when you think about it, the polynesians, alongside the brothers of melanesia and micronesia, travelled the entire pacific, and at one point in time inhabited every island the ocean gave birth to. our people were the masters of the seas, travelling vast distances in short periods of time. no other civilisation could do what our forefathers accomplished. it was the skill of canoe-making, patience, and the knowledge of the stars and ocean currents that granted our ancestors to navigate these oceans. we are the children of the moana.

#whitagram #melanesia #polynesia #micronesia #rapanui #ocean #moana #pacificocean #traditional #culture #tongan #samoan #maori #kanaka #tangata #tagane #history (at KAVAPALU RESIDENCE)


Squeegee Bandit (2006) directed by Sándour Lau is a documentary that follows Māori window washer  Kevin ‘Starfish’ Whana over nine months of his life living in South Auckland. Kevin lives in the reality of a colonised nation, dealing with  homelessness, drugs, run ins with the cops and demons from his past. 

Winner of the Best Long Documentary at the Wairoa Māori Film Festival (2006) the film provides insight into Kevin’s struggles as tangata whenua living in modern, cosmopolitan Aotearoa. Through window washing Kevin makes enough money to survive. The documentary features much of Kevin’s personal life as he tells stories about his abusive past, his relationships and dealing with the harsh reality of being an estranged father and a Māori living in Tamaki Makaurau. 

Kevin’s stories are a valuable recollection of the struggles of tangata whenua today, he says “Unemployed, got the fuckin land ripped off…can’t speak fuckin properly, uneducated, right from the word Pākehā, it was fucked up… what are we just on the benefit, just hanging around a building on our own fuckin land? I’m a Māori, tangata whenua, I don’t even own my own fuckin house, I’ve never owned my own house with my own kids, where the fuck have I gone wrong? What the fuck’s happened? I’m not the only fucking one”. 

"We know more Pākehā side than we do our  fuckin own culture…if you ask me to rattle on what I want to feel, I can rap it out in English… you try to ask me in my language, I can’t, I’m a copy-cat Māori, I learnt it in school, learnt that but I didn’t learn how to have a conversation like this. They stripped away our language”. 

You can buy the DVD here, it’s definitely worth the watch.  

Prehistoric Mount remains confirmed


Prehistoric human remains uncovered in a grave at Pilot Bay during the construction of the boardwalk have now been identified as two Maori adults and a child.

Archaeologists this week confirmed to SunLive the identification of three skeletons discovered alongside Moa bones, fish hooks and stone tools, on the foreshore of The Mall in July this year.

Bay of Plenty Archaeology heritage consultant Ken Phillips says the human remains were examined by Auckland University physical anthropologists and have since been re-buried by tangata whenua.  

He says thousands of artefacts were uncovered during the construction of the boardwalk in Mount Maunganui. Each will be analysed in the coming months. Read more.

Ka Mate! Ka Mate!
  • Ka Mate! Ka Mate!
  • Maori (Haka)

Все мы с вами неоднократно слышали о Хаке и видели ее в исполнении Джейсона, так теперь пришло время узнать нам о ней немного побольше:

Ка-матэ́ — знаменитый хака новозеландских маори, сочинённый рангатирой маори Те Раупарахой более двух столетий тому назад. В ходе танца исполнители выкрикивают слова хака, сопровождая их воинственными жестами, топаньем и мимикой, призванной показать сопернику, как он будет выглядеть после боя.

"Ka mate! ka mate!
Ka ora! ka ora!
Ka mate! ka mate!
Ka ora! ka ora!
Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru,
Nāna nei i tiki mai
whakawhiti te rā!
Hūpane! Hūpane!
Hūpane! Kaupane!
Whiti te rā!

"Я гибну! Я гибну!
Я живу! Я живу!
Я гибну! Я гибну!
Я живу! Я живу!
Этот волосатый человек,
Который принёс солнце
Заставив его светить.
Шаг наверх! Ещё шаг наверх!
Последний шаг наверх! Затем шаг вперёд!
Навстречу солнцу, которое светит!”

(На фото Момоа позирует Хаку с актером Ману Беннетом)


i was tagged by machtaholic so here goes!

01. title of the first song describes how you die
A Man Needs a Maid - Neil Young
(uhhh creepy)

02. second song describes your love life
Kia Kaha - Split Enz
"Tenei te tangata puhuru-huru (Behold the brave man)
Nana nei i tiki mai, (literally the hairy man)
Whakawhiti te ra! (who has caused the sun to shine again)”

3. third song will be played at your wedding
(um my wedding already happened. let’s pretend it’s talking about a rededication ceremony?)
She’s So Cold - Rolling Stones

4. add “in my pants” to the title of the fourth song
Driving the Last Spike - Genesis

5. fifth song will be playing at your funeral
Vein of Stars - The Flaming Lips
"who knows
maybe there isn’t
a vein of stars callin’ out my name”

6. sixth song is your theme song
Take It on the Run - REO Speedwagon

7. seventh song will play when you think of someone you love
Some of Shelly’s Blues - John Beland (cover of a Mike Nesmith song)

8. add “with a shovel and a screwdriver” to the title of the eighth song
Got My Own Thing Now - Squirrel Nut Zippers

9. ninth song describes your week
Walking Through the Ruins - Split Enz
(totally appropriate what a crazy week)

10. Tenth song will play when you miss someone
I Don’t Want To Know - Fleetwood Mac


and now for the people i plan to tag:
mspennycrumb, roardean, prettyinsoulpunk, geniealisa, marn-barn, wholeo9, oncetherewasapirate, churchofpoetry, levanna, lala-pon


Ana Kai Tangata!

Never was the old Maori proverb more true: Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua! (People move on, but always the land remains!)
Kop chai Laos, for the wonderful experience. May your people continue to protect the land.

Simbologia: Arraia Maori

Na cultura Maori, a Arraia simboliza a sabedoria e a proteção; todavia, esse animal aquático também pode simbolizar o perigo, visto que possui um ataque certeiro e fatal com sua cauda composta de um agulhão venenoso. Vale lembrar um adágio popular dos Maoris que alerta: “Sábio é o homem que deixa a arraia em paz”.

A cultura maori, representa as tradições, crenças, modos de fazer dos povos nativos da Nova Zelândia, ou seja, os índios (‘tangata whenua’, na língua Maori significa o ‘povo da terra’) que habitavam o país, antes da chegada dos colonizadores.

Para tanto, os animais eram considerados, muitas vezes, sagrados e, com isso, faziam parte da simbologia da cultura Maori, sejam nos rituais, sejam no processo de tatuar o corpo, tão simbólico nessa cultura, uma vez que simbolizava a posição social, a nobreza, a sabedoria, a habilidade, o conhecimento, bem como a experiência pessoal. Dessa forma, quanto mais tatuado o corpo e a cabeça de um guerreiro, mais nobre ele seria.