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Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu

“Although it is small, it is greenstone.”

This is one of the first whakataukīs (proverbs) I learned in my Māori course this year, and the only one I memorised, because it’s so simple yet perfect and profound. 817 more words

New Zealand

Standing with Standing Rock

There has been a lot of publicity around the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Over recent weeks there was a groundswell of support from Māori for our Indigenous brothers and sisters of Standing Rock tribe. 150 more words

Hands off our haka!

It seems that other countries can’t get enough of the haka.

It’s one thing to appreciate it when it’s performed. It’s a completely different thing to use it for the purpose of comedy when you KNOW you are being culturally offensive and go so far as admit that. 76 more words

Your Favorite Things: Emma Kessler and a Māori Weaving Peg

Your Favorite Things is a regular feature on our blog where students, staff, and patrons of the museum talk about their favorite objects in the museum’s collection. 537 more words

Inside The Galleries

Original Sin

Proud anthems hide painful histories.
Call them Scar Face, the original mobs.

Maori treaties disemboweled.
Aborigine beliefs purged, land seized,
lives stolen by small pox scourge. 372 more words


Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti

The books you love the most are often the hardest to review. That’s always been the case. Or the curse. To say I loved this book feels like an incredible understatement. 858 more words

On The Bookshelf