Kapa Haka in Australia

STATE OF KAPA HAKA IN POIHAKENA AND TE WHENUA MOEMOEA Along with thousands of others, attending Te Matatini was just not possible for us. However, experiencing the wairua of Te Matatini with a lump in throat and involuntary tears running unashamedly, I was moved and proud. I watched on my computer at work, on my…

Pedagogy

Recently when applying for a teaching position, I was asked to provide my teaching philosophy in one pager for an interview – an hour prior to the interview. It was a test and given a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Jim Bright titled : Mind your language, http://preview.tinyurl.com/mrsm4sf it was quite an interesting…

Caretakers of the traditional land

Sustainability Today we had the pleasure of taking our kids to a film, yes – kids and films are not mutually exclusive. The film was an initiative from the Inner Sydney Montessori School where one motto is “children living in harmony with the earth”. The school is in the inner west of Sydney and their…

Maori films …taonga or not

So we’ve been having conversations about Maori films being released in Australia and why they only play for a short time before going to DVD and why Maori don’t support the films as well as they could. It is sad to watch movies such as BOY, WHITE LIES and DARK HORSE come to Australia and…

Aromai

Maori organizations are crying out for a mature approach from management ranks to provide real value for stakeholders who include more than just the Maori community but the entire Australian community and the New Zealand community in New Zealand and Australia.