237 131 – Week 8 BLOG POST

'Once were warriors' is a well known New Zealand film, based on the story of an urban Maori family and their problems with poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence. While people all over the world watch this film, it portrays Maori families in this particular way, as if it is how all Maori families act and... Continue Reading →


237 131 – Week 7 Blog Post

In "The Ocean In Us" Hauofa discusses identity within the Pacific, in relation to both people and the environment itself. It wasn't until after the second world war that the term 'South Pacific' became popular/in general use. How can people feel as though they belong when the place they come from undergoes so many changes... Continue Reading →


Hinemihi o te Ao Tawhito (Hinemihi of the old world) also known as Hinemihi of the golden eyes, is one of four tradtional whare nui that stand outside of New Zealand/Aotearoa. It is one of the oldest and is the only one that has been continuously standing in open air for over 120 years. Hinemihi... Continue Reading →

237 131 – BLOG POST 5

The 'Take me away' reading demonstrates the exploitation of both Maori and Samoan culture, in terms of exporting traditional whare and fale to different countries for tourism purposes. This piece of writing made me think of the commercialisation of Maori and Samoan culture, as these traditional buildings were taken away from New Zealand/Aotearoa and exhibited... Continue Reading →

237 131 – BLOG POST 4

From the late 1880's, due to the development of European institutions of the arts, Maori myths and legends became one of the main subject matters for paintings produced by artists who were living in New Zealand. It was something about the portrayal of New Zealand's early history that had people intrigued by these artworks. Bell... Continue Reading →

237 131 – BLOG POST 3

While reading Ranginui Walker's 'Tauiwi' I came across various points that I found interesting, including the section titled 'The Peacemakers' which was based on the interactions and relationships between the Maori tribes and the missionaries during the musket wars in 1821. I thought it was interesting that one man in particular (Reverend Henry Williams) put... Continue Reading →

237 131 – BLOG POST 2

Charles Royal discusses both the kaupapa Maori and matauranga Maori concepts, including their differences and how they can relate to one another. Kaupapa Maori can be referred to as "any particular plan of action created by Maori. Expressing Maori aspirations and certain values and principles." (Royal 30) This can also be divided into two groups... Continue Reading →


I've always thought of New Zealand to be a beautiful clean country, where you can swim in rivers and not be worried about whats lurking beneath. However I've come to realise that we aren't as clean and pure as what we've been advertised to be. New Zealand relies on both the meat and dairy industry,... Continue Reading →


After listening to Huhana Smith I went back and looked through her artworks which happened to give me some inspiration for my own final piece. Her 'Rae Ki Te Rae/ face to face' exhibition Shows a series of paintings that reflect both her research and thoughts when working on her 'Enhancing Coastal Ecosystems for Iwi'... Continue Reading →


While looking into artists/designers who have produced work based on water pollution, I found and article in 'Wall Street International' which describes an exhibition put on at the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, United States. The exhibition - Fragile Waters was created to reflect on our relationship with water. Artists have come... Continue Reading →


Freshwater is apart of our everyday lives. It is used for drinking, food gathering, recreational/tourism activities and to produce goods and services. Therefore it is essential for New Zealand to maintain our freshwater resources for future generations. However this is becoming a problem due to the clearing of vegetation, draining of wetlands, urbanisation and most... Continue Reading →

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