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Te Ao Mārama

September 10, 2018

There are struggles and benefits of every action you make.  Receiving a moko kauae was no exception to this. This article will outline the majority of the details that surrounded my decision to receive a moko kauae, and the ongoing aftermath of that decision. I grew up in Tūranganui – a – Kiwa, a small […]

September 10, 2018

He pūrongo arotake tēnei mō te pukapuka ‘He Kupu Tuku Iho: Ko te Reo Māori te Tatau ki te Ao’ – Nā Timoti Karetu rāua ko Te Wharehuia Milroy. Tomo mai ki taku ao Māori i runga i te reo pōhiri o ōku tupuna, te reo maioha o ōku pākeke, me te whakaaro nui o […]

September 10, 2018

Over 1000 years ago, Māori arrived on the shores of Aotearoa on great big waka hourua or double-hulled sailing canoes. They voyaged across Te Moananui-a-Kiwa, guided by the stars, swells, birds and moon. They came from the homeland as we know as Hawaiki, Havaiki, Avaiki, and Sava’i interpreted by many others of our relatives around […]

September 10, 2018

Whenua is important because it represents more than just land. Many generations ago, this great whenua was the space that our mighty tipuna discovered and explored. They explored far and wide and settled in different areas across the country. Because of their explorations, whenua now holds our history. We must look after our whenua, as […]

September 10, 2018

For me, my zero waste journey began long before I had realised. It began before I moved to Wellington. After having lived in a suburban home in Tauranga that had piggie buckets, compost bins, veggie gardens, fruit trees and home kill at our disposal. It began before our mother knit almost every piece of clothing […]

September 10, 2018

At this point in time every political party in the New Zealand parliament has a leader/or leaders with whakapapa Māori. Each Māori member in Parliament represents different tribal connections, constituencies, and a diversity of interests; each supporting different kaupapa across Aotearoa today. I believe it’s important to look at the big issues of today through […]

September 10, 2018

It often seems that an indigenous perspective embodies a ‘greater purpose’ or meaning towards its view of the world and the way things are experienced and interpreted. In many instances this is true because in numerous ways indigenous people express a value for all things beyond what is purely obvious or ordinary, but instead from […]

September 10, 2018

Paiahahā, paiahahā! Ka tū ki runga, ka tū ki raro, ka tū ki hea, ki hea, ka tū kia puta ki te wheiao ki Te Ao Mārama, tīhei wā mauri ora! Tīhei wā uriuri, tīhei wā nakonako, ka tau ka tau hā ko Rangi e tū iho nei, ka tau ka tau hā ko Papa […]

September 10, 2018

I am writing this letter to let you know that you have inspired me to be a teacher. Not because I have fond memories of how you all taught me valuable lessons that I will carry forever. No, I have become inspired to be a teacher because I have recently discovered that during my time […]