rauhoto Marae in Taupo today.
Young Hinerangi Goodman was there to showcase the hope Maori entrepreneurs have as corporate entities in the collective of community thinkers.
Some facts: Forestry and fishing are two industries that Maori could develop quite well into more innovative ways. Maori could also diversify capital from these too – into new arenas of business expansion.
Watch Traci Houpapa in the clip who makes it all sound so exciting. So beautiful with a refreshing spirit too. Inspiring stuff.
Press Release of The Hui follows: (more…)
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…)
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
2. Hongi Avatar
8. Ari Emanuel
To everyone who contributes to content, thank you.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
–Owen Dougan. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.10.12~
Surreal Hollywood Maori Art: Avatar hongi photo.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.10.12~
There is nothing more powerful than ideas whose time has come, filmed on landscapes that are resources rich. ImagiNATIVE writers are the world's first architects of a future new world and new frontier.
–The way of global film sales marketing patterns observed over a few years now.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
–Winston Churchill as a writer, storyteller, peace maker and boozy warrior leader.
Developing a sustainable film industry in New Zealand really comes down to investing in New Zealand writers more and fostering relationships with the world’s best screenwriters too. It is vital that New Zealand encourages writers, as writers become the billionaires after all the effort has gone into producing successful film franchises. We need some Maori billionaires in New Zealand. Maybe some could write their way into the history books invisaging a cinematic light to project the new way.
We must write films from New Zealand, as if we don’t other people’s written ideas of the South Pacific, will be written about our territory. So, it makes sense to always be writing our own version of the world and attaching our definitions and meanings of landscape of the South Pacific to our own words and ideas in our films. We can write futuristic films, yet the messages in them attached to our landscapes have a resonance all over the world for the good.
We have the locations and enough filmmaking capability now in New Zealand. We just need better scripts, film franchise ideas created in New Zealand and a belief in fast tracking screen-writers to a global level of writing ability. Film crews travel (actors included) to where whoever has the best ideas - to collaborate on – film projects of significance.
New Zealand is soon to become that place even more so, then we have been already on some major film projects.
So what kinds of writers could happen in New Zealand? As a precursor to Mitt Romney‘s rise in politics as a star figure for the US, novelist Stephenie Meyer was a Mormon housewife of Arizona, who mimicked the UK’s JK Rowlings star template as a novelist.
Meyer’s story as a humble writer is one of a stand out success for relativiely new billionaires. Meyer’s novel ideas, even created a brand new studio to make her novels into films. It was then aquired by Lionsgate to import a strong youth audience following into Lionsgate’s entertainment brand.
The young actors cast in Meyer’s films now lead California’s box office (Kristen Stewart being one). JK of course, mimicked Brit authors like C.S Lewis and JRR Tolkien to find her own voice as a single parent writer. Magic was JK’s theme of children learning at school. Meyer’s was a voice of fantasy, romance, angst – youth under threat. Meyer’s creative literary bent, was a huge hit.
What this tells us: Perhaps we need to invest in single parents and-or Kiwi housewives more. (more…)
Funny today is Sal Serbin‘s indigenous peoples humor.
A very good reality check, for all us white folks rolling out. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.9.12~
To grow New Zealand’s filmmaking in groundbreaking news ways: “Ancient Maori legends combined with a big 3D budget vision have the potential to be relevant in the world.”
“Think, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon being a Maori legend told well,” is what Tini Molyneux told me about 12 years ago.” Today, I have to say, all of those years ago, Molyneux’s vision was right.
Food for thought for Iwi, China, Asia-Pacific to mull over concerning cool new films adding to NZ’s already cool movie genre of new films being made and produced.
In the films, I’d probably cast actors who didn’t know how to read or write well, yet their action skills were a forte. They’d shine in these groundbreaking films as whole people earning good incomes. eg: Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars story.
Seeing people who’d struggled with literacy “not intimidated” and acting in movies for tiger markets, with more golf time on their hands outside of their careers to play golf at St Andrews in Scotland in movie down time, would kinda rock too.
Summation: Chaori film production companies are a fantastic idea to grow NZ’s economy. Win-win-win. A billion dollar industry each year, just waiting to be developed in New Zealand. I like the idea as it the idea is about sustainable creation in new industry-building ideas from NZ.
What do you see in your Kiwi dream?
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.9.12~
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~
Yesterday was World Indigenous Peoples Day: It is an honor to be numbered in that group and also reflect on what we can all do for the Indigenous Peoples of the earth. We have a lot to change concerning our own greed and how we’ve stripped the rights of these beautiful people. Their worldviews are the balance the world needs at this time. Some links: Link between research and indigenous peoples‘ day – HRC.
Some World News links:
USA: U.S. drought worsens. Drives up food prices worldwide. Abe Lincoln lives. Humor: Obama complains First Lady doesn’t get paid. Eurozone watch. Romey vs. Obama: what the oddsmakers say… Healthcare: Justice Ginsburg shrugs off rib injury…
Australia: London ink: Cathy Freeman‘s joy as Sally completes journey. The best tattoos at the Olympics. Day 13: Live coverage -London. Ecstacy in London: Kayakers turn grief into sixth Aussie gold. AFL: Eagles looking to win midfield battle. Market turns on Telstra despite earnings growth.Economy watch: Economy ‘generating just enough jobs’. Aussie K4s: bring home sixth gold.
Belgium: Games end for drunk Belgian cyclist.
Generations collide: Cathy Freeman and Sally Pearson embrace. Photo: Viki Lascaris.
UK: Sport: ‘Asian banks prepare for British exit from the EU’. And: Olympics live. Commentary: Iran’s brutal hypocrisy over Syria. Boris Johnson: state school pupils should get two hours sport a day. Cameron: Cameron: ‘army of volunteers’ can rejuvenate school sport. Sports coaches for kids: Athletes swing behind drive to build on Olympics legacy in schools. Great Britain win 23rd gold medal.
New Zealand: No signs of victims30 hours on – New Plymouth. Sports: Olympics, August 9. Rescue flight returns from Antarctica. Police defend Dotcom raid tactics. Blue Chip victims win court battle. Water rights debate will cost millions. Black Sticks men seal ninth placing at Games. Expat Kiwis savour Olympic success. Toyota recalls 20,000 Camry, Aurion sedans. A walk through Kiwi Olympic history. Oldest flashmob hits Queen St. A new era for erupting White Island.
South Africa: Pistorius gets Olympic reprieve
India: India output shows slowing growth.
Syria: Inside Syria’s battlefields
Argentina: Argentina shatter Britain’s dreams of a first women’s hockey final. Business World Online: US, Spain, Russia, Argentina.
Indigenous Peoples News Bonus: Govt must ‘honour Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples‘
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.8.12~
Christropher Finlayson, Attorney-General for New Zealand was on New Zealand news today. The man who makes politics and law ethics sound like Shakespeare being performed live in New Zealand, appeared on TV to speak of Taranaki’s Port Nicholson.
Mr Finlayson says that the mismanagement of Port Nicholson could lead to new grievances further down the pipe line.
The Waitangi Tribunal (the group of judges who advise on Maori assets management under current law) have criticised the lack of communication between Crown negotiators over the Port Nicholson settlement in Wellington. (more…)
Sexier than a Maori pixie-tinkerbell character, is Peata Melbourne reading the news in Te Reo Rangatira (the language of Chiefs). Surreal, yet real and reading the news in New Zealand.
Peata is from one of the longstanding entertaining families of Maoridom in New Zealand. Her family is cloaked in poetic humility of spirit.
On her news radar? The kapa haka Maori performing arts cultural theater competition for high school students in Whangarei City, Te Taitokerau Northland. Young people versant in the oldest artform of performing theater of NZ have congregated in Northland for this special event. Plenty of lively culture on display.
Ngai Tuhoe’s young journalist, Rapaera Tawhai, has the story in Ngapuhi Iwi kainga-land.
Love it! Haka up. :)
[Incidentally, Peata has the same wide eyed-spacing as super-models like Kate Moss. A freak of nature at birth, did she miss her calling? She has a Maori-made-for-fashion face. Sexy Tuhoe mama from the diverse Urewera peoples cultural hearth land. From a Hollywood silver screen casting perspective, Peata is all bright eyes, similar to Winona Ryder back in the day. Good genes].
Enough about Peata Melbourne’s fierce cuteness though and definitive art of Maori cool: Also on the Maori News radar today is the concept of Maori people being smoke-free shareholders in the NZX shark pool, buying into their own existing assets in New Zealand. Read that here. All good. :)
~Posted by Horiwodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.7.12~
… Kiwi invention of the day. [Fijian brown sugar, manuka honey molasses, beef marinades with heat]
[who's on that project?!].
Biltong have started. Ngati Whatua and Tainui could also give it a go, with our exclusive bretheren Amish-Kiwis perhaps. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.7.12~