Saturday, January 20, 2018

Matua: His Mandate with Destiny

November 14, 2010 by  
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Haami Moeke Snr QSM was a respected Maori kaumatua (Elder). He passed away recently. He was both my friend and my carving mentor. To me, he was Matua or simply Haami. The thing I loved most about him was

Matua: Sun through a Rock

November 13, 2010 by  
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Many years ago, my artist friend Whero Te Whata asked me, “how do you see the sun through a rock?” I was young and I had no idea! He didn’t answer me immediately but


November 8, 2009 by  
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My friend Haami (pronounced Har-me) Moeke QSM is a kaumatua. That is, a respected elder in the Māori community. I call him Matua. To me, he’s like the Ruahine Ranges that have an abiding presence across the eyeline of

Hura Kohatu, the Unveiling

November 16, 2008 by  
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It was an ambivalent day, the day of my great grandmother Moewaka Jane Rapana’s unveiling, ambivalent how? Well, neither the day nor the weather could agree who was going to have first say about how events would pan out and eventually we left them to argue between themselves like siblings in a childhood dust up.

Vanish the Thought

November 12, 2008 by  
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One of the loveliest stories told during the mihi and whaikororeo was by Aunty June about Nama’s Pond’s Cream. The story of Ponds “began when Theron T. Pond, a pharmacist from Utica New York, introduced ‘Pond’s Golden Treasure’ in 1846, a witch-hazel based

Sock It to ‘Em

November 10, 2008 by  
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No shoes are worn in the wharenui and what a person does or does not wear on their feet will tell you something about them. Like my daughter Mede, who opted for

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

Roots and All

October 23, 2008 by  
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Does it ever seem to you that for most of your life you spend it looking for yourself? Even when you know you’re right there! Odd isn’t it! Tomorrow I’ll be travelling to Helensville. I’m attending the hura kohatu (unveiling) of my maternal great grandmother, a woman I hardly know

The Treasure Box

October 18, 2008 by  
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Lately, my cousin Davina and me have been having chats with Kaumatua, Haami Moeke. A Kaumatua is a respected Māori elder. His birth place in the Bay of Plenty, bordering on Tuhoe country, Tuhoe Children of the Mist. I think of him latterly as a son of the Four Winds. He has that about him, an […]