Kowhai and Poutama do their bit to help promote Aotearoa Maori Film Festival
The Aotearoa Maori Film Festival is on again in Sydney, on 22-23 August 2014. This year, we have expanded the program significantly from last year's one night of short films. The AMFF folks have built a snazzy website to bring you all of the info. You will be able to purchase tickets, read about the films and their makers, and stay tuned for program additions as they come to hand.
There is a Tamariki Workshop planned to show our young people how film makers write, plan, shoot and edit. The end result, a short film, will be screened at this year's event. The crew putting together this workshop includes short film maker Tema Kwan Fenton whose short film mockumentary "Biggest Bachelorette's Got Cooking Talent", taking a swipe at reality television, will screen at the festival. Fenton has worked in film and television on both sides of the Tasman.
As the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival is curated by Wairoa Film Festival's very own Leo Koziol, the success of this year's Wairoa means that next year there we will again have a huge range of quality films for Sydneysiders to look forward to. Leo Koziol, the director of Wairoa Film Festival event, will continue as the driving force behind bringing the films to Australian viewers, so our audiences here are in great hands.
Go to their website www.aotearoamaorifilmfestival.com for more details
After attending the opening of the business Kotahi Tourism by Hohepa Ruhe and the beautiful Melinda Loe. Being fascinated by the stories that were told that evening I was hooked enough to be the very first person to book on the tour. This morning was it, and so I dragged my family out to the elements to go and listen to stories of Maori in Sydney from first recorded visit in the 1700's. It was a blustery day, but since the weather forecast had promised it was going to be so we rugged up well.
The tour party was small enough (12 adults, 3 kids and 1 dog) that we could all hear Hohepa and Melinda spin their yarns, whilst meandering around the Rocks at a comfortable pace. The tour started at the Museum of Contemporary Arts and it was clear from the beginning that not only had there been a lot of research behind the scenes beforehand, but the story telling had been honed to an art.
The tour was an easy walk, weaving its way around the Rocks and ending up at Observatory Hill with a traditional waiata sung by our official tour guide Hohepa at the end. The history of Maori in Australia some two hundred years ago as respected traders was revealed. Stories of tikanga, tangihanga and te reo being used commonly in Rocks painted a picture of Maori being integral in the landscape of early Sydney.
Thanks to Melinda who was keeping the tour on track, making sure that we were all safe, timing was just right and that nothing was missed. The tour was a well balanced story of information, intrigue and entertainment. The tour party were fantastic and I'd personally like to thank the dog for entertaining our tamariki. The little ones kicked a bit of a fuss as their legs started to get tired, but the tour party weren't at all put off; followed by Mel and Hohepa's example, soon enough the whole party were helping them up stairs, carrying scooters, and generally jollying them along. The very sweet dog lady pitched in and probably saved the day by letting our tamariki walk and pat the dog.
Passion oozed from Hohepa as he told each story and noted each artifact or area where Maori had been involved at the Rocks. This was but one of the captivating things that would bring me back to take this tour again. There are more stories and I can't wait to hear them all.
Last night Tuesday April 15th, it was 221 years to the day since Tuki Tahua and Ngahuruhuru sailed into Port Jackson (Poihakena), how appropriate it was then for Melinda Loe and Hohepa Ruhe to launch Poihakena Tours at the Rocks to share the history of Maori in Sydney from that time.
The smoking ceremony from Uncle Max Euilo, warm welcome to country from Uncle Alan Madden, karakia from Laurie Sarich and waiata from our very own Te Raranga Whanui set the respectful tone for the evenings celebrations.
The research behind the tour comes from Jo Kamira; respected author, lecturer, business owner, noted also for being the first female Maori Police officer in Australia and research that Hohepa and Melinda have uncovered from their vast experience in tourism, indigenous involvement and museums on both sides of the Tasman.
Did you know that many of the Sydney store owners were fully conversant in te reo in order to trade with the many Maori traders that were entering Sydney? During the launch Hohepa shared a glimpse of the stories, I’m absolutely intrigued and have already booked my family for the first Sydney tour.
Kia ora mo tena Melinda me Hohepa. Ka kite ano
CFMEU Office in Lidcombe Sydney 11 March 6:00pm. NSWMRL committee and players met with major sponsor Lou Zivanovic to discuss fundraising for the trip to Aotearoa in October to compete at the New Zealand Maori Rugby League Tournament in Manurewa.
Nanaia Mahuta, MP for Hauraki-Waikato, front bench MP and a former Minister in the last Labour government has accepted the invitation on behalf of New Zealand Labour Party Party Party and will be speaking at the community forum on Friday the 14th of March at 587 Elizabeth Street Redfern at 6:00pm.
2014 is Election year in New Zealand .
Te Ururoa Flavell from Māori Party, Erina Anderson from www.iwinaus.org and a representative from Oz Kiwi will be at Te Wairua Tapu on Friday March 14 at 6:00 to discuss their policies, views, and how they affect Maori and New Zealanders living on both sides of the Tasman.
This is a public forum and all are welcome to attend. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and speak directly with presenters and representatives of parties.
Iwi n Aus and Oz Kiwi have been campaigning for rights for hardworking, taxpaying Kiwi workers. New Zealanders living in Australia are disadvantaged by past legislative changes with more being considered, while Prime Ministers John Key and Tony Abbott distance themselves from any discussion surrounding positive legislation changes for Australian based Kiwi.
Mana Party, New Zealand Labour Party and New Zealand Expats Party have been invited to attend however have yet to confirm or decline.
If you've been to New Zealand in the last three years you may be eligible to vote. Make your vote count. Forms will be available for those who wish to register to vote in the upcoming New Zealand elections.
Teowai Ratahi from New South Wales Maori Wardens https://www.facebook.com/nswmaoriwardens will be introducing the speakers and moderator for the evening. Teowai is passionate about promoting the rights of New Zealanders living in Australia.
Participants will be asked to make a koha of a plate and/or monetary donation to cover the costs of this meeting.
Meeting coordinated by Maori Business Network contact: 02 9519 8755
Whanau, we are thrilled to announce Maori Business Bootcamp 2014.
Are you thinking about starting a business? Do you already own a business, and now you're ready to grow? Then this Maori Business seminar series is for you.
What is special about Maori business? We believe in our kawa and tikanga we hold ancient knowledge about the Universe, how it works and fits together. Yet, how does this knowledge apply in today's world of hard-nosed business?
This incredible seminar series is practical and hands on. Sessions and workshops are led by qualified trainers and experienced entrepreneurs. We will guide you through all aspects of managing a small business, always grounded in tikanga. We will walk together nutting out ideas and implementation, feasibility studies and financials, plans and paperwork, all the way to launching and running your business. Step by step. Open to everyone, we approach business from the uniquely Maori perspective, always acknowledging and respecting our connection to the universe and each other.
Tihei mauri ora!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire or register your interest.
Post a pic of your favourite tattoo on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MaoriNetwork, the three pics with the most likes on February the 28th win a double pass to the expo. Karam Hood from Moana Moko, Ged Makhla and other artists from New Zealand will be showing their art.
What does Waitangi Day mean to me? Well, to be perfectly honest, it's a sham.
Not for the controversy mongers in the media, and not for the small group of radical Maori protestors that people somehow think is representative of every Maori in New Zealand.
It's a sham because it means nothing to a vast majority of Pakeha New Zealanders.
I watched the film 12 Years a Slave recently, and it filled me with all the same emotions I assume most people feel when they watch it and other movies that address the racial prejudice tainting the history of America - disgust, disbelief, sadness.
Discussion always yields the same lines: 'It was such a dark period of history', 'it was so unfair, the way they were treated', etc.
The same comments are made about the Holocaust, the deforestation of the Amazon and the subsequent displacement of the native people.
But mention the Treaty of Waitangi and what reaction do we get? 'I'm sick of all the moaning', 'another day for the 'Mowries' to be in the political spotlight, can't they just get over it?'
Google the Tohunga Suppresion Act 1907, which made being a Tohunga (spiritual, health, and educational leaders of a tribe) punishable by imprisonment.
Or how about the Native Schools Act 1867, which introduced schools where Maori children were only allowed to speak English.
Put yourself in the shoes of my grandfather, who was given an English name in place of the Maori name his mother gave him, and who, to this day, is known by that false name.
If the thought of having your home and language forcibly taken from you still doesn't seem like that big of a deal, imagine being stripped of the right to be called by your own name.
To say Maori never experienced anything worth all of the moaning is wrong and offensive.
I am overwhelmed by the audacity that New Zealanders have to call themselves 'clean and green' and '100 per cent pure New Zealand', or to proclaim how dedicated our country is to conservation of our trees, ocean, and wildlife.
What about a culture? A language? An entire race of people?
Take a clear, unbiased look back at our history and see that the Maori race, the native people of Aotearoa, were almost systematically assimilated by the British, to the point of near-extinction.
If not in blood, then most definitely in language and culture. And yet, New Zealanders seem to value more the existence of an endangered bird or two.
People are slowly becoming aware of our country's history. Gradually, snippets of it have snuck into our education system, and the rise of strong, educated, and opinionated Maori are contributing to it.
People are waking up and realising that our history is bloody, violent, and full of injustice. Injustice that is only now - to some degree - being addressed.
And many New Zealanders hate it. They hate to admit the fact that our history is as ugly and full of oppression as that of America and Australia.
And they hate most of all the fact that they can be connected in any way to the settlers that were responsible. And so they get defensive.
They don't like their fantasy of perfect little New Zealand being shattered. Especially when, on some unfortunate occasions, based purely on skin-colour, they are discriminated against. Especially when, sometimes, they feel displaced in their own country. Horrible, isn't it?
But here's the thing, accepting our history for what it is makes us in no way responsible for it. We are not our ancestors, nor are we guilty of their crimes, so what reason is there to get so defensive about it?
What harm will come to you if you simply acknowledge the fact that some horrible things happened in our past that need to be addressed?
It seems so simple to me - I identify primarily as Maori but do not dispute that I have a British ancestor who was probably responsible for some terrible things.
But that does not make me the same as him. I am who I choose to be and I choose to accept the fact that Maori were oppressed by British settlers.
I choose to believe that Maori need the time to grieve and share their experiences, and that Pakeha need to accept and understand.
I choose to believe that, only once we all, as a nation, accept our past has happened and cannot be changed but that our future is still very much unwritten, that we can become what the signatories of Te Tiriti envisioned us being: at peace.
This is what Waitangi Day really means to me. It is a time to address the history of New Zealand in a positive way, to remember the past but look to the future.
The notion that a newly created NZ Day would be a concerted celebration of what unites us, and somehow impervious to protest, is fanciful. Photo / Dean Purcell
9:30 AM Friday Feb 7, 2014
Around rolls another February, another Waitangi Day, and with it the predictable outbursts from a small but vocal minority, a self-important, rabble-rousing, racket-making bunch, who so disappointingly let their own kind down by drowning out what should be a time of national reflection.
I refer, of course, to the posse of cantankerous media commentators denouncing the Waitangi commemorations, the protests, the rows. Every year comes the righteous lament that we are being denied a day to mark "what unites us, not what divides us", in the words of one talkback radio host. Waitangi Day, bewailed another, is "too much about history, too much about race". And, like clockwork, the answer is this: give us our New Zealand Day. You know, like the Australians.
This chorus of (mostly) middle-aged white male grumps are unfailingly served fresh evidence for their stand by the headline news. This year, the Governor-General was involved in a "scuffle", or was it a "jostle"? Turns out it was nothing much at all, a few shouted words, and Sir Jerry Mateparae didn't even notice them.
On Wednesday, to the relief of the assembled newshounds, someone tipped a few fish in the Prime Minister's path, apparently in protest at deep-sea drilling. It was a "fiery and fishy reception" for John Key, went the top of the One News 6 o'clock bulletin.
But in truth - as, to be fair, both One and 3 News went on to note - it was all a fairly tame affair. A few hollers, a scattering of pilchard: the combined impact was decidedly less hazardous than a five-minute evening stroll down Queen St. By yesterday, many news outlets were conceding that the big story this year was not, after all, unrest, but the historic invitation to women, including Metiria Turei and Annette Sykes, to speak on the paepae at Te Tii Marae.
But expect none of that to deflate the puffed chests and cheeks of those who would see Waitangi Day renamed as, or replaced in status by, a sparkly, new and practically-perfect-in-every-way New Zealand Day.
They will have been delighted by a report, typical of the form, earlier this week on TV3. It asserted that "many New Zealanders are calling for a new kind of celebrating, one placing national pride above protests and politics". The only person quoted in the item making such a call was former Labour leader and political fishmonger David Shearer, but never mind that. Unlike New Zealand's "day of political point scoring and protests", we were told, "across the Tasman Australia Day is a celebration of what it means to be an Aussie ... seen as a diverse and inclusive event".
There is no mention in the report of the vast numbers of Aboriginal Australians for whom Australia Day is anything but a "diverse and inclusive event". For them, the day, held on the anniversary of the first raising of the British flag in the new colony of New South Wales in 1788, is instead known as Invasion Day, or Survival Day. For them, January 26 is indeed a day of protest. In the words of Aboriginal leader and former Australian of the Year Mick Dodson, it is "a day of mourning ... the day on which our world came crashing down".
Four years ago, the Australia Day riots in Manly simmered with racial tension in the name of "Aussie pride". The ugly side of Australia Day can also be measured in the assault figures. According to Victoria's deputy police commissioner Tim Cartwright, "Australia Day is the most violent of our public holidays by a long shot".
But even if you overlook the disharmony drowned out by celebratory fireworks, the patriotic bombast of Australia Day is an ill fit for New Zealand. Here, we are healthily suspicious of such feverish flag-waving and chest-thumping, of a parochialism that so often threatens to spill over into jingoism and xenophobia.
And the notion that this newly created New Zealand Day would be a concerted celebration of what unites us, the nation linking arms in Kumbayah, and somehow impervious to protest, is fanciful. How to stop the dissenters? Spot-fines? In any case, isn't nonviolent protest itself something to celebrate in a mature democracy?
Nor are our shining lights hidden beneath a bushell. The pages of this newspaper, for example, teem with pride and approbation at our compatriots' achievements in the world. We don't need a new day to toast ourselves - there are 365 of them already. We may not go in for the screech of Aussie-Aussie-Aussie-oi-oi-oi, but, come on, is that really a sign of weakness on our part? The national tendency to humility suits us - even if we might sometimes strain that humility by quietly bragging about it.
Waitangi Day delivers a sometimes uncomfortable, often controversial moment to consider the way modern New Zealand came about, for better or worse. Around the country yesterday there were marae dawn services, powhiri, picnics, concerts, fairs, citizenship ceremonies. And debate. And protests. Of course it isn't sung in perfect harmony, because that would be a nonsense. Celebrate it, don't celebrate it, embrace it or ignore it, but for god's sake don't try to replace a day that reflects something real with a fresh myth of national chauvinism.
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The recent visit from Atarangi Muru and Bill Mundy was successful in bringing traditional healing methods to Australia and engaging a wider audience to the ancient practices of our tipuna. The workshop ran from Friday night until Sunday afternoon with healing sessions open to the public on Friday and Monday.
One recipient of the body work said she "... walked away feeling 3 feet taller". All of the visitors to the healers commented on the serenity and calmness of their presence.
Ata and Bill travel the world sharing their knowledge and experiences and have plans to expand this unique gift that they have been entrusted with. Already there has been discussion surrounding similar locally organized events.
He won Australian idol, won the hearts of Australians and New Zealanders then returned home to make a film alongside some of the legends of Kiwi music
Kia Ora! We are proud to announce the FILM PROGRAMME at the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival:
A selection of Maori films curated by Leo Koziol of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, representing the pinnacle of Maori storytelling by Maori film makers in Aotearoa today.Read More
Presented by the Sydney Maori Business Network & Wairoa Maori Film Festival Inc.Read More
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