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Breath of Life

November 14, 2008 by  
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The first time I exchanged a memorable hongi was with a very distinguished maori gentleman at the Wellington Art Gallery (during a private showing of a Goldie exhibition). He looked uncomfortable standing in a line-up top heavy with

Deep calls to Deep

November 8, 2008 by  
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We waited expectantly at the gate entrance to Haranui Marae. We must wait until the call of the karanga is heard (this is the ceremonial call of welcome performed only by the women). Hearing the karanga indicates to us that we are free to approach our hosts across


October 29, 2008 by  
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Travelling up north again after all these years of being away my eyes feel fresh, eager to see and vociferously guzzle in the sights. I feel like I’ve been in a desert these past few years, the backside of it! I’m going to Haranui, to the marae of my great great grandmother Moewaka Jane, I’d […]

A ReCreation Story

October 20, 2008 by  
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Many of you won’t know this, some will, but I’m a WWE wrestling fan. So before you all jump up and down and rain derision on me about how it makes our kids violent, I want to say right from the get-go it is what it is, ENTERTAINMENT pure and simple!

Sibling Rivalry

September 17, 2008 by  
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I love that it ain’t over till it’s over. There’s something wilfully satisfying about being able to thumb your nose at the doom and gloom-sayers. It’s quite a delicious feeling infact, something smugly satisfying about proving them wrong.

On the Dragon’s T(r)ail

September 2, 2008 by  
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Is it true then, that as we get older, we have a tendency to stuff our magical make-believe friends and creatures into chests where they lie unattended, gathering dust in some

When Opportunity Knocks

August 29, 2008 by  
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Milly (botanical name: Rhipidura fuliginosa placabilis) is the only one out and about in the backyard this morning, she flits with great aplomb between the grapefruit and lemon trees, a tactical

Perfect Harmony

July 14, 2008 by  
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I’ve sometimes thought that the act of harmony and accord is such a tight-rope performance, having us teetering above a cauldron of fiery emotions that

King of the Castle

July 13, 2008 by  
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From time to time it can feel like every day runs seamlessly into the other. Nothing wrong with that I suppose but I can’t say its mind inspiring. I like the bumps in the road, I like the way they

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