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…

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…

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…