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Robert’s Blog

Share our rich Maori history

  • The Importance of Marae Committees Marae reservations are regarded as the very last bastion of the Māori cultural life. It is the only place where the Maori language and culture may be practised without prejudice. Regardless of where Maori ‘are’ at any moment in time, it is at a Marae where the culture may be experienced.

  • Rāpaki - Part Two A nonchalant stroll from the car to the bus at the Whakatu depot: a cheery good morning from the bus driver, nothing else. At the port, a similar response. Perhaps the port staff were just being polite. A bold move out into the open and away from between the buses: a few curious stares but that is often the case when visitors are struck by my striking native looks.

  • Rapaki Part One - A ‘fashion statement’ or retrieving the past? On my recent trip to Hawaii, I met up with a relative from here. He was wearing a lavalava. He looked very relaxed. He assured me that it was indeed ‘very’ comfortable and that he wore it back at home in New Zealand too. That triggered a whole new line of thinking.

  • Parting 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. Unfortunately, the impressive arch they carved for the school bridge is no longer with us but many of the large and smaller totems are still to be seen around the school grounds today.

  • 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. The subject was raised by Timoti Karetu at the receiving of his award at the Marae. Notwithstanding his blood ties to Waimarama, Timoti was a whāngai and a very spoilt one at that.

  • The Peace Pipes 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.

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