Posts Tagged ‘Maori culture’

Catholic College gets new bicultural entrance

Monday, November 6th, 2023
Garin College

The new entranceway to Nelson’s Catholic College celebrates the school’s Māori and Christian heritage. Built in a style reminiscent of an open-sided whare (house), the new entrance structure helps welcome people into Garin College’s wairua (soul). It also protects the school’s “story and curriculum”, principal John Maguire says. Bicultural story That story began with the Read more

Catholic school in Gore adds cultural tattoos to uniform policy

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Gore’s co-ed Catholic secondary has adjusted its uniform policy to make room for cultural tattoos. The first St Peter’s College pupil to take advantage of the change is 16-year-old Dixie-Leigh Burr (pictured), who has just received her first tā moko. The Year 11 pupil says she had been considering getting a tā moko for some Read more

Parihaka’s planned visitor centre will tell site’s own story

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

For decades their story has been told by others. Now the people of Parihaka have the opportunity to make sure they are the ones telling it. In June the Parihaka Papakāinga Trust was granted $14 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It will be used to build a visitor centre and other infrastructure to cope Read more

Māori astronomer wins top science award

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

A Tūhoe astronomer is the first Māori to win one of the country’s top science awards for his efforts to revitalise traditional Māori knowledge of the stars. Professor Rangi Matamua was awarded the top communication prize at the Prime Minister’s Science Awards on Tuesday. Read more

Māori resolute in calls for total justice reform

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Māori have delivered a clear call for widespread justice sector reform, led by Māori, in the hopes this time the Government will listen. Laura Walters reports. A new report from justice hui representatives is resolute in its calls for total reform of the justice system, once and for all. Read more

Less time at funerals – more time at school

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Pika Purotu and her priest, the Reverend Fakaofo Kaio of the Onehunga Cooperating Parish, are campaigning for children to spend less time attending funerals and more time attending school. They say children should spend a maximum of three days at a funeral – and only if the deceased is a member of their immediate family. Read more

New Zealand’s model for public religion

Monday, June 10th, 2019

After the response to the Christchurch murders, many Australians have looked more attentively to New Zealand for wisdom. Maori religious culture provides a way of exercising public religion. Public events include traditional Maori blessings, in which all are expected to join. Read more

Where’s Santa? Nelson locals split on korowai-clad Claus

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Nelson’s Santa wore a red korowai and graced his sleigh with a microphone and taiaha. The non-traditional Santa outfit has split Nelsonians, with one little girl remarking, “it’s definitely not Santa”. Continue reading

Civil and Church leaders join in honouring Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Members of the Rātana Movement celebrated a day of Thanksgiving on Thursday 8th November. Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard from Wellington attended on behalf of Cardinal John Dew and the Catholic Church. The photograph shows Karatea-Goddard with Anglican Archdeacon Don Rangi. The late Pihopa Tākuira Mariu always made a point of going to join the Ratana ceremonies. Read more

Te Wānanga o Raukawa…the story behind Ngāti Kapu carvings

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Recently Te Wānanga o Raukawa opened a building called Te Ara a Tāwhaki. In this building is a central Lecture Theatre called ‘Te Kete Uruuru Rangi.’ It is surrounded by carvings. As part of those carvings, there are sets of ‘pou’ (carved wall features or poles) which express the ancestral links each hapū has. One Read more