Saying goodbye to a person whom you have known all the years of your life is sad. Someone who, like me, commenced his schooling at our native primary school here in Waimarama. Hemi was one of the older school.
Whāngai is the Maori practice of adoption. It may be inter family, intra family intertribal or intra tribal. In some cases it may even be inter racial: there are many cases where European children have been raised by Maori.
Reproduced here is part of an email that was received earlier in the week. Parts identifying the senders have been removed at their request. The 'pipestone' link is very interesting and highlights the similarities between the American Indian cultures and our Maori Culture.
The stone people on Kaiwhakapiripiri ridge are mute testament to the power wielded by the sorcerer Taewha in ancient times. The story has been told before of how with a wave of his hand living flesh was turned to stone and of how that unfortunate family still stand there today,...
Friday 9th August 2013Today we hosted the Taiwhenua o Heretaunga at Hakikino. The day did not start well as I had a flat battery. Brother Glenn gave me a jump start and I was on my way down to the Marae to deliver some last minute instructions before the group...
Uniformed, uninformed bodies crammed in to a hall bought back long forgotten memories of high school assembles as we gathered to support our Donna as she took up her new position at the Hastings Girls High School.
On Tuesday 30th July 2013 we had a meeting with the ‘Pou Rangahau Rautaki Kōiwi Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation’ group from Te Papa Museum, Wellington. Or to put it more simply the group charged with repatriating Maori bones from museums around the world and in some cases from museums within New Zealand.
On Sunday 21st July 2013 I spent a wonderful day with two ladies from Christchurch.