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Week 11 – Blog post

Within Maori culture, women in particular play an important role, which is discussed in Anne Mikare's 'Maori women: Caught in the contradictions of a colonial reality'. "He wahine, he whenua, e ngaro ai te tangata - By women and land me are lost" (Mikaere 1) This phrase refers to the nourishing roles that both women... Continue Reading →

237 131 – Week 10 blog post

The appropriation of Maori culture has been discussed when looking at the video game 'The Mark of Kri', in terms of the main character Rau. Rau is portrayed as a somewhat violent savage, as all he does throughout the game is kill things and is described as "one of a barbaric disorder/ Rau is this... Continue Reading →

237 131 – Week 9 Blog post

Hybridity is the cross between two seperate groups/races. However by reading Jonathan Rutherford's interview with Homi Bhabba, I now look at the term hybridity from Bhabba's perspective as the third space, "Hybridity to me is the third space which enables other positions to emerge" (Bhabba 211). Rather than being from one group or another, but... Continue Reading →

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 →

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