Finlayson gets cold feet on a tikanga process in Tauranga Moana

Thursday 27 July 2017 was a happy day in Tauranga Moana. After a few months of protests, social media campaign, new media appearances, legal opinions and appeals to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon Chris Finlayson and Minister of Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, we achieved our goal: an agreement by the… Read More Finlayson gets cold feet on a tikanga process in Tauranga Moana

Where there’s smoke, there’s… ahi kaa? Agreements made by Hauraki & Ranginui

I’ve spent the last two days on the paepae at Poutūterangi Marae in Te Puna, supporting my Bidois whānau who are grieving a lost brother. We are between two storm fronts, so Rangi Pōtiki is an endless blue, Hinemoana is a quiet lapping presence and Papa is a rich healthy green with mid-Winter rains, and… Read More Where there’s smoke, there’s… ahi kaa? Agreements made by Hauraki & Ranginui

Ko Mauao te maunga, ko Hauraki te whenua? Settlement woes in Tauranga

The voting papers for the Pare Hauraki Collective Redress Claim have arrived in the letterboxes of Hauraki descendants around the motu, including a fair few of my own whanaunga. Lo and behold, when describing their rohe, the Hauraki Māori Trust Board claims: “The Board operates in Te Ika A Maui (Nth Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand)… Read More Ko Mauao te maunga, ko Hauraki te whenua? Settlement woes in Tauranga

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

Te Ara Wairere: following my ancestors to the Waikato from Tauranga Moana

On 21 January 1864, General Cameron despatched a naval force to Tauranga Moana. You will read consistently that he did this because the iwi of Tauranga provided food, resources and men to the war in the Waikato, so logically he wanted to cut the supply line. That is inaccurate. Patrick Nicholas prepared evidence for the… Read More Te Ara Wairere: following my ancestors to the Waikato from Tauranga Moana