Thursday, July 05, 2007

Atamira Maori in the City

If you are out & about over the weekend call into the ASB Showgrounds in Greenland.

An exciting event for the first time, featuring:
Corporate, business, art, hokohoko community market and kai stalls
Kete Aronui Gallery of visual arts, media, film and ta moko
Live demonstrations of whakairo, stone carving, metal arts
Two days of LIVE traditional and contemporary musical performances
A family-friendly showcase and celebration of Māori Arts and Culture
The best of Maori food, film, fashion, music, art, culture and design, all occurring at one venue - The ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane. Entry - Free.

Maori in the City - Programme

Saturday July 7th 2007
10.00 a.m.MAORI IN THE CITY Trade Hall & Food Hall Opens
10.00 a.m. KETE ARONUI Gallery Opens
10.00 a.m. ATAMIRA Live Music Stage Commences
4.00 p.m. Trade Show & Art Gallery Closes
4.00 p.m. Music Stage Concludes

Sunday July 8th 2007
10.00 a.m.MAORI IN THE CITY Trade Hall & Food Hall Opens
10.00 a.m. KETE ARONUI Gallery Opens
10.00 a.m. ATAMIRA Live Music Stage Commences
4.00 p.m. Trade Show & Art Gallery Closes
4.00 p.m. Music Stage Concludes

Saturday 7th July 2007

ATAMIRA Live Performance Stage
Main Auditorium - Logan Campbell CentreFREE ENTRY, performance schedule:
10.00 a.m.: Kapa Haka – Auckland Girls Grammar School – 20min
10.30 a.m.: Northern Advocate – 20min
11.00 a.m.: ILL Semanrtics – 20min
11.25 a.m.: Kuupenga Kohanga – 15min
11.50 a.m.: Whirimako Black – 20min
12.25 p.m.: Billy TK Jnr – 40min
1.15 p.m.: Urban Beat – 20min
1.45 p.m.: Nat Rose – 20min
2.20 p.m.: Ruia – 30min
3.00 p.m.: Kapa Haka - Manaia – 25min

Sunday 8th July 2007
ATAMIRA Live Performance Stage
Main Auditorium - Logan Campbell CentreFREE ENTRY, performance schedule:
10.00 a.m.: Kapa Haka – Auckland Girls Grammar School – 20min
10.30 a.m.: Zero T – 20min
11.00 a.m.: Nesian Mystic– 30min
11.40 a.m.: DZIAH – 20min
12.10 p.m.: Che Fu – 60min
1.20 p.m.: Ask Your Aunty (Panel TBA) – 20min
1.50 p.m.: Kapa Haka - Piripono – 25min
2.25 p.m.: B Hill – 20min
3.00 p.m.: 1814 – 30min

Maori Television In NZ

Will The Flag Fly In 2008

We may be one country, but it seems we are not together as one people. Generally, Transit NZ (who are responsible for our roads, bridges, etc including the Auckland harbour bridge) considers requests from nations wanting to commemorate their country's national day, by flying their countrys flag alongside the NZ flag on the middle span of the harbour bridge. So a Maori soverignty group, Ata Tino Toa sought permission to fly the Maori independence flag from the harbour bridge on Waitangi Day, 6th February this year. Transit NZ denied the request because in their words, the flag did not represent a country. A few days later, they flew the flag of the European Union on their national day, which does not represent a country either. It seems Transit's present criteria allows for any flag to be flown that is recognised by the NZ government and the United Nations. So what they are trying to say ? That the NZ government does not recognise the Maori flag ? That is the way it seems, so we can only wait for February 6th, 2008 to see if Transit NZ will allow the Maori flag to be flown on that day, but don't hold your breath. No doubt they will change the policy by then and only allow one flag to flutter in the wind from the middle span of the bridge - the NZ flag.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

It Doesn't Smell That Bad - Does it ???

The other day, when I was walking to a friends place, I caught a whiff of a smell which sent me back many moons ago. I smelt it even before I was anywhere near the friends house but I knew the smell had to becoming from his place and it was. I stood at the gate for a couple of minutes and just took it all in. He had just returned from up north and there he was in the kitchen, cooking away on the stove with all the windows in the house open. He was cooking porridge even though it was late afternoon, but it wasn't real porridge in the true sense of the word that one normally cooks in the morning for breakfast. It was maori porridge, which as I said sent me back many moons ago as I remember cooking it in the house with all the windows closed. For maori porridge, all you need are a few cobs of corn, an old hessian sugar sack and a creek with running water. Put the cobs in the sack with a couple of rocks to weigh it down so it stays under the water, tie off the end, put it in the creek and forget about it for 2 to 3 weeks. By which time, the corn is rotten. Scrap the corn off the cobs into a pot, cook it up and there you have it - maori porridge. Don't forget the cream & sugar. Where does the need for all the windows of the house to be open when you cook maori porridge ? Try cooking it with all the windows closed and you'll get the picture or a boot up the bum like I did. I must of had a cold that day I was cooking it, because I couldn't smell anything. (hehe) Believe me, once you have smelt it cooking, it's a smell you don't forget.

Vaka Moana

The story begins 4000 years ago - 3500 years before European explorers ever thought to head south.
Our Pacific ancestors launched their ocean-going crafts in the world's largest ocean. It's one of the world's greatest stories that has been recreated at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the Domain. It open on December 9th in the museum's newly created exhibition dome. After 3 months in Auckland, the exhibition will travel to Japan; Taiwan; Australia and The Netherlands. Negotiations are also underway for it to continue on to France, USA and Canada. On display in the exhibition are almost 200 objects from the Auckland museum's extensive Pacific & Maori collections as well as from other NZ and international collections. These include full-size sailing canoe's; large scale replica's; navigation tools & instruments; paintings; engravings and charts. Maybe a once in a life time chance to see such a great exhibition under one roof or one dome.

Tohu Wines

Nga hua a te whenua - Our Gift From The Land. Tohu Wines is a stunning example of an indigenous New Zealand winery that is now firmly established as a quality wine label. Tohu's vineyards are situated in Marlborough and Gisborne, two of New Zealand's premier wine growing regions. Tohu Wines is the first indigenous wine company producing wine for the domestic and export markets. True to Aotearoa's (New Zealand's) indigenous culture, Tohu Wines are superb examples of varietal excellence with a unique and distinct appeal. True to Maori culture, to Tikanga Maori, there is a strong spiritual aspect to everything grown by Maori on the land. This land is a gift, and we are truly blessed to be a part of this beautiful land.

Maori Festival

The vibrant Te Matatini National Festival is a Maori performing arts festival featuring a kapa hapa competition; contemporary maori dance; drama; poetry; storytelling; visual & fine arts and traditional art forms of oratory, carving, weaving and ta moko (tatoo) to be held at the Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North on February 22nd to the 25th.

The Maori Flag ?

All week, some maori's have been complaining that Transit NZ will not allow them to fly the maori flag from the top of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. They say that maori's as a nation should be able to find the flag as flags of other countries are flown on their national day. That's news to me - I didn't know that we, maori's were a separate nation of NZ and that we even had a flag. So much for been "one country". Only after been denied the opportunity to fly the flag from the bridge, which they now say has no wairua or value to the maori anyway and thus was an inappropriate site for the maori flag, they have now decided to fly the flag from No Tree Hill. It was One Tree Hill, until someone tried cutting down the lone pine tree that was there. They didn't get to cut it right down, but later on it was cut right down. What's the point of flying the flag from there ? If they want to fly the maori flag, why not fly it at Bastion Point ? As for the harbour bridge, there would of been a lot of maori's that worked on helping to build it.

The Maori King Not Attending

So much for the maori King - who has been accused of snubbing the countries largest iwi, Ngapuhi, after declining an invitation to attend the Waitangi Day commemorations at Waitangi at Te Tii marae at 4pm on Monday. You would of thought with him, been the highest maori in NZ and in his first year of rein, he would attend. He can travel to Dargaville to open a dining room on Sunday but can't or won't attend Waitangi on Monday/Tuesday. Oh well, more food for the rest of the maori's and their visitors. One of whom is Mr Key, the National Party Leader but I don't think they will give him the key to the door, just yet. He will visit the marae in the late afternoon and then attend a dawn service on Tuesday at 5am.

Have a look at the previous post for details & websites about Waitangi Day.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Time Again To Head North

It's that time of the year again to head north for Waitangi Day on February 6th. I can't for the life of me - getting old(er) - remember the last time I stepped on to the soil at Waitangi. Some friends are going north but it all depends on the hour that the celebrations finish as it is work as usual on the 7th.

Waitangi Day

Conflict in the early 1800's between European settlers & Maori people arose because of the exploitation of land by some colonists. In 1839, the British Government sent Captain William Hobson (who is burried in the Symonds St Cemetery, which I mentioned in Morbid & Murder) to NZ to secure British sovereignty. In order to do this, Captain Hobson drafted the Treaty of Waitangi with advice from his secretary James Freeman & James Busby who had lived in NZ since 1833 as the British resident. Missionary Henry Williams, then translated the Treaty into Maori. On February, 6th 1840, at Waitangi, the Treaty was signed by 40 Maori chiefs, before travelling to other parts of the country. Copies were made and more than 500 Maori chiefs signed them.

The Treaty Of Waitangi

This website provides a concise account of the Treaty of Waitangi and the events surrounding it. Many historians and specialists have contributed to the material on this site to ensure it is as accurate and balanced as possible. Their contribution is gratefully acknowledged.

King To Open Whare Kai

The Maori King , Tuheitia will open the new whare kai (dining room) at the Oturei Marae in Dargaville on Feb 4th. He is then expected to attend the Waitangi Day celebrations at Waitangi on February 6th. It will be the King's first visit to Oturei. A wero (challenge) will take place around 11am and the King will unveil a plaque naming the whare kai. It has been callled Atarangi Te Reo Aroha O Te Whanau. Atarangi Te Tuhi is the name of a respected kuia , wife of a local Maori Methodist minister, while Te Reo Aroha O Te Whanau loosely translates as looking after manuhiri (visitors) by the people of Oturei Marae.

North Will Get Their Own Fulltime Coroner

A fulltime coroner to be appointed for the North should be filled by someone familiar with Nortland maori and the significance of tangihanga. The coroner who will be Whangarei based will also hold hearings and inquests in other smaller Northland towns. This appointment will be valued particular by the Maori community given the importance of the coroner in relation to tangihanga - death related procedure and protocol. In some parts of Northland, especially in the far North, maori make up 75% of the population.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Protecting Marae From Fire An interesting article, worth sharing because of the great photos.

Orange & Watercress Salad
from Mana Kai

1 large bunch watercress; 1 large spanish red onion; 3 oranges.
Wash the watercress and pluck the leaves off the stalks. Slice the red onion into thin rings. Peel and slice the oranges. Combine them all lightly in salad bowl. Dress with orange vinaigrette just before serving.

I Love Watercress !!!

The joys of watercress, but this was a sight I never saw when we went picking watercress in drains on farms, etc. I must of been going to the wrong farms. (hehe)

Maori Potato, Bacon and Watercress Salad

You will now find Maori potatoes at most green grocers. 1kg Maori potatoes, Huakaroro variety; 6 rashers bacon; 4 spring onions; 3 oranges; 1 bunch watercress; 100g packet rocket. (if you can't get maori potatoes, use normal pototoes or kumara)
Scrub potatoes and cut in half. Cook in boiling, salted water for 15 minutes or until tender. Cook bacon in a frypan until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper. Cut bacon into even-size pieces. Wash spring onions and chop finely on the diagonal. Grate one tablespoon of rind from an orange and reserve for the dressing. Peel oranges, removing white pith, and cut into segments. Mix potatoes, bacon, spring onions and oranges together with watercress, rocket and dressing. Serves 4 Dressing 1 tablespoon orange rind 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard シ cup oil 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons orange juice 2 tablespoons wine vinegar 1 teaspoon iodised salt Freshly ground black pepper Mix orange rind, mustard, oil, honey, orange juice, vinegar, salt and pepper together.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006

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