Finding a Tākitimu star path: navigating the generic Matariki festival

One of the more wonderful things to occur in the last 15 years has been the rise and integration of Matariki into our collective indigenous and now national consciousness. Today I was at the base of Mauao in Tauranga Moana with my daughter’s kura kaupapa Māori class listening to child-oriented presentations on Māori knowledge of… Read More Finding a Tākitimu star path: navigating the generic Matariki festival

Pāpaki tū ana: ruāhine as female spiritual experts & our misreading of Wahinerua & the Tainui grounding

Pāpaki tū ana ngā tai ki Mauao I whakanukunukuhia, I whakanekenekehia, I whiua reretia e Hotu a Wahinerua ki te wai, ki tai wīwī, ki tai wāwā, Ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama, Tīhei mauriora. This is a very well known tauparapara and waiata ā ringa in Tauranga Moana. It translates as following: The waves… Read More Pāpaki tū ana: ruāhine as female spiritual experts & our misreading of Wahinerua & the Tainui grounding

Ruatara’s Mission: 200 years since the first Christian service in Aotearoa through Māori eyes

Article originally written for the Salvation Army’s War Cry Issue 6606 Christmas 2014. On 12 April 1799, the Society for Missions to Africa and the East (later renamed the Church Missionary Society) was founded at a meeting of the Eclectic Society, supported by members of the Clapham Sect, including Henry Thornton, Thomas Babington and William… Read More Ruatara’s Mission: 200 years since the first Christian service in Aotearoa through Māori eyes

The Hopi of Oraibi & tino rangatiratanga: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 3

We visited two First Nations’peoples, and I had initially thought to write about them together. However, the Navajo and the Hopi are so different from each other that it didn’t make sense.On our first full day we visited Oraibi (it is said Orayvia) village on the Second Meza (a meza is a plateau) in the Hopi… Read More The Hopi of Oraibi & tino rangatiratanga: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 3