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AuthorRakai Temania Parata Gardiner

Author Archive: Rakai Temania Parata Gardiner

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October 8, 2016

2016 has been a busy, challenging, and, ultimately, rewarding year for tauira Māori. We successfully hosted Te Huinga Tauira; thanks to the hard work of the Huinga Komiti, headed by the unflappable tokotoru tapu, in conjunction with NT and all the tauira that carried out their vision. Manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga were in full force during […]

July 24, 2016

In te Ao Māori, and in many instances of language transmission globally, it is the honour and the burden of Māori women to instil te reo in their children. In a time characterised by efforts to revitalise te reo in Aotearoa, this is a responsibility that should be shared by both men and women. Traditionally […]

July 10, 2016

‘Te reo me ōna katoa.’   Each and every one of us has our own reo journey – a story of how language, in whatever form, has shaped us and influenced our worldview. Mine began in the capital of my heartlands, Ngati Porou. I was raised in Ruatoria, in the reassuring shade of my maunga, […]

July 10, 2016

Ingoa? Thomas James Rawiri. Iwi? Waikato, Ngati Paoa, Ngati Kahu, Te Aupouri. He aha i tapaina ai ko IHI te ingoa o to roopū? He kupu e piri nei ki te mana tangata, me ngaa hua e pupuu ake kei roto. Aa, kaati ra kia whakaputaina tou IHI (light) ki te ao maarama. He aha […]

May 8, 2016

Social media is arguably the greatest guilty pleasure of our time. We Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram our way through life, studiously ignoring all obligations. We binge watch TV with our laptops open to convince ourselves we’re actually studying. Conversation is punctuated by videos of laughing goats or remixed ringtones. All while we try to plough […]

May 1, 2016

The kawakawa tree and its medicinal qualities reign supreme amongst the natural remedies employed by our tūpuna to soothe a myriad of ailments. Kawakawa is our Te Ao Māori equivalent of Lucas’ Papaw balm—the one product can serve a multitude of purposes. Applied topically, you can use it to remedy aches and pains, cuts, burns, […]

April 10, 2016

Kaitiakitanga can be loosely translated to mean guardianship. As Māori, we often use this term to describe environmental protectors, whether that be interpreted as human or animal guardians. Kaitiakitanga, in a historic context, referred to care and protection of the land, which, we as Māori respect and affiliate very strongly with. We used the guiding […]