A2_Week 11 Task

Tūrangawaewae that is a fundamental part within the pōwhiri process describes the place that one is from. The integral part of this concept is having an understanding of that place with awareness of it historcal and cultural attributes. The concept offers you to think about how its importance relates to you.

The work that I made in response to this concept was a three dimensional cube that was covered with a short text explaining our birth place. Our narrative was illustrated with a variety of different design layouts. The text was wrapped around the box through careful consideration on it would be read by the viewer. The audience is guided around this three dimensional narrative. This is our own Tūrangawaewae. My text explains my birth place being South Africa and how its deep indigenous land and culture has utter importance to who I am today.

The concept of Tūrangawaewae dwells into the significance of the country we were born in to us though of me being of European decent, the idea of indigeneity is conflicted. My work talks about how I am more connected to the indigenous culture of my birth place, rather than my Western ancestry.  This can make reference to the discussion by Tuhiwai Smith on loss of indigeneity in a country through western accounts (5).

Work Cited:

Tuhiwai Smith, Linda. “Introduction”. Decolonising methodologies – Research and indigenous peoples. London and New York – Zed Books, 2012, 1-18..pdf



A2_Week 10 Task

I remember those young children on the backs of their mothers walking down a highway. I remember the boys with the worn out shoes begging outside the supermarket. The blind elderly clutching onto their older grand children. Growing up in a poverty stricken country like South Africa I am accustomed to the sight of those unfortunate. Even though living in an area not the worst of the lot, the sightings of this problem day to day did not become unnoticeable. This was especially due to the top three most undeveloped places in the country being about a 30-minute car ride away. Since moving to Wellington at the beginning of this year seeing the significant amount of homeless people where I walk once again day to day has led me to become disheartened. In a country that prides themselves as a people nation, that gives benefits to those in need and who thoroughly supports their elderly. A country that is among st the first world, I hoped I would re-live less days to see those with worn out shoes on a child’s feet.

Plan B. Nathan Pohio. Impromptu based urban documentary, Cathedral Square, Christchurch. 1995.  


Work Cited:

Smith, H., Solomon, O., Tamarapa, A., Tamati-Quennell, M., & Heke, N. (Eds.). (2007).Taiāwhio II. Contemporary Mäori artists. 18 new conversations. Wellington, New Zealand.



A2_ Week 9 Task

A) wk-9-powhiri-photo

B) One of the Maori stereotypes discussed in Dick’s lecture and by Wall is the quintessential Maori. This is one that was brought upon by themselves that went against the colonist history of Maori. This was a re-establishment of their identity to see them as they were before the country was colonized by Europeans (Wall, 43). There is a relation to the known stereotype of appearing primitive or typically traditional. However, the true representation of what they were in the past has been made unrealistic. In the well known film Once Were Warriors as discussed by Wall, in a contemporary setting Maori were perceived as being all masculine, covered in tattoos and only somewhat clothed (44).

Work Cited:
Wall, Melanie. “Research” Stereotypical Constructions of the Māori Race in the Media. New Zealand Geography. 1997. pdf

A2_ Week 8 Blog Task_Part 1

Washday at the Pa series. Ans Westra. Photograph. Ruatoria, New Zealand. 1964.

This photograph is part of a 1968 series called Washday at the Pä, depicting a rural Maori family living in the countryside. The family is comprised of a mother and nine children. Westra, the photographer intended to show a happy family in the country (The Dominion). However, as this work was published by government cooperation in a public bulletin it raised a fair amount of controversy (Te Papa). One of the key points discussed in Greg’s lectures is that poverty was seen both among rural Maori families and those living in the country around this time. Welfare groups criticized the poor standard living ahown in this photograph contributed to a stereotype for all Maori families to be put under. It is stated  in Washday at the Pä Controversy Te Papa article, that at this time the standard of living was improving that included these families moving towards cities into state housing.

Work Cited:

Te Papa: Museum of New Zealand, Parade (Te Papa exhibition-14 February 1998 to May 2001): Washday at the Pa Controversy, Te Papa: Museum of New Zealand. Web. Date Accessed: 29 September 2016.

The Dominion, Booklet Decision Angers Author. (1964). 4 August.