Empowering Indigenous Economic Development and Entrepreneurship : 107 Project, 107 Redfern Street. Naidoc Week. Matthew Tukaki from Entrehub introduced the panel Te Ururoa Flavell from Maori Party, Professor John Hewson, Noreen Young from PWC Indigenous Business and Laura Berry from Supply Nation. The panel members were gracious with their time and open with their commitment to improving the Indigenous nation through economic initiatives. The conversation was deep, meaningful and needs to continue for it to move forward and be of value.
My wife and I were at the Sydney Premier for The Dead Lands last night at Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park. My take on the film was not directly connected to the film but how the film affected the audience as a result of seeing it.
Immediately following the film I was acutely aware of the yearning by many Maori to learn more about their culture, their language and customs. So in this sense the movie had an overwhelmingly positive effect upon the viewer regardless of the blood and violence. We found ourselves walking away speaking Maori to everyone and anyone that we bumped into.
The other prevalent theme that was honour which, reoccurred throughout the movie even in the battle scenes. Honour was at the heart of the actions of the boy and honour drove the two other main characters. It’s not by chance that Maori are asking the government to honour the treaty. Even though the theme is portrayed in a Hollywood type movie it is an aspect that is a central theme to the lives of Maori ancestry.
The Moonlight Cinema is a fantastic location and although Telstra, with whom I have constant battles over poor service, were advertised all over the screen, it was not enough to distract from the balmy night sky and excitement of watching the premier of a New Zealand film under the stars.
Of course there are always things that one cannot help but see that are negative and the one thing that really got to me was the people bringing their mobile phones out and obviously recording the film. Once again (and unfortunately) these folk were of the Polynesian persuasion and I suspect - Maori – the very people who should be protecting and supporting these taonga. Because taonga this film is.
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 have only half the invited guests for a preview - (it was FREE) show up. The films get rave reviews overseas but here in Australia some people are still willing to get a pirated copy watch it and boast to their friends about it. It's bloody theft and it's a low act especially when it's our own taonga - it means we're taking from ourselves. The Dead Lands is trying to stop this by having groups book sessions for themselves.
Interesting was one of the conversations talking about Waitangi Fest where men were sneaking around past the gates to avoid paying a gold coin donation to enter the festival. This sort of behaviour is embarrassing and really needs to be thrown out, it's time to grow up and take responsibility for our own treasures and treat them with the respect they deserve - otherwise give them away. Put up or shut up I say - but that's just my opinion and we're each entitled to our own.
Thank you to everyone that came out to our booth at Merrylands Waitangi Fest - it was a real blast. There are too many stories to record here but we had a student doing mortuary studies wanting to be mentored by our funeral director Kenny Joyce from Koha Funerals, an accountant from the Shire who was interested in supporting Kiwi coming to Australia and Mr. Hangipants was a constant source of amusement reading the name.
The second in our Business Breakfast Seminar Series was another AWESOME EVENT. Our speakers conversations were fantastic, interesting and informative. A very special thanks to Aunty Margaret, someone that everyone needs to hear from, she has so much to offer; articulate, authoritative and powerful. Each speaker had their own particular list of qualities to add to our special event. Thanks to everyone that enhanced our beautiful day.
The Maori Business Network Breakfast Seminar is proud to announce that Aunty Margret Campbell will be presenting this Saturday the 22nd of November
Margret Campbell is known and accepted as being a Dunghutti & Djerrinja woman whose families relocated to EORA Country(Sydney) in 1958. Margret’s contributions in building the modern EORA capacity over the past 50years is an immeasurable asset. In 1978 she was a founding member of the most notable community based education service – the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group holding the committee position of Vice President 1980-85. Margret’s positive can do attitude and skill capability is grounded in a willingness to share her cultural knowledge. In 2014, Margret is a successful business owner managing DreamTime Southern X growing jobs in cultural tourism and downunder heritage. She is also a current Board Member of the Wyanga Aboriginal Aged Care Programs in Redfern - Cadigal Country.
Adam Saunders Actor, musician and entrepreneur, among other things will be attending our breakfast seminar Saturday 22 November
Dark Horse to me was a film about hope.
All the way through this realistic view of Maori society (although as Once We Warriors told us, this could be any society - it's just that Maori were brave enough to reveal this really ugly side) the acting successfully delivered tension, sadness and hope from the screen to every seat in the house. Although some missed some of the humour everyone was slapped in the face with the hopelessness of a father whose only hope of saving a son is to have him "patched" or affiliated to a gang to be raised and protected in a pseudo family setting.
The helplessness and hopelessness spurned my thoughts of how New Zealanders are not helping New Zealand and of course the marginalized as is the trend, feel the detrimental effects more harshly. Chair of Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi Sonny Tau pleads for the government not to undertake anymore studies to tell us what we already know". That child poverty exists in areas of New Zealand has been known for some time.
'Who controls the past control the future : who controls the present controls the past" this was researcher, business owner, writer and mum extraordinaire Maarama Kamiras' facebook status recently which personifies the hopeless sentiment that New Zealand and Australia are living through. Both governments (the recent picture of Abbott and Key aka average white male clones - just made me gag) are perpetuating this ethos that marginalized stay marginalized.
Dark Horse is real. The parties, the gangs, the poverty. This can change but only if New Zealanders and Australians want (really want) change. Human spirit is real too, the way in which Dark Horse starred down Mutt how and showed passion and compassion to rise above the filth and in the morning see warm and bright welcoming lights of a new horizon.
Dark Horse was a film about human spirit and I was glad that i took the time from work, study (I've got a civil practice exam in a couple of hours) and kids (Dad was over to look after the little people) to enjoy it, because it was a story that was real. There are expletives involved and violence but that's what made it real and I think the story and acting are powerful and it's a story that everyone can enjoy.
Hohepa and Melinda from Kotahi Tours have certainly got their rocket boosters on. One minute their attending to an event in the hometown on the Southern Coast of New South Wales then they're conducting tours at the Rocks but you will be able to catch up with them at the Rua Rau Festival this coming October out in Parramatta.
Thursday 28 August 2014, 9:21am
Future Maori film-makers shine – Aotearoa Maori Film Festival Sydney and Brisbane 2014
This year’s Aotearoa Maori film festival screened last weekend in Sydney and showcased a new film workshop for tamariki (children). Although, only in its second year the festival has a unique market and heads to Brisbane 5, 6 September.
New Zealand organiser of the film festival Brent Reihana says, “We’re show-casing our Maori talent in film-making and also growing the potential talent of our tamariki through these creative film workshops.”
Enthusiastic youth participated in the 1-day workshop and learned more about Tikanga Maori and how it weaves in to making films. Participants were also taught skills in how to develop a creative concept, and how to tell a Maori story through whakatauaki (Maori proverb) plus hands on activities including how to use a digital app. Audience members had the honour of seeing the finished work on screen as part of the film festival.
Mr Reihana says, “Our aim is to build an audience for Maori films in three locations – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. To achieve this ambitious goal Brent and his film festival team need bums on seats. He admits, “Our priority is to sell tickets and make enough money to sustain the festival.”
TemaKwan Fenton an experienced Maori film-maker now based in Sydney inspires the tamariki
film-makers of tomorrow by sharing her knowledge. She says, “The workshop builds confidence and the kids are really inspired to unleash their creative potential.” Qualified teachers also helped to design and teach the programme.
The festival mainly screens short films both traditional and contemporary including Te Reo Maori across all genres. In the future Mr Reihana hopes to include documentaries and feature films to offer a broader range of films to an audience.
The 2014 Aotearoa Maori film festival saw the international debut of New Zealand’s first 3D Maori animated short film THE RANGIMOEKAUS and also the Cannes festival film Home by Api Ipo and Butterfly directed by Renae Maihi – this film depicts the sensitive subject of unwanted teen pregnancy and it is told in a haunting way through poi that is also quite tragically beautiful.
Mr Reihana, a businessman and management consultant at Mantra Solutions in Sydney says one of the biggest challenges is funding the festival.
“We’d love some support from Maori and Kiwis living in New Zealand – you can purchase a ticket to the Brisbane screening or make a donation by visiting our website.”
The festival has support from the esteemed Wairoa Maori Film Festival in New Zealand and opportunities to grow through community partnerships and sponsorship. Building relationships with local ethnic communities and lovers of indigenous films will attract interest in the film festival.
The festival also passes down knowledge to the next generations of Maori - Ka put e ruha, ka te rangatahi - As an old net withers another is remade. When an elder is no longer fit to lead, a healthier leader will stand in his place.
The Aotearoa Maori Film Festival heads to Brisbane 5, 6 September. To support the festival contact Brent Reihana or visit www.aotearoamaorifilmfestival.com
For all media enquiries contact Brent Reihana (Australia +61 417 686 141)
Helena Bethune (New Zealand +61 021 176 1495)
We have just confirmed that this year we will be taking the festival up to Brisbane, Logan. The dates that we have are the 5th and 6th of September go to our website for more details to be uploaded shortly.
Kia ora tatou,
A warm and heartfelt "thank you" to everyone that supported and came along to our Matariki Breafast. O'Gradys' catering were fantastic in looking after our kai and as usual everyone was well looked after.
It would have been difficult to tell participants that they would be giving up their (early) Saturday morning to listen to a talk about insurance (and still expect them to come or at least be enthusiastic about coming along) - so we didn't tell them BUT watching and listening to Adrian Johns from Coverforce talk about what he does and why, was pretty cool. Adrian educated us about what insurance is, what it covers and why you have it - it sounds simple...and it is but we need to hear it and understand it for it to make sense so that we're comfortable with it. Adrians presentation was honest (he called insurance the industry of doom & gloom) and it was to the point and when questions were thrown at him he didn't become a politician and delay, deny or defuse the question. It was clearly laid out that; what you do, where you do it and who you do it with are the issues that insurance people focus on when drawing up and costing cover plans. i think we all learned a bit and now have someone that we can talk to about insurance.
Devlin Tikitiki talked about his life and work experiences (and wow!!@! who can do all of that?). How many different countries and roles can one person be involved in during one lifetime?? His involvement in the Maori community spans locations and roles within a range of organizations that deliver real and meaningful value to adults and children in the Maori community. Teaching and hospitality are industries that Devlin draws his experiences from and as he teaches my kids at kohanga hopefully this will infuse itself into their little beings. With the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival he is delivering film skills (alongside Tema and others) to our tamariki so that they can become skilled at shooting and editing a short clip for the internet. Devlin announced that the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival will be taken up to Logan, Brisbane for Friday the 5th and 6th of September 2014.
Last but not least was Mathew Tukutaki from Entrehub, Mathew had only just made it out of hospital to come and share his experiences with us. As and advocate and endorser of disruption, he knows that disruption brings calm. Statistical data would then follow that if there's more disruption and that if calm naturally follows disruption then the more disruption the more calm we have in our lives. Mathew spoke about the disruptive emphasis that he encouraged businesses to involve themselves in in order to bring about positive change. The learnings that are relevant today were absolute gems for our breakfast party to take in especially if they caused him to get to the top of organizations and turn them around. What Mathew is involving himself in now with entrehub only just kept everyone from falling off the edge of their seats. To know that we can leverage ourselves off entrehub is an absolute gift.
Kotahi Tours donated two Sydney walking tours as one of the door prizes and after breakfast I overheard both winners locking in times that they could both go on the tour. After taking the tour my view is that every Maori living in Sydney must take the tour given the whakapapa that they are now connects them to Poihakena.
Mana Sports donated an outfit (compression wear) that Irihapeti was already making arrangements to pick on that same day up from John Williams from Mana Sports. Possibly given Mathews very recent stay at the hospital it would be a good idea to think about purchasing some gear to go running in.
Aotearoa Maori Film Festival donated a free double pass to one of the screenings in Sydney. They were hoping that since Devlin had only just announced Logan they may consider going up to Brisbane to take us up on the offer.
I don't really want to go into the breakfast any further BUT if you want to know more, you should talk to one of the attendees today. If you weren't here today - you should have been. To all of those members that said they wanted to be here - i had a great time and honestly you should have been here. See you at the next event.
This is what Aussie bloke Rohan from Gosford had to say after taking the Poihakena Tour...
"Kotahi Tourism promises 'meaningful experiences' on their website, and the Poihakena Tour certainly provides that. The tour consists of a two hour guided walking tour of The Rocks, interwoven with stories of Maori in Sydney. These stories cover the period from 1793 to the present , but have a strong emphasis on the pre-1840 era. Even for those familiar with Sydney's Maori history, these stories are told with a passion that brings them to life. I would highly recommend the Poihakena Tour to both locals and visitors to Sydney who want to see a different side of the city and understand its past a little better. The walking part of the tour is not strenuous and would be suitable for most fitness levels, though being The Rocks there are a lot of stairs to navigate. I would definitely recommend this tour as a cost-effective way to see a wonderful part of Sydney, better understand Australia's complex history, and enjoy a meaningful tourist experience."
Visited July 2014