As I did with all the other political parties I approached the Maori Party for comment on the New Zealand sponsored UN resolution 2334 against Israel. After I received a response from their media spokesperson I e-mailed her the following questions:
Maori kids, gang kids even, are being taught how to swim.
In Maori culture, water is an energy called Tangaroa. It can be calm and life-giving, or dangerous and life-taking.
A man who lost his son to suicide says connecting with Tangaroa is a good way to teach water safety.
“The aim for this camp is to build resilient young people, connected young people, confident young people, thrown in with a bit of leadership.”
Zack Makoare formed Te Taitimu Trust after in a bid to help young people and boost water safety skills. At this year’s camp they’re rafting down the Mohaka River, inland and north of Napier.
Fifteen-15-year-old Isabella Ngahuia-Love has been with the trust for eight years.
“I think it’s important to learn about water safety because as Maori we’ve got a larger death toll because the water’s a part of our culture, so you have to learn how to be safe in it,” she says.
Royal Timu’s father, Rex Timu, is president of the Hastings Mongrel Mob chapter. He says understanding the water can help in more ways than one. Read more »
Chris Trotter woke up this morning and sat at the keyboard in his flannel pajamas and banged out the strangest of posts:
NEW ZEALANDERS are heading into a great storm of change. Much that is precious to us will pass away. As Pakeha we have grown accustomed to being the colonisers rather than the colonised. Loss of power will be a new experience for us. As the second great wave of colonisation washes over us, our best chance of survival will be to reach out our hands to the tangata whenua – whose feet are sunk deepest in the earth of Aotearoa. In the storm of change that is coming, the strength which that position gives to Maori will make them the only solid point around which everything else twists and turns. If we, as Pakeha, do not reach out and grasp that strength, the fury of the storm will blow us far away.