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…

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…

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…