Tokaanu, New Zealand

Dear Aotearoa, from mum

Ko Papatūānuku tēnei, it’s yo Mama here. I’ve just been hanging about, letting nature do nature, rivers be rivers, skies be skies and after three weeks of Aoteroa Alert Level 4, forced isolation, I want to share my observations.

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Mourners walking to urupā
Te Huirangi Waikerepuru

Former Māori TV boss salutes Huirangi

Soon after arriving at Māori Television as its new CEO in December 2004, I was confronted with a daunting array of reo and tikanga challenges spread far and wide across the organisation. It didn’t help that I was an absolute novice in both domains, and here I was, tasked with aligning our cultural aspirations with…

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What to do with the kids?

Teachers are amazing but I don’t want to be one. And especially not to my own children. But in these exceptional Covid-19 circumstances I get the feeling there is an expectation I’m going to have to step up, at least for the next few weeks anyway. Where do I even start? It was a struggle…

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