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~
Q. Do most Maori have ta moko art?
A. No. A lot of Maori and New Zealanders do though. Los Angeles has three artists who do ta moko design too.
Featured ta moko design, Nga Puhi design. Model: Chey Milne of Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Nga Puhi and Ngai Tahu.
Pop culture reference: Moko.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.1.13~
In Hokianga, Ngapuhi tonu nui Iwi whanau (family) celebrate community in Raumati season. Pawarenga United Marae Sports Day, on the edge of Whangape Harbour in North Hokianga is a way Northern New Zealand Maori families bring in a New Year.
A rare view of New Zealand community. Photos: Peter de graaf.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.1.12~
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…)
Photo: Te Wai Pounamu a Aotearoa. A NASA photograph.
Nga Thu Inc News: They are a Maori company who believes that for a company to do well, a focus on: corporate governance, social services provision and sustainability of the environment must be at the helm of growth.
Click on satellite map to watch news clip.
Featuring Mark Solomon and Ngai Tahu tribal members. Journalists Mark Sainsbury and the Close Up Team. Click on pic to view.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.11.12~
MAORI NEWS: USA ELECTION DAY CHICAGO, HOUSING ISSUES NZ, A YOUNG MAORI GENIUS, NGAPUHI’S BOARD, ALLOWING MAORI TO BE MAORI IN NZ’S PARLIAMENT
Some Maori News:
USA Elections: Tens of millions of Americans voted to decide whether to re-elect democratic president Barack Obama or hand the job to republican Mitt Romney. Shane Taurima reported from Obama HQ in Chicago.
Housing issues prompt hikoi to Parliament: A community group from Maraenui and other small communities affected by the Government’s social housing policy have marched on Parliament today. They say the policy has caused overcrowding while state houses are being sold off. (more…)
DELIVERING THE RURAL MAIL – KEEPING UP WITH RACHEL HUNTER & WILMA SCHIAMANSKI’S HIGH TECH AWARD WINNING DAIRY FARMING WAYS
It’s a long standing Kiwi tradition to deliver the mail.
The simple pleasure of checking the farm letter box is the most exciting event in rural communities. I remember it being that way growing up in my teens on a farm.
To this day, TV that I love watching is Rural Delivery. It’s a TV series featuring stories about New Zealand people who are the unsung heroes of our City populous mindsets. In Rural Delivery I tune in to the faces of people just like us, whose earth romance daily, shows a connectedness to landscape and place that I appreciate, admire and respect. Well mannered people living sun up to sun down as a rule.
On this week’s show: Find out how pine trees in Nelson are being used to create high-tech, architecturally designed buildings that can better withstand earthquakes.
What I learned from last week’s show: The Young Farmers Club have grown their club numbers by 20% during the 2005-12 farming calendar. That’s awesome. Mentoring programs have been established, with new field trips in key areas of agricultural growth teaching skills younger to equip youth showing interest in farming earlier.
What I was thinking: How can the Young Farmers Club help young Maori learn about farming? How can the YFC integrate with Iwi programs to impart knowledge, grow the club in a culturally aware way of New Zealand, showing a good lead for NZ’s bright future in this manner? How can Iwi Development work with the YFC’s Club for win-win partnerships in the upcoming years through cool cross-pollination of ideas, resources co-management and dreaming big as one?
When my mind walks down that country road of thinking, I could spend an entire day, exploring the new frontier of the Aotearoa prairies on that one. However, I don’t want to get too excited about the bright possibilities too much. Iwi and Farmers must do this as one themselves. In future years, delivering the rural mail is just going to get more exciting. More scientific, yet allowing nature to be king too, the story of Aotearoa New Zealand’s stunning cast as observers of all that the land produces for us all. There’s a pretty high standard of rural post delivery traditions to uphold in NZ.
A story that reminds me of my late grandad: Schimanski Dairy Award Winners: Otorohanga farmers Don and Wilma Schimanski are the winners of the Dairy Business of the Year Supreme Award for 2012. The national competition looks at all aspects of a dairy farm owner’s business, in particular farm profitability. Entrants in the Dairy Business of the Year Supreme Award for 2012 were scored out of 70 for their financial performance, 15 for environmental care and 15 for human resources. The competition is organised by Intelact director Chris Pyke. The judges were independent – Professor Keith Woodford of Lincoln University and Emeritus Professor Colin Holmes of Massey University.
Don and Wilma Schimanski have been dairying together for 23 years, and built up their business by putting three farms together. They now milk 748 cows on 184ha. Previously Don was a bulldozing contractor. Their philosophy is to fully feed the cows, keeping them healthy and well. They pay particular attention to grazing at the three leaf stage. Good management means keeping a finger on the pulse all the time, Don says. “You can’t really stop criticizing yourself. My philosophy is to look after my managers and workers. I have been lucky there. The focus of our team is on pasture harvest, and utilizing as much pasture as possible.” The figures show the Schimanskis have higher than average pasture harvested at 13.7tDM/ha compared to the Waikato average of 12.2tDM/ha.”–More@TheGumbootDiaries.
Important too: Is Bruce Wills, National President, Federated Farmers interview on water and its relationship to farming in NZ. “It is our number one issue by far, water,” shares Bruce.
Thank you for the news.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.9.12~
Weather reporters buzz words: “Canoodle”–Too funny.
[Image - what to do with fish exports, packaging, marketing, fish farming and freight ideas ahead--Images: blogger's own & Google Images].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.8.12~
The most viewed sports stars today have very significant links to New Zealand’s history and future. Check them out: KO NGAPUHI ONA IWI – HOCKEY’S HARRISON SISTERS OLYMPIANS & FRIENDS.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.7.12~
More Canadians are reading today than Australians. Is something wrong with Canada? Or just a slow news day?
Alright, here’s a clip for the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and their Canadian friends as a rare glimpse into Maori cultural life.
The clip reflects the cultural Maori expression of a community in Hokianga, where one of our MP’s Hone Harawira comes from. My own whanau (family) in part, also come from Hokianga on my mom’s side of the family.
The Hokianga Maori Cultural Club‘s art is etheral, otherworldly if viewing from overseas.
They are fiercely spiritual people when they perform. Have a look at who New Zealanders are too.
In their faces I see my grandmother reflected in their wairua (spirits). Surreal. Mauri ‘Ola.
[Incidentally one of the funny things about Maori culture is that you get rewarded for not looking your prettiest. The art of fierce is the idea during some musical items. Peace!].
Kia Ora Te Whanau a Hokianga.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.7.12~
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~
At the moment, New Zealand’s Valerie Adams, is the no.1 most voted athlete on the blog.
Also kicking in to do their bit for New Zealand’s bid at the London Olympics 2012 are Northland’s Harrison whanau of The Black Sticks. The sisters from Ngapuhi Iwi are pretty spesh.
Give it the Northland herbs! Good luck. :)
Andrew Saville has the coverage.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.7.12~
In the school of Kiwi old-fashioned manners – here’s a tribute to The Magic- being the best netball team in the South Pacific, making world history for a New Zealand netball team in their hard-fought sports competition league.
A haka from Te Tai Tokerau, Northland going up as a tribute today – for our fierce Champions of sporting excellence, discipline, wise coaching and mean teamwork on court.
[Photo credit: Getty Images. Tight Tussle: Leana de Bruin of the Magic competes for the ball during the final between the Melbourne Vixens and the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.7.12~
Willie Apiata, New Zealand’s highest decorated soldier has left the army in New Zealand. Apiata was the only living recipient of the Victoria Cross. His rescue mission in saving a comrade in Afghanstan earned him the award.
Minister of Defense Jonahan Coleman said Apiata had given 10 years of service in the SAS and 27 years in the army.
Army comrades question whether asking for time off to spend with family and being denied, was part of the reason of Apiaita’s resignation.
TVNZ reports Apiata saying in an SAS released statement of his 23 years of military service:
“This has been a decision that I have not taken lightly and it is one that has taken me many months to make. I am leaving to pursue my goals and to grow with my family,” he said.
He plans to become a part-time soldier and helping High Wire Auckland youth. Kia ora to that.
I have weird memories of once living in Hollywood and being able to sense the burdens that rested on Apiata’s shoulders. He is a man who as a symbol of life, constantly was negotiating to push back death off his people. That’s how I would describe his wairua (spirit) as I know it.
Like sports stars, New Zealand’s Rachel Hunter and others, Apiata was cast in the unusual role of having to play a sex symbol for New Zealand to make Kiwis feel safer. He wore a lot of costumes to achieve this price that was required of him.
(nb: Maori-Kiwi people: at times we are all somehow connected as one people, without ever meeting in person).
Chur bro. Rock on. Peace!
Updated: Stuff reports: NZ’s PM said Mr Apiata would be a fantastic role model, but his departure was a great loss. He will not leave the military entirely, remaining with the SAS reserve forces.
Carterton Mayor Ron Mark, a former New Zealand army officer and special forces soldier in Oman, said a soldier of Mr Apiata’s calibre could “pick his price” if he had decided to pursue lucrative overseas security work in hot spots such as Afghanistan.
“That he chooses instead to serve in New Zealand and continue to serve in the community in this manner is absolutely outstanding.”
Elite New Zealand special tactics police officers and former SAS members have earned up to $550,000 a year protecting VIPs and civilian workers in Iraq.
“He would be a highly attractive option for any of the companies that work internationally,” Mr Mark said.
[Simon Dallow and Michael Parkin broadcasted an interview with Mr Coleman on the news].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.7.12~
New Zealand has recently won the bid to host the World’s Iron Man competition. Maori Iron Man athlete and real life Dr. Ropata, Lance O’Sullivan talks health in New Zealand’s north and jetting across to Rarotonga to keep an eye on the South Pacific’s hula culture peoples.
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Te Karere News reports: Northland doctor takes stand against rheumatic fever: What’s ahead for Northland doctor Lance O’Sullivan? Last month, he resigned from Te Hauora o Te Hiku o Te Ika health provider. The greed and inequality activist in the health sector is known for being outspoken about poverty and poor housing. Sullivan gives an interview from his home in Kataia.
Take a nohi above.
Scotty Morrison feeds the ball to Anzac Pikia‘s reporting. Ngati Pourou, Te Arawa and Ngai Tahu could do with a ’jetting to Hawaii’ story about now, to work on their tans. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.7.12~
While high profile Maori leaders like Sir Eddie Drurie and also their own people, are battling to export their water products to the world from specific water sources (and fix their leaky taps situation), Charlotte Harrison and Sam Harrison are prepping for an Olympics show down.
The stunning Northland family of top athletes are Olympics fit for the New Zealand’s Black Sticks hockey team.
Sign us all up for the Harrison fan club of the Ngapuhi Iwi Maori tribe of NZ. And go Te Taitokerau and Kiwi athletes in London 2012 representing Aotearoa New Zealand with their fun team.
Harrison smart water on the hockey field? That would work in the USA.
The Harrisons are from Te Tai Tokerau Northland, their waka is Ngatokimatawhaorua. Their home is the birthplace of a nation, the place where New Zealand’s founding document was signed. Good ambassadors are these girls of that. Good luck! :)
News reel, Te Karere News team. Photo: The Black Sticks Women’s Hockey Team 2012, Photosport.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.7.12~
In Maori Cowboy Rangatira News: This morning I watched this story on TV: An in-depth look at the life of Rihari Dargaville, Ngapuhi elder was broadcasted on Te Waka Huia‘s program. Rihari Dargaville has done so much for his people, a man who is not afraid to speak his mind.
His gracious spirit and humble wisdom is a study. Mauri Ora.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.7.12~