Māori culture

So cheap caricatures don’t violate Tikanga Maori


A green smiling tiki will replace the ubiquitous yellow smiley face in?the first Maori?emoji keyboard.

Rotorua visitor attraction Te Puia has developed Emotiki, a?150-character?emoji?keyboard with distinctly Maori icons ranging from?piupiu (flax skirts) and?hangi, to?kete and?koura (crayfish).

A small selection of moving emotikis?will?include?poi and?taiaha moves,?and a winking tiki.

Te Puia general manager sales and marketing, Kiri Atkinson-Crean, said emoji?was?now a popular part of daily?digital language, but there were?limited New Zealand emoticons.

So let’s commercialise some more Maori culture then.? Read more »

Media Party beat up over TPPA powhiri

The Media Party reported breathlessly last week that Maori were planning to boycott performing a powhiri for the TPPA signing.

Fairfax posts a video on every single one of their TPPA articles and it has a doomsday style audio track. The NZ Herald labels business representatives as lobbyists while Jane Kelsey is an international trade expert.

The Media Party are trying to manipulate you…and they are doing it again over the powhiri issue.

The truth has now been revealed however; only 1 out of 32 marae?moaned about the TPPA and the Media Party beat it up into a storm.

The iwi organisation performing the powhiri at the signing of the TPPA say they are happy to welcome guests but does not mean they support the trade deal.

Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua will conduct the formalities of the powhiri in Auckland on Thursday, amid reports that other iwi have declined to do it. ? Read more »

Labour have gone to the dogs since Mike Williams left, and here?s another example


Mike Williams is a good bastard, with only two failings, the first is he worked for Labour, the second is he is friends with Michelle Boag.

Nevertheless he has made a great observation which I am sure will have the hard left frothing and trying to do him in.

Former Labour Party president Mike Williams has suggested there is no need for Te Reo in prisons because it does not help inmates get a job once they are released.

Mr Williams was speaking for the New Zealand Howard League in an official capacity when he made the comments at a public discussion about prisons this week.

M?ori make up more than half the country’s prison population.

Mr Williams was asked by an audience member if there should be encouragement for more M?ori culture and Te Reo use in New Zealand jails. ? Read more »

Greens and NZ First pander to Maori when Maori themselves clearly don?t care enough

If you want to learn Maori, you can.

The slump in fluent Maori speakers is simply due to a lack of interest by? Maori.

Pushing ?Te Reo? onto non-Maori via legislation hasn?t worked. ?I mean, all the tamariki eat kai at the kai table in kindies, and they?re told ka pai. They sing ka kite before going home. And know their whero from their kahurangi, but none of that ever gets to even the most basic conversational Maori. ?It never was going to.

But that doesn’t stop the idiots of the opposition in demanding an inquiry that will help no one, much less people wanting to learn Maori.

Opposition parties want an inquiry into the capacity schools have to teach te reo Maori.

The Greens and NZ First are going to ask Parliament’s education and science select committee to conduct it.

They say the last two censuses show the proportion of Maori who speak te reo dropped from 25.2 percent in 2001 to 21.3 percent in 2013. ? Read more »

Hekia Parata wants all teachers to speak Te Reo properly

Hekia Parata has gone all doctrinaire, lecturing that all teachers need to learn how to speak and pronounce Te Reo properly.

Judith Collins isn’t having a bar of it.

The Education Minister expects all teachers to be able to pronounce their students’ names correctly out of respect for language, culture and identity.

Hekia Parata said living in a multi-cultural society meant all teachers had to be respectful of a student’s culture in the same way that overseas teachers working in New Zealand schools would expect their culture to be respected.

Questions have been raised over why maths and science teachers need to be competent in Te Reo Maori and whether it’s closing the door to quality overseas teachers.

According to the Ministry of Education all teachers were expected to have an “understanding of the bi-cultural heritage of New Zealand”, but National MP Judith Collins?was baffled it extended to maths and science teachers working in English-speaking schools.? Read more »

Len Brown’s next scandal: secretive unitary plan provisions that pander to Maori

3 News reports

Documents released to 3 News have revealed accusations of subterfuge by Auckland Council over a controversial part of its Unitary Plan.

What’s more surprising, the attack comes from within, from councillors who say radical and far-reaching provisions have been sneaked through by officials with little discussion. But the council strongly denies the accusations.

Auckland’s unitary plan has earmarked 3600 sites as possibly having cultural significance.

“Some of them were basically middens, a few shells where somebody had a feed of pipis maybe 200 years ago, and all of a sudden it becomes an archaeological site of value,” says Auckland Councillor Dick Quax.

House owners nearby who want resource consent might now have to pay iwi for a cultural impact assessment.

“It’s part of a precautionary process to make sure we don’t destroy sites without knowing what their cultural values are,” says Auckland Council chief planning officer Roger Blakeley.

The real problem is that there is no public visibility of where these sites are. ?Your house could be right on top of one now, and thanks to the Auckland unitary plan, you now have to consult all iwi before you can dig your goldfish pond. ?And no, I’m not kidding. ? Read more »

Poms whinging again about Haka

Every time the All Blacks go to the UK the Pommy media proves what every Kiwi knows about bloody Poms, they are whingers.

They are once again moaning about the haka.

Ahead of the All Blacks v England match at Twickenham this weekend, the chief sport writer at Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Oliver Brown, has attacked the Kiwi side’s use of the haka. Far from being a vibrant display of power, it is, he writes, “hidebound by political correctness, such is the terror at executive level of offending the world’s No 1 side”. Brown has form: he caused upset last yearwhen he revealed the motivational mantra on the All Blacks’ team-room wall ahead of an All Blacks-England clash. The Herald reposts his piece on the haka in full below.? Read more »

Something to go to today since the weather is rubbish


Could be an interesting meeting this weekend for Aucklanders concerned about the council?s racist Unitary Plan, and trashing of property rights.

Remember when Shane Jones called a stupid digging instrument for corrupt extraction of RMA ransom payments a spade earlier this year.

Of course Labour did not pick up his mere when he left, because it did not fit with the identity politics that was all they had left. Bob Jones seems to have been the next public figure to risk tackling this issue (link). He reminded everyone that thousands of properties were newly vulnerable to iwi discovery of taniwha or other spirits and cultural needs that might need placating with koha.

A group called Democracy Action have called a public meeting in opposition to the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

The Plan kowtows to iwi elite and forces the rest of us to pay in cultural impact assessment fees, and lip service to so called spiritual and cultural values (taniwha) just to do things like replacing a window or putting in a pool.? Read more »

Bob Jones was right about the so-called Maori King

Back in 2010, when the so-called Maori King was whinging about something else Bob Jones wrote this:

So, the comical Ngaruawahia ex-truck driver who can’t speak Maori and struggles with English but calls himself King of Maoridom despite his realm ending at his letterbox has declared Maori own the rain. That’s excellent news. I assume His Majesty will accept liability for inflicting millions of dollars of flood damage annually through Maori rain supply mismanagement. He can ponder that when sitting on the only throne he’ll ever occupy, namely in his lavatory.

Boy was he ever right. Now the King of Maori-dom is whinging again that he hasn’t been allocated enough time to peak to William and Kate when they visit New Zealand later in the year. He says he will boycott, better they just cancel the meeting then if he isn’t happy.

Predictably the British press have labelled this a snub, but they shouldn’t really…this is just another rude maori being rude and then taking umbrage at people telling him to stick it then.

Still it makes for good copy. Harry Mount of the Telegraph writes a memo to the “King of the Maoris”:

King Tuheitia has refused to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge next month on their tour of New Zealand, because their planned 90-minute meeting wasn’t long enough.? Read more »

Thoughts on Waitangi Day and Te Tai Tokerau

Of course today is meant to be the day we celebrate being New Zealanders, have some national pride and put aside our differences to share the day together as one people. It is not meant to be a day of protesting, discussing treaty claims or even looking negatively on the past through anger tinted glasses but one for looking into the future.

But we all know that is a load of bollocks don’t we. It is a day for the Harawira clan and their fellow protesters band of angry mud and fish slinging thugs to hijhack (with a lending hand by the media) for their own agenda. One would gather from watching the yearly feral fandangle that there was mass public protests against a ?group of people who are continuously suppressed and disadvantaged by successive governments for decades, mistreated ?and deliberately isolated from inclusion of society. Read more »