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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hone back home beside Hongi

Ngapuhi's greatest poet now lies alongside Ngapuhi's greatest chief.

Hone Tuwhare was buried yesterday at Kaikohe on Wharepaepae, the same block of land where Hongi Hika's bones lie in their cave.

Sonny Tau, the chair of the Ngapuhi Runanga, says despite living most of his life outside the north, the poet never forget he was Ngapuhi - and told the world about where he grew up.

“He's painted that many beautiful pictures for us and for the world, and especially for the Maori world, he’s painted a lot of pictures of what it was like for him as a young kid. He talks about the handful of puha and all that kind of carry on. Excellent writing yes,” Mr Tau says.


The Maori All Blacks are set to take an unchanged line up into the 2008 season... on the coaching benches at least.

Donny Stevenson from Ngati Awa will continue to guide the squad, with Shane Howarth staying on as assistant coach.

Peter Potaka was reappointed manager.

Donny Stevenson says it's great to have continuity in the management team, and the Rugby Union's new schedule means a pleasant coaching headache - more players to choose from.

Maori players on All Black duty are still off limits, but the Maori team will now have access to Junior All Blacks.

“They're going to be available for Maori selection, and last year that included the likes of Corey Flynn and Corey Jaine and Rico Gear played some games for the Maoris, Hoani McDonald, so there are several players that are going to be eligible for selection so it’s going to be quite a rigorous process, narrowing down the teams,” Mr Stevenson says.

The Maori All Blacks line up in June at home against Tonga, Samoa and Japan.


Whakarewarewa in Rotorua is paying tribute to its unique tourism tradition.

Profiles of some of its legendary guides will be unveiled at the entrance to the world renowned geothermal village next week.

Willie Te Aho, who has whakapapa connections to Whakarewarewa, says the dawn ceremony will acknowledge the wahine who introduced Maori culture to thousands of tourists from all parts of the world.

“The people that we will be paying tribute tio include guide Sofia, who was at Tarawera and then at Whakarewarewa, Guide Maggie Papakura, Guide Rangi, and also one of our more recent guides and kuia and mentors, Bubbles Mihinui, so that’s something for Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao to celebrate,” Mr Te Aho says.

The launch on February 2 will be a community celebration.


A leading expert in tikanga Maori is disappointed justice officials yanked a high profile prisoner off his training course.

Mita Mohi has been running wananga on Mokoia island in Lake Rotorua for more than two decades, using mau rakau or weapons training as a way to teach at-risk rangatahi self discipline and pride in being Maori.

Bailey Junior Kuariki - NZ's youngest convicted murderer - did three days on the island before he was recalled to the Hastings prison.

Mr Mohi says Bailey Kuariki had a lot to gain.

“He's never really had much of an upbringing in Maori culture. He’s really hungry for it. I noticed when he was on the island he was with the taiaha and with the boys in training really good. Sometimes it’s hard. People can’t really see it, but, if they come along and experience it. It’s not just about using a taiaha. The taiaha is just a base,” Mr Mohi says.

More than 150 inmates have attended his taiaha wanaga since 1981, without incident.


People interested in ensuring Maori remains a living language need to broaden where te reo is spoken.

That's the view of Phil Lambert, who runs the arts programmes for Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Four hundred tutors are meeting at Turangawaewae marae in Ngaruawahia this week to learn the best ways to pass on the reo.

He says while a lot of effort is spent encouraging people to take up te reo, they have limited opportunities to use it outside marae, educational or media settings.

“There aren't many contexts where hey can take their reo out into the community and allow the reo to flourish. Like you wouldn’t hear many people ordering fish and chips in the reo or ordering milk from the dairy in te reo. The contexts are quite limited,” Mr Lambert says.


Touch teams are gathering in Auckland for the first world indigenous tournament.

A powhiri will be held at Hoani Waititi Marae this afternoon, with the tournament running at neighbouring Parr's Park until Saturday.

Gerard Ngawati, the president of the National Maori Touch Trust, says the competition has attracted teams from around the Pacific as well as New Zealand based Chinese and Japanese squads.

He says the game is great for promoting healthy lifestyles and whanaungatanga.

“People get an opportunity to identify their hapu through what they wear but also during the po whakangahau on Saturday night they have an opportunity to get up as a group and sing their waiata and do their haka that belongs to their hapu and iwi. A lot of that background and knowledge has been gathered and retained by these players as well,” Mr Ngawati says.

While a Maori Touch Team competed in the Youth World Cup in 2002, the international governing body has squashed attempts to regularly field Maori teams in World Cup competitions.


Anonymous online sports betting said...

The opening round of Six Nations fixtures certainly didn’t disappoint. We had a tense thriller (Ireland 16 – 11 Italy), a shocking upset (England 19 – 26 Wales) - which must have cost the bookies in Wales a few quid, seen as though the Welsh were massive underdogs and not to mention the Taffies like a bit of Rugby Betting UK. Then there were the brave Scots; who went down 27-6 to France. So many parts of Scotland’s game were working well and all three of the French tries came from schoolboy errors by the Scots... I hope their confidence is still in tact because they actually played really well.

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