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Friday, October 02, 2009

Parihaka Peace festival opens ticket office

Pacific reggae pioneers Herbs and Moana and the Tribe are among the first acts confirmed for the fifth Parihaka International Peace Festival in the historic Taranaki settlement from January 7 to 11.

Festival director Te Miringa Hohaia says more than 30 acts are being lined up for the festival, including some of the top names in New Zealand music.

He says there will again be speakers and workshops drawing on the legacy of non-violence developed at Parihaka during the land protests of the 1870s.
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“Part of our goal is to create responsible communities, helping people feel empowered and get to the point of being self funding so in a sense we’re holding out in front of us the same aims Te Whiti and Tohu did in the 19th century,” Mr Hohaia says.

The Parihaka international Peace Festival hopes to attract more than 6000 attendees.

PEACE MARCHERS SET OUT WITH MORIORI BLESSING

Also striving for world peace is a group of marchers who set off this morning from the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Wellington to walk around the globe in 92 days.

There will be supporting marches in 300 cities around the world today, which is Gandhi's birthday.

The march was preceded by a blessing ceremony earlier this week at Kopinga Marae in Rekohu - Chatham Islands - to acknowledge the tradition of non-violence developed by Moriori during their 500 years of isolation from the rest of Maori society.

Moriori spokesperson Maui Solomon says the march instigator, Spaniard Rafael de la Rubia, was presented with a tokotoko carved from whalebone to help him on his journey around the world.

The international marchers were also given a Moriori flag.

“That will be taken with them as well and signed in each country they are going to and then we hope to get the flag back in the Andes in Argentina. We also hope one or two of us can go there and participate in the final leg of the journey, just to close the circle,” Mr Solomon

WHARF DESIGNS LACK MAORI OR PACIFIC CONTENT

An Auckland iwi is upset none of the finalists to redevelop Queens Wharf have a Maori or Polynesian perspective.

Eight finalists have been selected from 237 entries to build what's been called party central for the 2011 Rugby World Cup on Auckland's waterfront.

Ngati Whatua environment manager Ngarimu Blair says there were no Maori on the judging panel, and the omission is telling.

“I can't see any place that distinguishes that place as being in the South Pacific with a rich mix of Maori, Pakeha, Polynesian, Pacific Island people,” Mr Blair says.

Ngati Whatu declined a place on the judging panel because it was presenting its own plans for a Maori and Pacific cultural heritage centre on the wharf.

CAMERON TAKES MAORI HOPES INTO BOXING RING

The hopes of Maori boxing lie with Shane Cameron when he takes on David Tua in at Mystery Creek in Hamilton tomorrow night.

The 31-year-old Rongomaiwahine heavyweight is ranked seventh in the world by the World Boxing Organisation and has lost just one of his 24 professional bouts.

David Tua is six years older with a record is 49 wins ... 42 by knockout... three losses and a draw.

Former boxer Lance Revill, who will be reffing bouts on the undercard... says the fight is too close to call.

“Shane Cameron's done well to start boxing late in life, I think he was 20 when he put his first pair of gloves on. He’s done very well and he’s got a huge ticker, he’ll never back down, and neither will David Tua, so it’s going to be a classic fight,” Revell says.

KI O RAHI MORE EASY ON THE RULES THAN RUGBY

The coach of a traditional Maori ball game with no set rules says many players are taking up Ki-o-rahi because it's better organised than rugby.
Ki-o-rahi can be played by teams of anything from three to 50 players, on fields of varying size, and with no set time intervals.

Harko Brown is putting together a national team for a tour next year to Europe, where the game was taken by the Maori Battalion over 60 years ago.

He says under the traditional process of Tatu the teams sit down before the game and decide on the rules.

“You know the shambles with rugby, no one knows what’s happening, the rules change every year. This is a more open way of getting people to acknowledge their knowledge for their own rohe so it’s not about rule changes, it’s about allowing the different tribes to have their own tikanga when they play in their own areas,” Mr Brown says.

New Zealand captain Matt White is in Europe talking to officials about the rules for the tour, as the game has developed in different forms since the second world war.

CANADIAN CARVER BOOST FOR MAORI ART SHOW

A Native Canadian master carver has arrived in Aotearoa to help carve a pou pou ... or perhaps that should be a totem pole.

Tamahou Temara from arts' promoter Toi Maori says Dempsy Bobb is coming for next weeks annual Maori art market at the Te Rauparaha Centre in Porirua.

He says Maori art has become international by nurturing such relationships with other first nations artists over the past three decades.

“The premise for us was the Te Maori exhibition which opened up the way but in order to do that there needed to be interaction with first nations people and our artists have been carrying on that interaction with indigenous people for the past 30 years or so.” Mr Temara says.

work by more than 200 artists will be on show in Porirua next week.

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