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Kia ora koutou!
I am working on a new television series called TAONGA and I was hoping to get some help from my wonderful friends. It is a new series for TV One which will go to air next year, produced by Greenstone Pictures.
The brief for the series is that "it is an exciting new documentary series, which uncovers true Maori stories, both modern and historical. We begin each episode with a 'taonga' - whether that is a piece of pounamu, or a tokotoko, or something more modern like a photograph - and use re-enactment drama, location visits, interviews and a presenter to bring each story to life."
Greenstone Pictures acknowledge that telling Maori stories is an honour and privilege, and is committed to ensuring that these korero are told with integrity and respect. TAONGA is aimed at a primetime, mainstream audience, and is a platform to tell Maori stories to a wide audience.
At the moment, I'm researching potential stories for the first series, which is where I am hoping for your assistance! I'm looking for the small, intimate stories - whether they be of aroha, pakanga, utu etc (more the personal stories, not so much the bigger events), so if you have any burning korero tuku iho please hit reply.
I am also under a nice tight deadline to deliver some wonderful ideas within 2 weeks, so I was hoping that you guys could help me out by doing any or all of the following!

1. please forward this email on to anyone that you think would be a good contact

2. if you have any people you think I should contact directly, please let me know

3. if you can think of any stories or angles you think I should be chasing up, please let me know.
Thank you darlings -

X Summer
Summer Wharekawa

Greenstone Pictures Limited

64 9 623 7743

64 21 414 555

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I am a descendant of Pare Pehimana and Rewa of Ngati Whatua, my grandfather is Robert Cecil Paul. I'd like to know more about my whakapapa. email

Tena koe, nga mihi kia koe i raro i te maru o tatou nei kaihanga.
He tino patai taaku kia koe. I am writing to ask you if you are still working on the Maui's dolphin issue. I am interested in networking with people who might know about PCB and 2,3,5,8 T levels that have been traced to the Aihe-a-Maui.
I am doing a bit of work on toxic issues with tangata whenua and Greenpeace. My family is from Rangiatukia on the East Coast but my grandmother on my fathers side has connections to Kawhia. I am not familiar with my whakapapa enough to know what the exact link is but she was a Herewini.
Heoi, ma te wa.

To whom it may concern,
I Ricky Tipene would like to introduce myself to you,I would like introduce to you and your Marae FREE FIRST AID TRAINING COURSES. The courses are a two day comprehensive course which are NZQA Unit Standards 6400, 6401, 6402.
The course is Approved by OSH and The Ministry of Education and each participant will recieve a Completion Certificate. The course is open to all 16 years and over.
I have a passion to see that Marae are well equipped to deal with emergenies that may arise.

I will come to your Marae and run the course if you are able to find 15 to 20 people to take part.

I have enclosed a PDF file of a Flyer we have fro you to peruse
I look forward to hearing from you.
Ricky Tipene

Qualified First Aid Instructor

1 Point Street


(07) 825-0271 Mobile (021) 153-6599

Dear Sir/Madam
I have recently finished an MSc in Wildlife Management and for the past 3 years that I have been in education I have spent much of that time researching wildlife conservation issues. This led me to taking up the MSc at Reading University as I wished to add a qualification to my interests. During this time I have travelled extensively and a particular highlight was two months in Maui, Hawaii, where I studied Bottlenose dolphin populations and distribution for my thesis. Most of my time in Maui focused on photo identification of individual dolphins, and also some fieldwork with photography.
In February of this year I went to Islay to help Phil Johnson with the Bottlenose dolphin project, where I was responsible for researching the potential threats to bottlenose dolphins in the west of Scotland.
I am now looking for a more practical role out in the field, an ideal position would be educational or research work onboard a whale watching boat. I know that such positions are hard to come by, but I feel that I could be a valuable member of the crew and have enough knowledge to answer questions that members of the public may ask. I also would like to travel away from the UK so I can encounter new cetaceans and interact with different nationalities and increase my knowledge of different habitats.
My long term goal is to get enough experience so I can do a PHD, I hope that you can help with advise or know ofpeople who can help.
I hope that I will be considered for any positions that arise, I enclose a copy of my CV, if there are any questions please contact via email.
Yours sincerely
Dave Harper
1D Bulmershe Road





Kia ora, Ko Hera Harihari tenei, No Whaingaro ahau, Ko Motakotako taku marae. Ka patai taku ki a koe i te reo tuarua.

Do you have information on what happens to kaimoana that has been confiscated? Do we, as tangata whenua, have any rights to any confiscated kai moana, especially knowing that we have a kohikapa ra coming up in July? Confiscations took place here in Whaingaro at Easter, Just made me wonder Just what happens to all that kai. I do know that none of it was given to the local Trust hospital or Resthome.

Hi, my name is Lynda Campbell-Harris, I am a student at Northland Polytechnic studying my last year in a Diploma in Social Work. My next paper due is a basic Te Reo paper and a part of this is finding a Whakatauaki and researching it. I have found a Whakatauaki in The Pocket Dictionary Of Modern Maori and this dictionary records this proverb to be from Aotea but "applicable to all" I am trying to find which Iwi, Hapu, Whanau and who wrote it/said it and finding this task difficult. I have found your site on the web and thought I would just ask if there was any person that could help me with my search. Just in case there may be I will write the proverb as written in the Dictionary.
Ekore e piri te uku ki te rino

Clay will not stick to iron

meaning do not pretend to be what your not or the clay disguise will fall off
Your site is very interesting and informative and I have bookmarked it for future reference...

I came to this site in search of whakapapa for my half brother who descends from Mereaina Te(R)APOPO and William JOHNSTON who married at Raoraokauere, Parish of Aotea on 11 Jun 1848. (not sure of spelling as there was a smudge on the marriage certificate after Te and before APOPO, but it looked like a D)
Their daughter, Rosetta m. Herbert William BRABANT in 1868. He later became Magistrate and Maori Land Court Judge and Interpreter, in Auckland, Tauranga and Napier. Rosetta and Herbert William BRABANT had 14 children and we have been compiling the many descendants from them.
Herbert William BRABANT's younger brother, Henry Stainforth BRABANT, also married a Maori girl, Mary GRAHAM.
Aileen G McKay


I would like to introduce the New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
We are a non-profit organisation with objectives to facilitate in attaining positive conservation/environmental outcomes (no charges are incurred by either the volunteer or the project provider).
Currently our operation centres around a web-site database of conservation projects and interested volunteers. Our basic service at this time is in creating the links between project coordinators and volunteers. In the near future, and with a redesigned web-site, we hope to offer a number of other services, including information provision, training and instruction, and volunteer feedback opportunities among other things.
We have created a number of links with other related organisations, and are receiving increasing volunteer registrations from individuals, both around New Zealand and the world, who are seeking volunteer placements. We are aware that we are unable to provide projects or project details to all of this growing number. Most of those registering have been or are currently active in a volunteering capacity, and many have extensive experience and qualifications in a wide range of areas.
If you think that we may be able to assist you in any way, listing projects (volunteer opportunities) either now or in the future, or if you are aware of any other organisations that may benefit from volunteer assistance, please feel free to contact us.
Yours sincerely,
Aaron Pickering (NZTCV)
New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers

Office Ph.
(09) 414-1989



Announcing New Web Site for Mäori Environmental and Heritage Guardians Just launched is a new community web-site to support kaitiaki Mäori working in the fields of environment, resource and heritage management.

Mäori, are the tangata whenua or "people of the land" of Aotearoa (New Zealand), and those Mäori who are actively working to care for and protect the land are in modern times often referred to as kaitiaki or guardians.

They follow customary law and other traditions, such as the Mäori saying that describes the land as,

"he taonga tuku iho na öku tïpuna"

"a precious gift passed down from my ancestors".

The web site has been created as an urgently needed tool for helping kaitiaki Mäori to remain electronically connected. Mäori working on environmental or heritage issues are invited to become members, participate in discussions, and post opinions, concerns and questions on this web site. Other people are encouraged to visit and browse the resources available on the site.

Maintainers of other web sites are encouraged to link to:

with the following description:

"An on-line community web site for kaitiaki Mäori, containing resources for those involved in environment, resource and heritage management."


Greg Ford

ReddFish intergalactic

Te Whanganui-a-tara, Aotearoa


For Aboriginal Youth, by Aboriginal Youth...
Debwengidinook is the Ojibwe word for voices. The "voices" in this Web documentary pilot are those of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Youth from communities across Canada who shared their ideas and personal stories with their peers through interviews.
If you have a chance to visit this site, your comments are most welcome and we invite you to share it with others who are concerned about the lives of Aboriginal youth of today and for tomorrow...
Thank you,
Colette Coughlin

Putiputi's Palace
"Hello there! I am a Maori from New Zealand The Land of The Long White Cloud,"Aotearoa"

No Reira, tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena tatou katoa.

So therefore Greetings to you all.

My site has lots of bits and peices for you to peruse. Bits about My culture, my country, graphics I have done, ceramics, my doggie and of course my family."
Includes Maori graphics and animations. Very interesting site.

Tena koe,
The Federation in conjunction with Federated Farmers, NZ Forest Owners Association, Carter Holt Harvey and other landowning groups throughout the country, is embarking on a campaign to have recognised the financial burdens landowners face with powerlines on their land.
Lines companies have long assumed landowners should carry the liability for outages, as well as costs to remove vegetation under and around the power lines. Estimated costs for landowners add up to $500,000 per km every year. Such costs mean that rural landowners effectively subsidise urban consumption of electricity.
To aid us in this endeavour we would appreciate any case studies of experiences and situations (1-page preferably) we could put before the Commerce Select Committee to highlight the difficulties landowners face in this issue.
Jacob Haronga - Federation of Maori Authorities

I hope you will not think I am some kind of kook out here but, by the time I finish I hope you will have an understanding of why I am so frustrated. It goes back many years of stories my father has told me about the Indigenous People of your home. My father's name was Joseph Robert Toahty. He was origionally with the Navy but said he was transferred to the 1st Marine Division after fighting on Guadalcanal. It was some time in the early 40's. My father was a full-blooded 1/2 Pawnee and 1/2 Kiowa Indian from Oklahoma. My father was named after the War Chief White Eagle. After the war, his people gave him the name of his grandfather. My father was the only person authorized by his people to have that name. He was allowed to give his name to a family member in an appropriate ceremony but never did. Consequently, he took that name to his grave in July of 1996. My father came from Warrior Societies from the Pawnee and Kiowa. After serving in the Republic of South Vietnam, I too was able to belong to three different Warrior Societies in Oklahoma. After the war, I became embittered at the way my country had treated our warriors and began to drink and do a lot of drugs due to my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After much chaos and stress I finally had my last drink in 1983. I have been recovering since that time. I have worked in the field of Substance Abuse for almost all of those years. I am now working in Kotzebue, Alaska as the director of a large substance abuse program. We deal with the indigenous people of the arctic and their substance abuse problems. I am also in charge of 11 smaller villages in the Northwest Arctic Borrough and send my staff out in bush planes to deal with many situations. I have also become an elder in the Arapaho Sundance Society and have become a ceremonial man. We try to adhere to the teachings of a strict spiritual philosophy concerning our traditional ways.
Anyway, my father had told my sister Mary Lou (54) and brother Robert (50) and myself, Michael (52) that we had siblings that were of Maori descent. The stories had always facinated my whole family. We still do not know if they are true or not but want to think that because he knew so much of the Maori People that there had to be some truth to it. I know it's not impossible because I found the graves of two of my sisters who were of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma. I visited their graves about four years ago when he died. They were babies when they died but would have been my older sisters. As many Native American veterans can atest to is they were known as "Chief" especially if they were in combat units. My father was also known as "Chief" by his fellow soldiers. If you or any Maori organization can help me track any potential siblings down, I would greatly appreciate it. I come from a long line of warriors and just want to honor that warrior (my father) by trying to find his other children before I die. Thank you so much.
Michael G. Toahty, Sr.

PO Box 1076

Kotzebue, Ak. 99752

(907) 442-7648

(907) 442-3028 (email)

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