Black Talk at Winda Film Festival

Big ups to Winda’s Artistic Director Pauline Clague for facilitating such an invigorating and engaging panel over the weekend at the Winda Film Festival. The discussion, centred on  indigenous film festivals within the wider film industry, took us on an adventure from behind the camera to game changing communication that indigenous peoples around the world…

Winda Film Festival celebration

Last night on behalf of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, I had the absolute privilege to attend the inaugural opening of the Winda Film Festival down at Circular Quay at the Dendy in Sydney. Thanks Leo Koziol, what a special night and what a great night for it was for all indigenous film makers.  …

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLE

While Adam Giles, the new Corrections Minister in Northern Territory, announces the building of a new prison, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda discusses $700 million in savings that can be made as a result of implementing community based correctional measures

2016 Australian government confirmed

Now that the Coalition can govern albeit with a miniscule house majority, heres my take on Australias’ recent federal elections and how it affects ordinary Australians. Labor did see a glimmer of hope but there just wasn’t enough convincing evidence for a change in Australian politics. It’s a real shame for Labor the Howard government…

Awaken the silent majority

Who is the silent majority? You know the ones, the 80% of us who can make change. Yet we leave it to “others” and don’t get involved. This is the most disastrous aspect. It can be called apathy, lack of concern or just laziness. Maybe it’s diffidence. Whichever way you look at it, the majority…

Enough is enough

The path to progress seemed imminent. Representatives from Te Matatini had agreed to meet, a place and timeframe had been set to sort out the details and then boom nothing. Te Matatini fell silent.  They failed to come good on their promise. My elation was followed by disappointment and regret. This after years of sustained…

The Elephant In The Room

Picking up where I left off in my last post, talking as a parent; I must stop my kids from being involved in kapa haka, that is, until the obvious failings are removed. Using the analogy of the swimming pool, I think we all want to clear the way for our kids so they can…

A parents responsibility

As a parent I do my very my best to steer my kids into areas and activities where they will be safe, grow, have fun and learn. Swimming in a new place, I’ll go in front, keep my eyes on them and stay close to them so that they feel comfortable. I know where all…

What does NKTT & kapa haka mean to Maori in Australia?

  What this means is that a question has been asked as to the validity and popularity of NKTT as the entity to operate kapa haka in Australia. The replies, conversations, phone calls and emails have overwhelmingly shown that this organization has been found wanting. That there are serious concerns in Maori community around Australia…

Miranda in wonderland – in response to Daily Terrorgraph article April 12

Privilege seems to have brainwashed Miranda Devine into thinking that New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has done a fantastic job, single-handedly founded the countries success bringing economic gains and the kiwi dollar into parity with the ozzie. Suggesting that Tony Abbott should follow JK’s lead is an even greater testament to this fanciful notion…

KAPA HAKA IN AUSTRALIA NEEDS HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND HEALING

  Since posting the Blog “State of Kapa Haka in Poihakena and Australia” two weeks ago, a good deal of advice, support and ridicule has been received via different channels. Bringing the conversation into the public realm is positive as opposed to sweeping the issue under the carpet as has been the case over the…