Posts By: Danny Keenan

Tutu Te Puehu – New book

 A new book on the New Zealand Wars has been released –  Tutu Te Peuhu, New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars. This new book was launched at Parliament in Wellington on 23 October 2018. On hand to do the honours were Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence, and Hon Nania Mahuta, Minister of Maori Development. The book is edited by noted and prodigious military historians Dr Ian McGibbon and Dr John… Read more »

Koro Wetere and the reform of Māori Affairs

The recent sad passing of Koro Wetere marked quite a milestone for Māori politics, and Māori history. As a Minister in the reforming Fourth Labour Government, Wetere had his hands on significant pieces of legislation, not least that affecting the Waitangi Tribunal. But the viability of Māori futures, independent of the Crown, was also in his sights. It was all a long way from the relaxed, rural environs of Oparue… Read more »

Season’s Greetings Everyone

‘Through time and oft tears is life’s measure known,  and, of beating hearts, our life’s fortunes have grown,  yet weary not in our love for those of bitter soils now sown,   that they, and we, might together reap life’s promise of humanity renown ..’   

Double Take

Seen at Rapid City Airport, Rapid City, South Dakota, during a visit there in 1998 .. Merry Christmas everyone!    

The Past from the Paepae

The paepae is the place on the marae where elders stand, to deliver their speeches and, as it so happens, their versions of history. Speeches are an oral process of course. How do kaumātua bring to mind such histories, on such occasions? # During the 1990s, the compiling and writing of oral histories became a particular interest of Māori who were then setting out as ‘historians’, whether as Māori historians… Read more »

Farewell to Rangikotuku

We received the very sad news on Monday 13 November that Rangikotuku had passed away. Rangikotuku Rukuwai lived in New Plymouth with his awesome wife, Ngaraiti. Rangikotuku was the inspiration for the book written about his great-grandfather, Te Whiti O Rongomai, which was published in 2015. Rangikotuku was born in 1927 and was raised at Parihaka, amongst the families of Tohu Kakahi who was Te Whiti’s revered partner during the struggles which began in the… Read more »

NZ Wars Seminars – Otaki Series

Final screen lecture tonight – Tuesday evening November 28 –  featuring pre-eminent wars scholar, Professor Jamie Belich, with Dr Hirini Kaa, young scholar and TV presenter from Ngāti Porou. # Acclaimed Māori filmmaker Tainui Stephens has organised a seminar series focusing on the New Zealand Wars, being held in Otaki. The series began on 28 November – New Zealand Wars Day – with Tainui presenting and discussing his acclaimed TV Series on the wars, which… Read more »

Searching for Terror ..

Ten years ago, the global ‘war on terror’ arrived in New Zealand. On 15 October 2007, private homes throughout New Zealand were raided by squads of police, for the most part in full riot gear, carrying machine guns and handguns with knives strapped to their black garments. The raids occurred at dawn, under cover of darkness. They smashed doors, windows and furniture, arresting people, confiscating computers, cameras, electronics, files, and… Read more »

Congrats to Pikihuia winners

Congratulations to this year’s awesome winners of the Pikihuia Māori Literature Awards. The 2017 Pikihuia Awards were announced at a function featuring this year’s finalists, on Saturday 9 September 2017, at the Wharewaaka Convention Centre in Wellington. Every two years, the Pikihuia Awards are arranged to acknowldge young and exisiting Māori writers. They also encourage new and diverse Māori viewpoints and writing in both English and Māori. The Pikihuia Awards comprise six… Read more »