Pharaoh’s Rod

Pharaoh’s Rod

Travelling faster than a speeding bullet, the D has run a series of successful events, celebrating nationhood, and getting that “yes you can beat it” message out about the possibility of recovery from methamphetamine addiction. He tells the tale of another successful Irish Maori Hui & Huilli featuring the beautiful Noelle McCarthy, virtuoso violinist Elena, and generating close to $40,000 in sales in the charity art auction – the highlight of which was the purchase of a carved kauri throne by the king of marketing. Kevin Roberts. Den describes Maori Motown at Otatara Pa and notes that whilst the press will pounce on anything salacious to do with Millie Holmes they’re less interested in her dad’s hard work in building community resilience against methamphetamine. He reports that guitarist Joe Walsh has dipped into his own pocket to help create a methamphetamine free Hawke’s Bay and recounts how the local community uses the Pa site as a safe site during civil defence emergencies. Finally, invoking the spirit of Shirley Smith and marking the retirement of Peter Wiliams QC he reckons the current Government is using Pharoah’s Rod too much and its time for a seasonal shake up and revival of the NZ Council of Civil Liberties and like bodies at a community level.

#125 – Gin, Whisky and Moon(shine)

#125 – Gin, Whisky and Moon(shine)

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#124: A Kiwi, a Kea and a Weta walk into a bar…

#124: A Kiwi, a Kea and a Weta walk into a bar…

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Chip Away

Chip Away

It’s the New Year, 2010, and Den and whanau are back from the Parihaka International Peace Festival, loins girded and ready for action. He tells stories of Parihaka the place, and Parihaka the event, and shares his presentation delivered at the Speaker’s Forum. Den thinks that Hone Harawira’s cut on changes to the foreshore and seabed legislation is about right – put the seabed and foreshore into Maori title, make it inalienable, guarantee access to all New Zealanders. He gives the background to an upcoming Court battle to be faced by his sons – the price to be paid for confronting methamphetamine – and sets the scene for a fresh year of effort in reducing the demand for methamphetamine by ensuring the availability of recovery treatment services – no leaping, just chipping away.

#123: Aotearoa Whanau Whanui Kite O Aonui

#123: Aotearoa Whanau Whanui Kite O Aonui

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#122: The Global Life of New Zealanders

#122: The Global Life of New Zealanders

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Practice of Love

Practice of Love

At year’s end Den tells of the extraordinary partnership between the Mongrel Mob Notorious and the Salvation Army in establishing a methamphetamine rehabilitation programme at Kakahi. He recounts the recent journey of the Mob and their arrival at the gates of the Citadel and how through courageous leadership on the part of Roy Dunne the Notorious chapter’s captain, pro-social change is afoot. Den describes the Consultancy Advocacy and Research Trust’s (CART) entry into its 20th year of community action and the opening of its new facility in Wellington by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Anand Satyanand. He says that the presence of the Governor General and senior officers of the New Zealand Police at this event, and the presence of Ngati Tuwharetoa paramount chief Tumu Te Heu Heu at Kakahi for the graduation for the Mongrel Mob families who completed the rehab programme, are in themselves profound demonstrations of leadership and antidotes to the language of hate currently being used by some politicians. Den outlines his plans for 2010, the Parihaka Peace Festival, Maori Motown (with a message), and the quest to get more meth rehab units up and running. He wishes readers blessings and hopes they get to hear and speak words of love each day of the New Year.

#121: Five Fab Fellas (and a cast of thousands)

#121: Five Fab Fellas (and a cast of thousands)

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It’s the Putting White That Counts!

It’s the Putting White That Counts!

Den reckons it's alright to be white in Aotearoa. He says he's comfortable in his skin as a card-carrying Pakeha, a member of Tangata Tiriti, and a paid up subscriber to the Treaty of Waitangi. He's a Kiwi, belongs here, and is subject to conservation and protection orders. He recalls past dealings with Hone Harawira but concludes that despite some frustrations with him Hone has an important role to play in our nation building. Den suggests that if he can't be included in Parliamentary politics he returns to the politics of the street and focuses on politicising the brown proloteriat. Responding to Winston Peters' challenge he could join the Maori gangs and lead them past their self defeating behaviours and Gonville lifestyles to become a new form of Nga Tamatoa. Following the death of Martyn Sanderson, Den reflects on this man's life and his use of theatre to resolve Black vs White conflicts and to right wrongs. He concludes "it's the putting white that counts".

#120: The Global Life of New Zealanders

#120: The Global Life of New Zealanders

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#119: Digitising Our Culture

#119: Digitising Our Culture

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Breathe Through the Nose

Breathe Through the Nose

Denis clears his throat after a long winter, and proposes that our politics have been captured by populism masquerading as democracy. He reckons that we have seen racist laws at play in Whanganui, and that these express the lingering apprehensions of Anglo-settler society. Denis presents some upside down thinking around our prison system and recommends that if we are hell bent on privatisation why not consider Private Public Partnerships as a way forward. He says it's time to use some Kiwi nouse, smell the air of freedom, and sense the air of human potential and chance to develop productive partnerships. It's time to shut up on talkback. It's time to breathe through the nose.

#118: Headlines & Deadlines

#118: Headlines & Deadlines

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#117: Mine Eyes Dazzle

#117: Mine Eyes Dazzle

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#116: Wild South

#116: Wild South

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#115: New Zealanders on Global Headlines

#115: New Zealanders on Global Headlines

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#114: Concept Muscle; Queen of the Cosmos

#114: Concept Muscle; Queen of the Cosmos

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#113: Seddon Bennington, 1948 – 2009

#113: Seddon Bennington, 1948 – 2009

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#112: New Zealanders in Global Headlines

#112: New Zealanders in Global Headlines

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#111: New Zealanders in Global Headlines

#111: New Zealanders in Global Headlines

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The Stub of Your Cheque Book

The Stub of Your Cheque Book

The D writes that it's what is recorded on the stub of our national cheque book that indicates the relative value we put on issues. In the area of criminal justice, despite the Government's stated commitment to 'top of the cliff' interventions rather than reliance on prison, "crush and crate 'em" is the flavour of the day. D praises the leadership of Dr Pita Sharples as Minister of Maori Affairs for getting 'buy in' from Maori street leaders towards a quest for peace on the streets of Aotearoa and for his advocacy of Maori learners getting access to tertiary education. There is korero about a possible spike in the availability of P, an account and reflection on the death and burial of Nomad's leader Denis "Mossie" Hines, and celebration at the graduation of Te Rangatira Jack Tuhi "Ranga" from Massey University. (3,657 words)

#110: New Zealanders in Global Headlines

#110: New Zealanders in Global Headlines

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#109: NZEdege Heroes, Recent Publishing

#109: NZEdege Heroes, Recent Publishing

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#108: New Zealand Headlines in the Global Media

#108: New Zealand Headlines in the Global Media

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#107: New Zealanders in Global Headlines

#107: New Zealanders in Global Headlines

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#106: Topp Show

#106: Topp Show

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Stepping Back from the Precipice

Stepping Back from the Precipice

Napier has seen an awful tragedy unfold, and Den reflects on these events and salutes his local Maori copper Len Snee. Den argues that it's time for quiet support and reflection; to give space to the grieving, respect to the dead, and prayers for the injured. (1,830 words)

#105: Edge of Paradise

#105: Edge of Paradise

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#104 New Zealanders In Headlines

#104 New Zealanders In Headlines

Edge Message #104 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM A  big shout out to New Zealanders across the world who have registered at nzedge.com following our promotion to members of www.oldfriends.co.nz – 1000+ people from 165 international cities and towns and 42 …

Dangerous Utopias

Dangerous Utopias

"The poet and creative genius Alan Brunton once described Dr Ian Prior as having 'blood dangerous with utopias'. Ian has died and left us, grieving, yet still propelled by his legacy of action into continued efforts towards social justice. Den tells the story of Sandeep Chawla, Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime who, after a robust discussion with NZ gang members and drug dealers and users, suggests that one way for them to avoid disproportionate attention from the Police and media might simply to be a "little less annoying". Another St Patricks Day Hui & Huilli has gone off with great effect and a sense of locus for those who visited the ancient pa site, Otatara. There is praise for the continuing efforts of Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples who is out engaging Maori gang leaders and encouraging them to lead their crews away from criminality and anti-social behaviours and move towards a lifestyle built on a sense of identity as Maori, as whanau, and as members of community. Den gets the chance to talk to benches of judges and shares O'Reilly's lore: " Focus on the good", "Assume the best", "You'll see it when you believe it". (4,108 words)

Reggae’s Doing Fine

Reggae’s Doing Fine

It’s a new year and D is right into work. A bit of feedback about the Parihaka Peace Festival, engaging festival goers as participants rather than passive audiences, and bridging the cultural divide between Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti. Den discusses the tragedy around Halatau Naitoko, a young Tongan father, accidentally shot dead by the Police. He commends the Minister and Commissioner for their restorative approach and encourages the gunman to face the Naitoko family and unload his burden. Den sticks up for Social Development Minister Paula Bennett who supported the gang member father of her granddaughter when he was before the Courts. Den reckons she has modelled good whanau leadership, and improved the chances both of a rehabilitated offender, and of loving, respectful relationships between the daughter, granddaughter, and father. Te Ururoa Flavell, stung by the tragic events in Murupara, has voiced his pain, saying that perhaps gang members shouldn’t be allowed on marae, or shouldn’t be gifted the tradition of tangihana. Den reckons that with leadership from within gangs and from within the body politic New Zealand Maori gangism can pass, and be replaced by a widely shared positive focus on personal achievement within a whanau hapu tribal complex. With Ragamuffin coming up, and the Marley whanau in town, Den reminisces about what happened after Bob’s visit to Aotearoa in 1979 and tells the tale of the Keskidee Aroha project, the rise of aggressive black consciousness, and the whakapapa of reggae and Rasta in Aotearoa. Waitangi Day or Bob Marley’s birthday, reggae’s doing fine. (7,151 words)

Briefing to Incoming Ministers

Briefing to Incoming Ministers

New leaders for tough times. Den welcomes "Mr O’Bama", and feels hopeful about Prime Minister John Key because of his rapport with the Maori Party. He provides a briefing for incoming Ministers, outlining problematics including infanticide, high rates of crime, and high unemployment. Den proposes that Aotearoa should move into the tackle with upcoming unemployment and use downtime to improve whanau lives. He reckons that if the Kiwis can win the Rugby League World Cup then taking a collegial approach across community and government could also deliver a positive outcome for the tribe of Nga Mokai.

Jesus Mary and Joseph!

Jesus Mary and Joseph!

Jesus Mary and Joseph its Christmas again. Den says his friend Jules Older wished him 'Happy Holidays' but he reckons the holiday should be given its full due. He thinks that the Holy Family would be demonised these days with a possibly delusional mother, itinerant father,and child of uncertain parentage. Den takes Garth McVicar to task over the Emery affair and gives the sole of his shoe to Chris Trotter for calling the Maori Party kupapa. He reckons too that MP Sua William Sio should opt for sign language, canvasses the BIM's to the Ministers of Maori Affairs and Social Development and waxes lyrical about Christmas with the whanau at Waiohiki. (3,230 words)

Thrive Wellington 08

Thrive Wellington 08

Brian Sweeney’s speech at Thrive Wellington 08 – “Lets Talk Business”. (29 minutes)

#103: Economy on the Edge

#103: Economy on the Edge

Edge Message #103 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM This has become a mini-magazine. Pour a coffee. The view is from Raumati South, Kapiti, looking towards the top of the South Island.   It’s a great Saturday coming up – a New …

Tama Heihei Kaki Maro

Tama Heihei Kaki Maro

The Whanganui River wends its way through the lives of many people. For Den it has been the feature of the past month as he recalls some of its sons, Rangitihi Rangiwaiata Tahuparae MNZM, 'Tahu', and Gabe Tawhiti, separated both by time and type but linked by their mutual awa. Gabe was a street warrior, stabbed to death in Wellington. Then, as now, there was anger and hurt. The River elders encouraged redress through the law and a quest to find ways for healing and peace. The 'Gabe', a fiercely contested Black Power rugby league trophy, was the result. Den recounts the build up to the 2008 match up at Mamaku. Tahu was a tohunga knowledgeable both in ancient tribal lore and the protocols of Parliament and the Crown. He translated Winston Churchill's riposte to Hitler, when the latter said that he would wring England's neck like a chicken. Churchill reportedly said "Some neck, some chicken". Tahu's rendition was "Tama heihei, kaki maro" and Den reckons that stiff necked roosters, both sinners and saints, better get ready for difficult times. He shares thoughts from prison reformist Kim Workman, criminologist John Pratt and counter-terrorism expert Dr Pete Lentini, examines the issue of free market behaviours and our suppressive approach to those who dare to be different.

#102 Every Vote Counts

#102 Every Vote Counts

Edge Message #102 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Time for a bit of a catch-up … New Zealanders living overseas have been vastly under-represented as voters in past General Elections – and so our friends at www.keanewzealand.com have launched a …

Let He Who is Without Sin

Let He Who is Without Sin

Portrait of the activist as a young man; Paulo Freire, Latin America liberation theology and reflective action; pro-social change, community action, personal responsibility, and making change yourself; criminalisation of gang membership, differential sentencing tariffs; Black Power, the UN, their Waitangi Treaty claim, and Moana Jackson — jurisprudence expert; negative expenditure in the criminal justice sector; growth of the Maori family and the gang environment; moving forward, becoming engaged, less alienated and less marginalised leading to the end of “gangism” through a natural and sustainable process in contrast with the present "make war" suppressive approach; turning your life around and second chance education; Maori volunteerism; the political use of the court of public opinion; James K Baxter – “Ballad of the Junkies and the Fuzz”, “Ballad of Calvary Street”; “Zion”.

Jurassic Roar

Jurassic Roar

Despite their Machiavellian crafts politicians demand presumption of innocence for themselves despite much ambiguity. The finance and investment sector is riddled with what seem to be shonky dealings yet remain kosher. One used a national icon, Colin Meads, to endorse themselves and propose that they are worthy vehicles of trust. It seems that moral panic, and prejudice-laden analysis of the behaviours of the poor and brown, has our politicians intending to attempt to overturn the test of the burden of proof and to reverse the presumption innocence for some castes in modern day Aotearoa. Sir Brian Lochore has called for an end to PCism and cited some curious behavioural examples of times when things were better. Denis invokes the spirit of his late brother, Laurie O’Reilly, and in challenging the great man asks what being PC really is. Is it Patently Crazy as in the case of Sheriff Arapiro? Is it Politically Compliant as in the case of the Labour Party in terms of being poll driven on criminal justice issues rather than the creed of social justice in line with their core philosophy? Or is it Politically Correct in that the implicit criminal justice policies of a majority of the parties and politicians are “lock ‘em up and keep locking them up”? Denis reports from the front line on progress with the Black Power, Darksiders and Full Blooded Islanders, and tells of action research with the Mongrel Mob Notorious chapter which suggests that gang mums and dads have pretty much the same aspirations for their kids as do mainstream Kiwis. A little bit of reggae korero about Three Houses Down, House of Shem and Ragamuffin 09.

#101 Glowing Tuatara

#101 Glowing Tuatara

Edge Message #101 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM   NEW: NGA KUPU AROHA: BLOG #24 BY DENIS O’REILLY, JUNE 2008 “Thud and Blunder”: Social commentary from Hawke’s Bay-based community leader Denis O’Reilly about malaise in Aotearoa; about a nation on …

Low Blow

Low Blow

Friends and whanau of friends pass into the long night: Tam Wong Shi, Joe Dread and Paris Magdalinos. A cross-cultural hari-mate at Waiohiki, Jacob Scott and Para Matchitt provide sculptures, Jimmy Baxter and Aeschylus the words. Denis reviews Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori and likes what he hears. Asian apprehension about crime unleashes the fury of the tiger and Mr Low invokes the threat of the Triads. Baroness Vivien Stern claims NZ is creating criminals by redefining problems of poverty as problems of crime. Denis believes we need to forget about tougher sentences and rethink the destination and application of our "justice dollars". Winter solstice means time for planting and maybe some early crops, but like the outcomes of our community action, "ma te wa", we'll wait and see.

#100 The Luminary

#100 The Luminary

Edge Message #100 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM “The Luminary” For our 100th letter we publish the story of New Zealand’s most revered artist who reconceived Aotearoa “as the land of the long black shadow”. At every turn, Colin McCahon’s …

Thud And Blunder

Thud And Blunder

There is a sense of disquiet in Aotearoa and the nation is on edge over a spike in gang violence and series of vicious assaults and murders. Communities are crying ‘enough is enough’ and are looking to Government for action. Ombudsman Mel Smith says rational debate in the sector is almost impossible. Denis reviews what’s going in England and suggests following the ‘customer conscious’ approach. While sewage continues to pump into Hawke’s Bay the visual pollution of graffiti has the chattering classes all a twitter. New ideas that take into account the psychology of the perpetrator are required. Heavy thinking about behavioural economics and the concept of Libertarian Paternalism. Otatara a "Must-do" and frontline feedback from the 'Enough is enough' march, Maatariki feasting and a little whiskey .

#99 International Kiwi Role Model

#99 International Kiwi Role Model

Edge Message #99 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The West Australian, Telegraph, Hindustan Times, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Telegraph, The …

#98 Queen Remembers Sir Ed

#98 Queen Remembers Sir Ed

Edge Message #98 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM Greetings. We are pleased to record our 10 millionth pageview since inception. Ka pai. New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in Guardian, …

War and Peace

War and Peace

A review of good work in South Auckland with previously warring groups; the system’s dilemma of how to react to pro-social gang leaders; coping with the tough times when things go wrong (stick to the kaupapa and say your karakia); big inflow of P-related product threatening to wipe out progress of demand reduction strategies overnight; ANZAC has become a day of national unity; Maori and Pakeha seem to get on better when at war than when at peace; Napier Pilot City Trust works on this with Unity Week and builds the Robson Collection as a resource for building communities rather than prisons in a time when our numbers have doubled in 20 years; Governor General Anand Satyanand gives the Robson Lecture on the history of capital punishment and pays respects to community volunteers; a 93rd birthday for Helen Mason.

#97 WW2 Labyrinth Opens

#97 WW2 Labyrinth Opens

Edge Message #97 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM   New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in International Herald Tribune, Artforum, Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Age, Guardian, Anchorage Daily News, The …

#96 NZ Ventures into Robotics

#96 NZ Ventures into Robotics

Edge Message #96 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The New York Times, Guardian, Washington Post, Science Daily, Santa Fe Reporter, Evening Standard, Prospect, …

Easter Edge

Easter Edge

In a crowded and diverse Easter calendar on the edge Den encounters suicide and resists a presiding churchman’s self-righteousness “with a quiver of arrows, sharpened arguments based on familiarity with biblical text”. He presents another Hui & Huilli for St Paddy’s Day, celebrating two rebel cultures, before contemporaneously facilitating a community arts festival and a Black Power hui, then visiting Ngati Dread in Ruatoria to confirm the roots of reggae and Rasta in Aotearoa.

#95 Remembering Kiwi Heroes

#95 Remembering Kiwi Heroes

Edge Message #95 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in BBC, Variety, Empire, Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, Playbill, Newsday, National Geographic, The Age, The West …

The Cycle of Life

The Cycle of Life

Denis notes the cycle of life as he gathers together the memories of those who have recently passed, Sir Ed Hillary, Hone Tuwhare, Shirley Smith, Del Adams, Ben Dalton Snr. Then it’s on to life in Aotearoa New Zealand with the Waitangi Day furore over gangs on marae, Shane Jones badmouthing Josh Masters of the Tribesmen and Killer Beez, and the Government's get tough on graffiti intentions means it must be election time. Musical notes around Warren Maxwell, Don McGlashan and the Ragamuffin festival; and grave concerns over body snatching "a new twist on the consequences of miscegany". Read on.

#94 Conchords Take International Award

#94 Conchords Take International Award

Edge Message #94 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The Independent, The Age, Earth Times, Variety, The Washington Times, The Telegraph, International Herald Tribune, …

#93 Jane Campion Recalls Janet Frame

#93 Jane Campion Recalls Janet Frame

Edge Message #93 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in New York Times, Wall St Journal, BBC, Guardian, Financial Times, The Age, ABC News, Monocle, …

#92 Kiwis On The Edge

#92 Kiwis On The Edge

Edge Message #92 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in New York Times, Times, Guardian, BBC, Financial Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Toronto Star, Tehran Times, …

#91 New Zealander’s In Global Headlines

#91 New Zealander’s In Global Headlines

Edge Message #91 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in New York Times, BBC, CNN, Guardian, Telegraph,Observer, Variety, Citizen-Times, news.com.au, Melbourne Age,Sydney Morning Herald, The …

#90 Kiwi Duo Re-Invent the T-Shirt

#90 Kiwi Duo Re-Invent the T-Shirt

Edge Message #90 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM  New Zealanders in Global Headlines New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media appearing in The New York Times, The Times, Globe & Mail, Salon,Guardian, The Age, Monocle, Undercover, China …