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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

Wellington City by Night

September 5, 2010 by  
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“Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand. The urban area is situated on the southwestern tip of the country’s North Island, and lies between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is home to approx 386,000 residents, with an additional 3,700 residents living in the surrounding rural areas. […]

Aoraki also known as Mt Cook, New Zealand

September 5, 2010 by  
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Aoraki also known as Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand, reaching a height of 3,754 metres (12,316 ft). It lies in the Southern Alps, the mountain range that runs the length of the South Island. A popular tourist destination, it is also a favourite challenge for mountain climbers. Aoraki/Mount Cook consists of […]

Stone Store, Keri Keri, Northland

August 19, 2010 by  
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“The Stone Store, a former storehouse, is the oldest stone building in New Zealand, its construction having begun on 19 April 1832. The keystone above the door bearing the date 1833 is thought to have been carved by the stonemason William Parrott who cut the Sydney sandstone in situ, but construction of the building was […]

The Wahakura Project

May 28, 2010 by  
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He Mokopuna He Taonga l Our Children are Precious. Waha means ‘to carry’ while kura is derived from the Maori oriori or lullaby Pine Pine te Kura referring to a baby or something that is precious. The Wahakura Project was developed from matauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) practices as a safe sleeping place project by Dr […]

As We Speak

January 24, 2010 by  
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One of my favourite alto saxophonists is veteran jazz legend David Sanborn, I’ve loved him forever. Well, as long as there’s been an ‘As We


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


November 22, 2008 by  
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It’s funny what your mind gets to thinking and turning over as you drive. Mine was ripping through the gears, packed to the gunnels with unfamiliar names to put together with two or even three times met faces in places best described as the ‘back of beyond’ in that shy way that being new to […]

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