Tag Archives: Maori

The New Millennium

The New Millennium

In Auckland, New Zealand, a Maori warrior greets the first sunrise of the year 2000 with a traditional Maori trumpet.

Buzz of It’s Own

Buzz of It’s Own

And, “Auckland has a buzz of its own, with enviable dance music, fashion and restaurant scenes and the largest Polynesian and Maori populations in the South Pacific.”

Spotte-y Research

Spotte-y Research

Prolific writer Stephen Spotte’s latest collection ranges from “academia to the Maori cannibals of New Zealand and everywhere in between”.

Restitution Advance

Restitution Advance

The New Zealand Maori Council became the executors of the estate of a long-dead ancestor, enabling them to regain his head for burial, and opening a legal channel for other groups to claim remains from museums…

League of its Own

League of its Own

League in the UK: “mullets, mud and Maoris”.  

Everybody Wants a Piece of You

Everybody Wants a Piece of You

“New Zealand has given us plenty of stuff. Russell Crowe, Crowded House, Maori bouncers who scare the crap out of you. They can have it all back if they will only let us have…

Scots Bemused

Scots Bemused

“The strangeness of New Zealand is brought home to us the very first night of the tour. We’ve just bought our first round in a bar in Paihia, when this Maori guy rolls up to us…

Royal Kiss-off?

Royal Kiss-off?

47% of New Zealanders, including 63% of Maori, believe the monarchy should go.  

Ice and Cannibals

Ice and Cannibals

Alan Gurney details three mid-nineteenth century voyages to Antarctica. Included is a “grisly description by a New Zealand missionary of the cannibalistic Maoris’ method of creating shrunken human heads.”

Whitewash

Whitewash

Maori cut from crowd scenes in Her Majesty, US-funded feature film set in New Zealand c.1953-54. Producer Walter Coblenz (All the President’s Men), said historical accuracy motivated the cutting.

Unique urenika

Unique urenika

Dark purple and delicious, urenika (Maori potatoes), are on display at the RHS London Flower Show.

League of Their Own

League of Their Own

The Aotearoa Maori League team is “modelled on the Maori battalion,” says John Tamihere. “It will be a team of origin not of residence. And that’s great, it doesn’t matter if they’re on Mars, they’re still Maori.”

Election Blues

Election Blues

American academics laud MMP: “When New Zealand had its first PR election in 1996, the first Asian citizen was elected, and Pacific Islanders and indigenous Maoris tripled their representation.”

Jumpin’ Jai

Jumpin’ Jai

With a name like Taurima, he must be one of us. Jai Taurima, the Queensland-born son of a Maori father, just missed the gold in the long-jump, but a personal best of 8.49 metres was enough…

Te Rangi Hiroa/Sir Peter Buck Remembered

Te Rangi Hiroa/Sir Peter Buck Remembered

The Sunday Times remembers the birthday of Sir Peter Buck – a pioneering and internationally renowned anthropologist, the first Maori medical doctor, a politician, administrator, soldier, and leader of the Maori people. Born in…

“They Kiss With Their Noses in New Zealand”

“They Kiss With Their Noses in New Zealand”

In an exploration of social climbing etiquette the Philippine Star explores the kissing conventions around the globe, from the Latin influenced beso-beso, to hand kissing in France, to bowing in Japan to Maori hongi in New…

Campbell Hits Record Breaking Haka of a Round

Campbell Hits Record Breaking Haka of a Round

“The New Zealand Maori produced a spear-waving, chest beating, lip-curling, foot-stompin’ 63 in the first round of the English Open here yesterday”. Cambell’s nine under par round created a new European PGA record – no one has…

Hyper-girl Lisa Reihana Weaves The Pacific Wave at Sydney Biennale

Hyper-girl Lisa Reihana Weaves The Pacific Wave at Sydney Biennale

Along with fellow Kiwi Bill Hammond. Lisa Reihana, with the Pacific Sisters, has been honoured with a show at the prestigious Sydney Biennale 2000. Exploring Toi Maori, her works weave between the contemporary and…

Happy Days Inspires Maori Playwright Briar Grace-Smith to Tell New Zealand Stories

Happy Days Inspires Maori Playwright Briar Grace-Smith to Tell New Zealand Stories

“New Zealanders are becoming bolder and prouder about who we are. We’re no longer looking overseas for our theatre. We’re telling our own stories and feeling good about it. And not just Maori”

Campbell Puts Merit in Order

Campbell Puts Merit in Order

“The Maori’s return to form shows it was no fluke the first time. Currently third in the order of merit, Campbell’s outstanding recovery is illustrated perfectly in the Maori proverb: “I te tu oho koe/ Hei…

Famous Kiwi Face-offs Remembered

Famous Kiwi Face-offs Remembered

Times anniversary page remembers the birth of Sir Archibald McIndoe, Plastic Surgeon born in Dunedin; and the beginning of the Maori uprising against the British in 1863. …

Awa Maternity Ward No Picnic

Awa Maternity Ward No Picnic

From the grass skirts and cannibals file: “When Maori women of New Zealand give birth, they deliver on the ground near a stream. The Maori word whenua means both “earth” and “placenta.”

Aussie Museum to Return Maori Heads

Aussie Museum to Return Maori Heads

The return of heads from the South Australian Museum in Adelaide later this month marks another milestone in an ongoing campaign to repatriate all the tattooed heads of Maori from museums and galleries all round the…