“My cultural pride I will show, that you may know, who I am.”–song lyrics, Aaria.
Beautiful voices from The Shaky Isles today.
Mauri ‘Ola Tatou! Life to US!!!
[Footage: Singer Stan Walker & Whanau/Family from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia]
Lyrics: He kakano ahau i ruia mai i rangi atea (I am a seed scattered from Rangiatea)
No Ordinary Sun by Hone Tuwhare for lost Māwhera Miners & Korea North & South Tree let your arms fall: raise them not sharply in supplication to the bright enhaloed cloud. Let your arms lack toughness and resilience for this is no mere axe to blunt nor fire to smother. Your sap shall not rise again to the moon’s pull. No more incline a deferential head to the wind’s talk, or stir to the tickle of coursing rain. Your former shagginess shall not be wreathed with the delightful flight of birds nor shield nor cool the ardour of unheeding lovers from the monstrous sun. Tree let your naked arms fall nor extend vain entreaties to the radiant ball. This is no gallant monsoon’s flash, no dashing trade wind’s blast. The fading green of your magic emanations shall not make pure again these polluted skies . . . for this is no ordinary sun. O tree in the shadowless mountains the white plains and the drab sea floor your end at last is written.
Source – Hone Tuwhare Poems
Swifty and Dame Liz - Two people who helped build the Hollywood star system. One threw the best parties each year, where next year’s deals were brokered and A-List star rankings were determined.
The other reenacted, what she knew of a star system that had worked for centuries. She acted like a Queen of a commonwealth of stars assembled in Hollywood that were drawn from all over America and the world. Liz Taylor was the center along with Samuel Lazar.
A beaut shot of two star makers – least we forget our manners and our knowledge of history in California today and how America’s brightest stars have been shaped and created. This tradition has always been a global effort.
To be a Maori-Kiwi and add your contribution to this tradition in a small way via a Hollywood blog daily, is what we call “tika” to do in our corner of the world. Always fun to do.
It’s called an expression of “tino rangatiratanga” or a sovereign expression of one’s spirit of liberty in the world, contributing to the future direction of it. Tino rangatiratanga as a part of the world’s new star system, also means “to think green for future generations as people living in a sovereign harmonious state, in dialogue with the environment and the earth.”
It’s a beautiful tradition that all Indigenous Peoples of the world have always believed. Today, Hollywood’s brightest stars think of others (including the least in the world) and they dare to think green for the planet and its people – over any other value system or reward system of fame.
James Cameron‘s film Avatar with this theme, proved this sentiment, achieving the best selling Hollywood film in box office history. Cameron’s direction as a Hollywood auteur bore witness with people the world over, that this is what we want from the City of Angels and other film making meccas of the world. It’s where Hollywood is at, in representing strong messages for the world in cinema and entertainment texts. Anything else, pales in its irrelevant meaninglessness and is archaic.
When I look at this image of Swifty and Dame Liz, they stood for something important. They took on the role of testing the existing star system and making it better, stronger, brighter and more relevant and meaningful. Today in Hollywood, so do a rising new generation of earth-conscious humanitarian stars. These people are re-altering Hollywood’s current star system, making it stronger by ignoring the dross and realigning entertainment with strong stories the world needs today.These stories are green, compassionate, human.
It’s fun living in Hollywood and California. I love being Maori and Kiwi and living right in the middle of it. It’s where Maori belong too. Positioned right in the Middle, shaping the form and future flow of fun! We are so Hollywood in the 2010′s.
~Image courtesy of Vanity Fair. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.17.10~
Today was the biggest growth day on the blog in two months.
Thanks for the mad love everyone. Together, we’re making history.
God bless you all. Thank you.
Let’s rock this, together!
What I have learned at this point blogging, is that Maori-Kiwis really can live away from whanau (family) iwi (tribe) in the US full time, for 4 and a half years now.
I’ve learned that I love America, more than most people claim they do.
This is a great nation, diverse and beautiful and I feel very privileged and blessed to have been a small part of it, during some very interesting years. As most of you who read the blog are American, “thank you,” have faith in yourself, as many of us (your friends who are non-American) do. We believe in you!
No matter what the day may serve up, may a growing bond never change between you and your allied nations of friends. When you’re down, it us who, within reason, hold your arms up in shared victory. That’s what real friends are for. Kiwis (New Zealanders) are such real people. We don’t quit good people. The victory is not always monetary. A change for you all perhaps in these not always smooth, political years and growing pains. Instead, the victory we share together is a shared world for future generations, beyond temporary moments of instant gratification known as ‘our lifetime.’
On that note, here’s a group of lads, all of whom are perhaps much more noble than me –yet not one has my profile, even though they all should– whose ancestors all raised them to think of their grandchildren’s grandchildren. Here’s some more Maori entertainment from the priceless lads of K2 Maori Company.
Blogging in H-Wood, most days I feel like one of these bros. Not much different to any one them. I believe that not enough Maori men are seen or visible at high profile levels of leadership in the world. Yet the world needs what Maori men know culturally, at this point in world history. Especially in America, hence a motivating reason of why I blog.
Incidentally, most Kiwi kids grew up singing this song. I was about ten? I think, when I first learned it with my siblings, next door neighbors and friends. I still know all the words off by heart. When I was in Hawaii I heard some Hawaiian bros singing this hori jingle too, so it’s a bit of a global hit, worth sharing. Americans… you’re quite surprising people, to know this song. Thank you all for being a part of our diverse view, that includes Maori presence (taste preferences and observations) daily too in Hollywood and America. Mauri ‘Ola - life to you!
Golden couple of the day: Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.10~
As a leader I love her because she can listen and divide matters fairly. In this regard she’s just like her grandma, Lady Thorp–Horiwood on Trinity Brooke’s fearless leadership skills.
Trinity Brooke of rugby royalty has a beaming smile today as she hangs out with some girlfriends for a bit of socialite time in the U.K. She is the grandchild of Lady Patricia Thorp, the sweetest woman who served Auckland City on The Council looking after the environment. That was Lady Thorp’s hot thing, amongst many. As a leader, Brooke is a young lady I trust. She’s always worthy of spotlight and she’s a pearla.
When it comes to entertainment trends, Trinity has the best tastes. She grew up with women the ilk of Debbie Harwood singing impromptu (no bands, no palava just real true fearless Kiwi talent) around her dinner table, as a kid growing up in New Zealand, so you can’t blame Trin really. She’s the real deal Pasifika knowing Kiwi girl. Impeccable taste.
Trinity and myself, thanks to Lady Thorp, both went together to see Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson perform live in concert, because Patricia was like that. If someone was talented with a message people needed to see and hear and feel, Patricia was the all for the talented person in the world. I still thank her for her gifts of leadership today, that Trinity Brooke now also carries so richly in her young life. Trinity Brooke is special. She knows the ways and I know that Trinity does. Women of action. Can’t be beat.
When we last caught up with Trinity, she’d recently given birth to baby Oscar Brooke and then had launched right on into a wee triathlon excursion. Kiwi’s–we’re full on!
Trinity is all about health and fitness. Actually this girl always has been as far as I can recall. Love her. She’s a fine basketball player and netball player too.
What a gorgeous Maori-Kiwi smile. Full beam ahead then. Hey Trin. :)
[Trinity Brooke is proudly of the Ngati Awa Maori tribe and also of Matakana Island Maori tribal affiliations too. Now based in London, Brooke is from Auckland the Supercity and has fun family in Melbourne Australia too. Image Trinity's own. Amy Te Whetu is pictured with Trinity on the right. Go Maori-Kiwi girl's in the UK!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.11.10~
In Support of Boy a film by Taika Cohen introducing James Rolleston
Sam Cruickshank (Horiwood, a blogger) and Taika Cohen, (the Maori-Jewish Kiwi Tarantino) & Hollywood’s reigning Maori King, Cliff Curtis (Leading light, Producer).
With special thanks to producers: Ainsley Gardiner, Merata Mita’s family, Michael E & the New Zealand Film Commission.
Alright… where’s Temuera?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.9.10~
JOHN KEY AND THE KAITIAKI (GUARDIANS) OF MIDDLE EARTH’S MINERALS RICH LANDSCAPES TALK RESPONSIBLE MINING FOR MAORI AND KIWIS
[A brown owls/ els Parliament Post on Mining: In this video footage from Te Karere, The Maori News, Kelvin Davis of Ngati Manu, Karetu, Bay of Islands has some interesting thoughts to share on Maori and Kiwi mining. He is "no." My thoughts are, minerals are the allusion of wealth (a metaphor of sciences future direction linked into IT production too). Like diamonds allude to a wealth trail--minerals are the bait to attract other biz deals in a modern world, and you must have some minerals on the whanau table, or else you'll miss out on meeting global trade opportunities. I have ideas, but they're not being put on here. :)
Perhaps quality, limited supply, over quantity is a good balance for Kelvin's tribe--and being more strategic with developing the use of minerals as Maori tribes, so the supply is maximized and controlled more (for a purpose--not wasteful), to preserve the resource could be key too. China, India, America--all want minerals (a strategy to save oil usage on the planet)--specifically for green energy technologies advancement, so if the Kaupapa is green there may be a meeting point there. Always remain open. Put some family jewels on the table. Give a little. Diversity from tourism is key too. What to do to be a part of the global game? Watch this clip. Mauri O'la Kelvin Davis].
New Zealand is such an onto it, nation. Everything you can imagine is there in this paradise nation, naturally, but the leaders of this nation, are mindful that they are stewards for future generations of the wealth and abundance they collectively share.
The rare leadership displaying respect to the environment is, in-the-main, a unique cultural-economic role they play, called “Kaitiaki” which means a Guardian.
They are stewards and guardians of the future generations of New Zealand and this rules their thinking of a temporal sense of personal gratification and selfish use of the resources of the earth. To me, they are star leaders, their knowledge of the environment, woven into governance matters–is a star template for leading-edge, wise global leaders worldwide.
Within this context of leadership, a timely discussion is occurring with Maori leaders of New Zealand and Prime Minister John Key on the topic of mining. Here’s a full report from TV3 News on this issue, down under in the green paradise nation of Aotearoa/ New Zealand or Middle Earth as we know it too, in California.
TV3 NEWS reports: “Iwi leaders and the Government have met to discuss mining, and how Maori could be part of talks about future mining and energy issues to prevent disagreements such as that by East Coast Maori over oil exploration in the Ruakumara Basin.
Prime Minister John Key and Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee met the Iwi Leaders Group last night.
[Metiria Turei is a Green Party politician. Her party believes in the legalization of Marijuana and Preserving the Earth's resources with green-thinking strategies forward in a modern world. Whenever she appears on any political matter, she pops! Her political trajectory is colorful showcasing both the humor, theatricality yet intelligence of the New Zealand sense of showpersonship. Read her resume for chuckles. There's no Hollywood or Washington star quite like her]
[To visit Great Barrier Island go here. I went to school on this Island briefly with my siblings as a kid. Everything about it is other worldly. It's a country paradise surrounded by extraordinary beaches. It was like living on the set of that hit Hollywood TV series Fantasy Island every day. Great Barrier Island is real, but surreal. Beautiful. Go to this Island to let your children discover a quality adventure with nature.] News story continues.
MAORI ECONOMY AND SUPERGROWTH -MAORI SCIENTISTS REQUIRED TO MANAGE IWI-OWNED MINERALS RICH RESOURCES KEY NOTES PM JOHN KEY
Maori walk on stormy water of a historical legacy of laws (and actions of confiscation and exclusion of Maori) effectively shutting Maori out of equal property ownership and resources. Add to this, the current times of an economic global crises. ‘Miracle Maori’ and ‘Maori-friendly miracle-thinkers’ are needed to set New Zealand up to be competitive globally in the 2020′s. Let’s fly and walk on water faster, then. But wait, is that approach scientific? Kia Ora from Hollywood New Zealand. :)
Another thought is that –if every Western nation is clamoring to boost their economy with China and India (both nations total a population of 1/3rd of the world’s total population), then Maori can’t necessarily look to Western countries. If this is the case, culturally nuanced Maori (who have lived as bi-cultural and multi-cultural people daily) on a real level, not token, perhaps have the skills needed to meet and negotiate for New Zealand from a nuanced cultural basis, being key, to aid the advancement of all New Zealanders in a growing NZ economy with emerging markets with China and India.
Having posited that thought, Maori children need to learn to speak hindu and Chinese then asap, right along with Espanol. I think.
Te Karere, a Maori News show in New Zealand, are doing some of the best news in the entertainment biz lately. Here’s that story, everyone is talking about. This version in Te Reo Rangatira (The Language of Chiefs) of New Zealand.
The day Hilllary Clinton touched down in New Zealand, the story aired with a headline: The Most Powerful Women in the World Arrives in New Zealand. This prompted a politician to give a funny aside like the theatricality of a good Shakespeare play, (read that here).
My favorite part of this footage, is where Hillary presses noses in greeting (it’s called the hongi) symbolizing the breath of life in your nose, mingling with the breath of life in your fellow sisters and brothers.
Equality of life is shared in the warm gesture of manaaki (or hospitality) when “hongi moments” happen, celebrating the meeting of our diverse and shared human presence–is what the intimate gesture symbolizes.
Maori are big on face-to-face talking, greetings, shared communication and presence. This cultural trait, all Kiwis seem to share. If you’re serious, you’ll turn up, is the view – Mrs Clinton did not disappoint. What a woman.
Her “hongi” moment, is exactly like James Cameron‘s Avatar film (photo below), which is where uber-talented James perhaps got the idea from. It’s so surreal to be Maori in Hollywood and watching Hilary (US Secretary of State) go Avatar-Maori with a good hongi session in Middle Earth, Wellington New Zealand. She’s one of US now. That’s also what the hongi means.
Watching it go down in this news clip, I forgot what country I was in. It took 36 hours for the ‘surreal feeling’ to calm down and to readjust back to American life. Lol! *jokes*
[By the way: To see how thorough, personable and informative Prime Minister Key is at updating his people, with transparent communication from his Beehive Parliamentary office, watch this video clip of one of the Kiwi King's regular updates. Good leadership, aye!].
Now, let’s get back to Hillary in the top clip, she’s looking good.
I can’t help but think of smart action partnerships, being the result of US-Kiwi political ties. Green thinking strategies are ahead. I see plenty of fun shared between two showcasing nations – both who love to entertain. A win-win combo.
Update: Fran O’Sullivan of the New Zeland Herald notes how Prime Minister, Mr Key, genuinely slipped up by introducing Mrs Clinton as “President Clinton,” by way of a genuine gaffe. It’s a compliment to Mr Obama that Hillary is so Presidential in her role as US Secretary of State.
Here’s an image of a Maori koru (symbolizing courage in change when facing challenges). The koru spiral (a metaphor of a fern frond’s growing spear tip – new life) is depicted on President Ronald Reagan‘s Hollywood Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame–to reciprocate the spirit of American-Kiwi and Maori-Hawaii relationships, cross-over art and culture, remaining strong between our entertaining nations of diverse and vibrant peoples in world politics.
Again, what a fine Ambassador for her President, Mr Obama and her First Lady, the lovely Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton is and was down in NZ. She rocked the gig.
Bring it on — in the 2010′s from New Zealand and America.
[Presenter: Scotty Morrison, Reporter Roihana Nuri, Executive Producer: "The Most Powerful Woman In The Maori World" Tini Molyneux, for Bronagh Key and Te Karere, TVNZ News. National Standards Education Standards can be sourced here.]
To visit New Zealand yourself and experience the culture – Go Here.
[Images of Wellywood/ Wellington, photographer - David Wall]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~
In dance, we see God, the Lord of The Dance–Horiwood for Amelia Lynch 2010′s
Amelia Lynch is a dancer and a cutie pie.
I met Amelia in L.A, quite by chance, about 2 years ago here in Hollywood.
To find out about this Maori girl’s dancing ability in both Hollywood and in New Zealand check her on Facebook. Her spirit is beyond sweet.
The way New York is going, building a $100 million arts center at site Ground Zero, of which the main attraction is the big Dance Theater, I think Amelia has got a good shot at choreographing something amazing and performing a significant new work in front of world leaders in NYC in the future–if she wants to.
Maori women have such amazing stories. The women they descend from, have rich history to draw from, in stories of dance and resilient strength.
Having met Amelia, she’s got my vote. Amelia: Try to collaborate with a playwright initially just to structure a piece with you (not for, always with) and also look at the African-American choreographers, that First Lady Michelle Obama honored recently at The White House.
Stories of marginalization, struggle, slavery, loss, finding peace with loss and rebuilding a life – being redeemed through dance – this is the art of American dance narratives in the 2010′s. It’s all about redemption. Moving forward past loss, into freedom. Body as instrument as an expression of hope within the human spirit. It’s the fuel and form of American Arts for this decade.
Suggested homework – Take Maya Angelou‘s “Still, I Rise” poem, select favorite quotes from a Patricia Grace novel. Work with a musical composer to tell a story with them of an interwoven narrative from both of these two important female writers and voices of the US and also NZ.
Enter the character of “Wahine” whose story you’re telling. Be her, bring her alive in dance. Paint a portrait with movement, your body, your imagination. Who is she? What is her journey? How does her body move? What did she overcome? What was the climb of her journey? Her rise is? You. Show this in dance.
The resulting music composition, choreograph a 15 minute dance piece to it.
You’ll be rocking. Also look at the work of Donna Wood (also featured on this blog). Aroha and Kia Kaha beautiful!
Go dancer bee. Under my nieces umbrella, I got your back, for creative inspiration when you need! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.24.10 – This one especially for Crystal Rachel my niece, a friend of friends and creative people, just like Amelia is a producer of Art, entertainment and talent-segueing too. Producers, 2010. More do, then talk. That’s US. Let’s go!~
Who: Yasmin Bidois
What: School girl, model.
Tribal Affiliations: Nga Puhi (hey!) and Ngati Awa (hei tiki!)
Ethnicity: Maori, French, Kiwi.
Photgraphed by: Marcelle Te Huia
Make Up: Brigitte O’Grady
Stylist: Leah Netton
Discovered: Mall. Cinema. Auckland City.
High School: Mt Albert Grammar School
Media Source: Tu Mai Magazine
[This image: bronze Maori tiki on Elvira cotton lace]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.26.10~
Auckland Mayor John Banks poses with Maori diva songstress Hinewehi Mohi.
Let’s go Auckland City for Christchurch City today.
Go here to see, act and make a difference.
Here’s Hinewehi‘s song of her great love for her daughter Hineraukatauri of Oceania for inspiration and motivation to act and love today, in the poetic indigenous Maori language of New Zealand. The song was penned by Hinewehi and sustainable environment advocate, Jaz Coleman (pictured below) of the Prague Symphony Orchestra residency fame, and, creator of two eco-villages in the South Pacific and Chile.
[Image courtesy of C.H campaign blog]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.4.10~
Maori wisdom: “In a very old tree, you may be certain that the sapwood is on the outside, while the heartwood is in the middle… Desolate darkness, desolate brightness. … Care for the land, Care for the people, Go forward.”
Remembering my Hollywood Maori manners today from around the globe. This is what I’m wearing today in West Hollywood, California.
A Maori Koru taonga handcrafted from the Ocean, gifted by Doniece Mackay of Matapouri Bay of the Ngapuhi Maori tribe, who lives in both Rome & Paris, once put around my neck in Wellywood, New Zealand, with the words “You are an international Maori who is meant for the world. This taonga symbolizes our ancestors, who navigated our existence into this world. You, do the same thing”
The taonga rests on a Cotton Force tee shirt, as gifted by Dale Karauria of the Ngati Porou Maori tribe of the East Coast on Dale’s last visit to L.A. Brown cotton stitching on brow with a silver Maori ta moko print overlay.
This post going up for Cliff Curtis, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Temuera Morrison, Karl Urban and Rena Owen as a symbol of tino rangatiratanga, Kiwi ingenuity and in recognition of your abilities to dream big Maori dreams to entertain the world.
To Doniece and Dale–thank you both for being friends in Wellywood, New Zealand long before I set out for Hollywood. I wear you both across my heart. Much love and thanks. Sam xox.
Jewish whakatauki of Isaiah: “Ka hoatu ano e ahau ki a koe nga taonga o te pouri, me nga mea huna o nga wahi ngaro, kia mohio ai koe ko Ihowa ahau, e whakahua atu nei i tou ingoa, ko te Atua o Iharaira…. And I will give thee the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places…”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.28.10~
The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.–the ancient poetic illuminating words of Psalmist King David, Ezra and poetic literary, musical friends.
فَتْحُ كَلاَمِكَ يُنِيرُ الذِّهْنَ، وَيَهِبُ الْبُسَطَاءَ فَهْماً.
פֵּ֖תַח דְּבָרֶ֥יךָ יָאִ֗יר מֵבִ֥ין פְּתָיִֽים׃
你 的 言 語 一 解 開 就 發 出 亮 光 ， 使 愚 人 通 達 。
La révélation de tes paroles éclaire, Elle donne de l’intelligence aux simples.
La exposición de tus palabras imparte luz; da entendimiento a los sencillos.
Ko te whakapuakanga o au kupu he homai marama; na reira i homai he mahara ki nga kuware.
[With retro live soulful music by grammy winning poetic-psalmist, Lauryn Hill today for our entertainment]
~Poetry with love today, brought to you by US. Horiwood.Com, California USA. 8.19.10~
MONTREAL’S [MAORI] LAMB’S WOOL EAGLE [LITERARY] FASHION BLEND FOR MERATA MITA’S CHILDREN, HOLLYWOOD JUNE 2010
Email to Horiwood: “Hi [Uncle] Sam… It looks like Merata’s tangi is in Te Puke, which isn’t too far away, hopefully I can go. I know Che Fu’s father is going.
“MITA: Merata. Passed away on 31 May, 2010. Beloved daughter of the late Tikitere Takuira Mita and Annie Pikitea McPhee. Beloved sister. Mother of Rafer, Richard, Rhys, Lars (deceased), Awatea, Eruera and Hepi. Nanny to Te Rangimarie, Rapanui, Wahia, Tikitere, Te Rongopai and Wiremu. As one journey ends another begins, may your wairua continue to soar. You will forever remain in our hearts. Tangi at Pukehina Marae, SH2, Te Puke. Burial Oreiwhata, Friday, 4 June at 11am.
[Above image--Poetic Benjamin Button Black Tie Rain, Fashion Cuff Links with "Twinkle [Tap] Toes” Wish Bone/ Divinig Rod [of Chicken Soup for the Soul] Chain, courtesy of Pedro Rubio & Associates. Literary Page a la Nanook of The North, courtesy of Google]
This came in yesterday from my sister, Rachel. It is the celebratory death notice of indgenous Maori filmmaking Queen, Merata Mita that her six children, loving and painfully placed in the New Zealand newspaper for her–so that The World, would know that their mother’s spirit would always soar.
With the soaring metaphor of an Eagle used by her family to define their mum,
FILMMAKER MERATA MITA LIVES ON IN Q’ORIANKA KILCHER’S FILMMAKING SPIRIT, AS SHE IS ARRESTED IN WASHINGTON DC
This one for Merata Mita‘s children. Behold and be. And of course, for ‘mai’ baby, Q’orianka Kilcher–who did exactly what Merata Mita did when filming Patu! –made art, that was right, although it got them in trouble.
Reports the Huffington Post, USA: “WASHINGTON — U.S. Park Police have identified a woman arrested for tying herself to a White House fence as actress Q’orianka (kohr-ee-AHN’-kuh) Kilcher. Authorities say the 20-year-old tied herself to the fence Tuesday and her 41-year-old mother, Saskia, poured a black substance over her.
They told officials they were protesting a visit by the president of Peru. Q’orianka Kilcher’s father is a Peruvian Indian.
Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser identified the mother, who’s charged with defacing government property, and daughter, who’s charged with disorderly conduct.
Kilcher’s agent Carlyne Grager confirmed the arrests and said the actress is a strong supporter of indigenous populations around the world.
Kilcher played Pocahontas in the 2005 film, “The New World.” She is currently starring in Princess Kaiulani in selected theaters–although the HuffPo, never says that. As I know both Q’orianka and Saskia–both beautiful women–and Q’ori remnds me the most of a young Merata Mita (Sundance film festival judge with Angelica Houston–they were buddies) out of anyone in Hollywood–Q’orianka needs our support today–in making her stand for Peru, when children are dying every day there–because of global warming, corporatization of Peru at life’s expense due to the polution of Peru’s environment etc. [There's plenty of Q'ori news on this blog, if you've never heard of her].
Her name means Phoenix rising from the ashes in Peruvian dialect of her tribe. And if you think this young lady is full on–she’s a babe in training… because here’s the incomparable Merata Mita, whose body is currently lying in state in Te Puke, New Zealand–where Horiwood’s dad descends from. Merata records in her documentary film Bastion Point: Day 507–the arrest of indigenous people and the removal of them from their own land (prime coastal real estate) in the 1980′s. This film is one of my favorite documentaries in the world–because it concerns Ngati Whaatua people–or my mother’s own people and her tribe. This stuff is real–and like Q’orianker–we have survived it. But let’s get back to Q’ori.
Of course, like Q’orianka, Merata was often arrested for her art. So… although I’m all for trying to stay within the law where possible … Mauri Ora Ms Kilcher (life to you!). I See you, honey! Kia Kaha [& tweet on ur release] xox
[Q'orianka is pictured above with Robert Redford --and at top in protest of Peru's polution of the environment by multi-national corporation's industry that goes unchecked. And because like Merata, Q'orianker is Redford's baby too--they are also both my babies too--having collaborated with both on indigenous entertainment--I'm the light version. Lol!]. Today, I’m celebrating–that a new film director, and film producer (in the making) the calibre of Merata Mita has been born. Go girl! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.3.2010~
The haka is rather hot right now in American pop music texts, I’ve noticed. Today Hollywood via this blog, celebrates the life of a great Maori woman filmmaker, Merata Mita. She was an adored judge at The Sundance Film Festival. Her spirit was that of a warrior. Jealousy of others continually rose up to thwart her dream to be Maori and create her art each day and have an opinion in film. But she endured.
Because Merata is formidable, I am going to let New Zealand’s greatest celebrities in her native land, The New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Football Team–demonstrate an aspect of what was inside this Wahine Toa (Warrior Woman) of He Whakaata Maori (Maori Cinema’s) indomitable spirit. Take it away lads. :)
In Hollywood tonight, one Maori broadcast’s a tribute to a Hollywood great–just because We Can! That was her life’s message in film, the arts and entertainment. Such a wise lady.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.2.2010~
Collin Farrell and Q’orianker Kilcher rocked Princess Kaiulani out in Los Angeles for Peru global awareness.
Here’s how you voted your top ten celebrity, entertainment and Hollywood news items of interest today, here in Hollywood on Horiwood.Com. Loving it!
2. About Horiwood–> Princess Kaiulani film benefit for Peru
5. A new chapter: Bullock & Bullock Jr., New Orleans
6. Music Video black girls’ humor: Beyonce’s Why Don’t You Love Me?
7. White House Mothers: Michelle Obama & Marion Robinson
8. Box Office News: Iron Man boxes big for Hollywood at # 1
10. TIE A: USA’s Top Baby Names 2010: Bella, Edward, Jacob, Malia
10. TIE B: Rihanna moonwalks in Germany
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~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.11.2010~
The Earth needs our Love–Michael Jackson‘s message in song, Grammys 2010.
[Image of Prince Michael Jackson I and Paris Jackson courtesy of ABC. Image of Michael Jackson's star with Maori Taonga from the Moana (Sea) photographed by Horiwood today]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.31.2010~
Karl Urban - Kia Ora brother! Because Maori must follow our own Star as this is what tino rangatiratanga truly means… I salute you today in Hollywood. Thanks for navigating the stars and leading so brilliantly.
Love your work! Let’s Trek it out in Tinsel Taone!
[Kia ora to all the whanau and Tribe Horiwood of New Zealand Tu. I See You!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.31.2010~
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.31.2010~