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~
Poignant song lyrics of New Zealand as penned by poetic-prophet: Brooke Fraser in the song Arithmetic.
I've been staring at the sky tonight Marvelling and passing time Wondering what to do with daylight Until I can make you mine You are the one I want, you are the one I want (more…)
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…)
She’s adorable. Renee Stewart is a rising model with good Kiwi connections.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.11.12~
Hollywood’s industry tabloid, People Magazine reports: “Prince Charles learns the hongi, the traditional greeting (expressed through the rubbing or touching of noses) from the Maori community of New Zealand, on Wednesday during a reception at London’s St. James Palace.”
Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.10.12~
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~
Three search requests today were: “Rahui Ngati Kahu,” “Syliva Earle & Mark Solomon” ocean managers.
Here’s a story of how Maori, Polynesia peoples, Kiwis and Aussies role in fish and ocean protection is essential: 16 Pacific Islands manage 10% of the world’s fish. Are Polynesian people celebrities of the world in the future more than they already are now, or what?!
That’s an incredible fact.
Last year, global fish consumption hit a record high of 17 kg (37 pounds) per person per year, even though global fish stocks have continued to decline. On average, people eat four times as much fish now than they did in 1950. (more…)
The New Zealand All Blacks world champion captain, Richie McCaw may exercise a sabbatical clause in his rugby contract to prolong his rugby football star branding to the sports code. A good idea for Otago’s star footballer. More @TVNZ.
Photo: Richie McCaw (c) of the All Blacks and Coach Steve Hansen (R) chat during a New Zealand All Blacks captain’s run at Forsyth Barr Stadium on September 14, 2012 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Getty Images.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.9.12~
ROB SCUDERI, LA KINGS HARD YEAR & RACHEL HUNTER HITS SPOKANE FOR CHIEFS VS TRI CITY AMERICANS HOCKEY GAME
At the time of writing Cristiano Ronaldo is the most requested sports star via search engines linking to Horiwoodblog. One vote shy, in no.2 position is Rob Scuderi of The LA Kings Hermosa hockey beach team. He’s a study into the hard knocks in the world of top level sport.
Ten Things About Rob Scuderi & LA Kings Hockey Beach Culture (by the headlines – June July 2012 Rewind sports press):
Rob Scuderi’s role in winning two Stanley cups was viewed as huge–ProHockeyTalkNBCSports
Surviving controversial hits is a part of the dangerous show Scuderi and his buds endure–NBCSports
Real injuries take time to heal in brutal hockey clashes. Like a year–NBC
Chocolate milk and Spiderman pyjamas parenting, post hangovers never cease to amaze either-ArticlesBoston
Tweet Pic: LA Spokane, Rachel Hunter. Rachel’s latest hockey tweets are: “Landed in Spokane … Excited for tomorrow’s game ! #. Finally the time has come! Spokane Chiefs v Tri City Americans, season opener tomorrow night in Tri City at 7pm! #BeThere #Stoked #RivalGame”. Hunter adds: “@danwallis11 I am not a republican .. I have a green card and can’t vote. So I don’t know where u got ur information.” Nice one! :) Pic: NZW.
How the win happpened: (more…)
South Pacific foreign correspondent, Barabara Dreaver of New Zealand … serves up Will and Kate‘s Tuvalu dance moves. Fun.
Video News Link: TVNZ. Photo: Arthur Edwards -Getty – Australia News.Com.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.9.12~
Gotta have some Valerie Adams in one’s smile club Kiwi mix. New Zealand’s no.1 track and field champion star returned home today. :)
Virginia Tuita, from the Tongan Royal family said “There are no words to express how proud they are of Valerie.”
Adams earlier tweeted: “The eagle has landed one happy person right now. Still on plane to the gate :).”
The sports star has been a long time away from home. The high price of sport. Welcome home! Getty/TVNZ
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.9.12~
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~
“From muppets to sporting a mullet,” Oscar’s Bret McKenzie and Australia’s Hamish Blake unite with Joanna Hunkin in Invercargill, New Zealand for a red carpet movie premiere of Two Little Boys, a Robert Sarkies and Duncan Sarkie‘s film.
Wendy Petrie has the live studio feed, to a Kiwi bromance comedy interview for Hollywood’s buddy genre’s many fans. It’s an unpretentious movie that Hunkin describes as “gruesome” and “funny.”
Updated: The Southland Times begins its review with “it has plenty of swearing, it has nudity, and it has a fairly graphic scene involving a dead backpacker and an axe.” Adding: It is a black comedy of errors set against a stunning backdrop – the Southern Scenic Route of Southland New Zealand and its familiar attractions, Jack’s Blowhole, Curio Bay, Cathedral Cave. It’s a story of what happens when you outgrow your friends.” Actor Maaka Pohatu stars as Gav in the film too.
September 20th is when the movie hits theaters in New Zealand.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.9.12~
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…)