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. Wairoa, New Zealand Credit Arthur Rasmussen E aku tamariki, you have warmed my soul, I’ve witnessed extraordinary aroha as you’ve celebrated … [Read more...] about Dear Aotearoa, from Mum
In a world with no Covid-19, the roads to Taranaki would be full of mourners this Easter weekend. Mourners walking to urupā Iwi leaders, language exponents and politicians in full tangi regalia; black suits, pounamu neck pieces and prized gold-capped shark teeth earrings adorning the taringa of kuia. In the rear window of their cars tokotoko (orator's staff) and fedoras … [Read more...] about Tuna, Tapenade but no Tangihanga
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 the pragmatic requirements of running a brand new Māori … [Read more...] about Former Māori TV Boss Salutes Huirangi
Just six months ago, Nadine and Karl Toe Toe were on top of the world. They cleaned up at the 2019 New Zealand Tourism Industry awards taking the honours for 'Community engagement'. That evening the Māori Tourism industry sprung to its feet performing a chilling haka to show their support and admiration for the couple. Six years earlier, Nadine and Karl had sold their house … [Read more...] about Māori Tourism Brought to its Knees
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 to get my teenagers out of the house before 8.30am, now they wake up around lunchtime. … [Read more...] about What To Do With The Kids?