It’s Exhibition Time

Update: Oh, and there was this coverage in the BOP Times, before the exhibition. After I insisted I was not the right person to talk about raranga, Whaea Bibbins, our kaiako (that’s her in the poster, top right, with fellow tauira Ngawai) promptly instructed me to do so, together with Whetukiaterangi Te Arihi (“Tuki”). Tuki, alongside Whaea Bibbins and everyone else in the class, taught me a whole lot about … a whole lot. I will be forever in the debt of every member of ‘Ngāti Raranga’, past, present, and future. Iti noa ana he pito mata.



Raranga progress

Here’s a pic of (most of) my recent kete (kits, baskets) and 2 pikau (backpacks) to date… Making progress. 



This year, as well as te Reo, I’m learning Raranga. Here are two of my first firsts. (Then a third.)

My first kete riwai (potato kit). Which I didn't give away yet because, uh, it's not wildly presentable.

My first kete riwai (potato kit). I haven’t given this one away yet because, uh, it’s not wildly presentable.

My first kete whakairo (which I gave to my lovely niece, Rose)

My first kete whakairo (which I gave to my lovely niece, Rose)

My fourth kete whakairo...almost actually presentable! Both these kete are a Tauranga Moana patiki (flounder) pattern.

My fourth kete whakairo…almost actually presentable! Both these kete are a Tauranga Moana patiki (flounder) pattern.

Stop the Press

I’ve been meaning to add a link to a piece I wrote for Scoop about ‘The State of the Media’, so here it is: Stop The Press. It’s a bit of an epic that grew out of trying to write a “review” for Scoop Review of Books of Nicky Hager’s “Dirty Politics“, which I was going

This cartoon is from October 1912, "The Maoriland Worker"

This cartoon is from October 1912, “The Maoriland Worker”

to call “Dirty Journalism”. But while I was working on it, “Dirty Political” ‘news’ kept happening, the election was coming up, and it seemed like a standard review wasn’t going to do it all justice. Meanwhile, I started reading (in some cases re-reading) a whole bunch of books about journalism, some new, some classics, some fiction, some non, and I recommend them all (see below for the list). Which is how the review turned into a bit of an epic.

The bottom line from a personal perspective is that I’ve come to the conclusion that the mainstream/corporate (whatever one might like to call it) news media does more harm than it does good, despite its mavericks and truth-tellers. Which is not to say I have any great ideas about where else one can go to learn about the world. For me, it’s a combination of long-form journalism, the source itself (as in, why not just read the media release directly, rather than read the media release as reprinted in msm?), NGOs, a few blogs, some overseas outlets, and books. My main source for NZ news is the RNZ website and Scoop, plus a couple of blogs. (I’m no longer on Twitter or Facebook.)

I can’t imagine how you could read the following (and/or work in journalism) and not come to something like the same conclusion:

• Davies, Nick. Flat Earth News: An award-winning reporter exposes falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the global media. (Random House, 2008.)

• Davies, Nick. Hack Attack: How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch. (Faber & Faber, 2014)

• Hager, Nicky. Other People’s Wars: New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror. (Craig Potton, 2011)

• Hager, Nicky. Dirty Politics: How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand’s political environment.(Craig Potton, 2014)

• Hager, Nicky. The Hollow Men: A study in the politics of deception. (Craig Potton, 2005)

• Herman, Edward and Noam Chomsky. Manufacturing Consent: The political economy of the mass media. (2008 edition. Random House)

• Leibovich, Mark. This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded Capital. (Blue Rider Press, 2013)

• Leveson, Lord Justice. “Report into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.” (2012) (OK, so I didn’t read all the volumes, word for word.)

• Lewis, Charles. 935 Lies: The future of truth and the decline of America’s moral integrity. (Public Affairs, 2014)

• McAfee, Annalena. The Spoiler. (Vintage, 2012)

• Moorehead, Caroline. The Letters of Martha Gellhorn. (Chatto & Windus, 2006)

• Sinclair, Upton. The Brass Check: A study of American journalism. 1919.

[Sinclair published the book himself and waived copyright, so it is available for free download at several sites including: ]

• Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. (1906)

• Waugh, Evelyn. Scoop: A novel about journalists. (1938)


Pōhutukawa: Te Rākau Kirihimete o Aotearoa

A trip around Mauao to look at the blooms. (Click on an image to have a closer look and cycle through the slide show.)

Only in Tauranga?


Rotorua Half

Finished the Rotorua Half Marathon today.
Then had fish and chips at Maketu.
Glorious summer day…or late spring…or whatever.