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Ngāi Tauira

April 16, 2018

Remember when you were younger and you got a growling for sitting on a table? Your cousin, or your classmate, looks at you with an all knowing look and says “that’s tapu”. To this day the idea of cutting my nails or hair at night makes me feel uneasy. Again, I was told it was […]

April 9, 2018

Film is a unique way to express our history and whakapapa as polynesian navigators of the Pacific. Tupaia’s Endeavour (2017) directed by Lala Rolls, leaves one amazed and overwhelmed at the experiences of the Tahitian navigator, Tupaia. However, one thing I found quite challenging in this three-part series documentary, was being exposed to the alarming […]

March 26, 2018

Connection. Connection is a sense of  belonging. Connection is uniting as one. Connection is our history. Throughout the Pacific there is an unseen connection that ties us all together. It’s like a single strand of thread, weaved into one to make a beautiful mat. Like a single drop of water brought together to create a […]

March 19, 2018

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui! Here is a story that you’ve probably heard before. It’s one that’s all too common among indigenous peoples, but the themes and lessons from this story are ones that our tupuna have been telling us for generations. Close your eyes. Picture your whenua, your tūrangawaewae. The place your whānau […]

March 12, 2018

E tipu, e rea: The hopes and challenges of Maori students at law school. “E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tō ao, ko tō ringa ki ngā rākau a te Pākehā hei ora mō te tinana, ko tō ngākau ki ngā taonga a ō tīpuna Māori hei tikitiki mō tō māhunga.” (Thrive in […]

March 5, 2018

Being an “us” at university Recently, I’ve heard the same story come up in a number of conversations with different people. The story has Pacific origins and it goes something like this: a student walks into his class, and the teacher asks him to stand up and talk about himself, he’s asked something along the […]

February 26, 2018

Nau mai ki te pūrongo tuatahi ō Te Ara Tauira 2018. Ko te tūmanako i pai te raumati, ā i hoki ora mai koutou.   Last year in October, Ngāi Tauira had a successful AGM, filling all 8 positions and welcoming a brand new executive to run and grow Ngāi Tauira in 2018. Our new […]

February 26, 2018

Nau mai ki te pūrongo tuatahi ō Te Ara Tauira 2018. Ko te tūmanako i pai te raumati, ā i hoki ora mai koutou. Last year in October, Ngāi Tauira had a successful AGM, filling all 8 positions and welcoming a brand new executive to run and grow Ngāi Tauira in 2018. Our new executive […]

October 16, 2017

Tēnā tātou. Kua tae mai te wiki whakamutunga o tēnei wahanga o te tau. Heoi anō, hei kai māu, kua tuku mai a Awhi ētahi whakaaro, kia ora ō tātou tinana, ā, kia whakapakari i te hinengaro mō te otinga ō ngā aromatawai! Te Ao Māori is closely connected to the environment of Aotearoa as […]