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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
    Visit our website
    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
    RG1 5RH
    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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    We would like to add your comments to the Pledges of Support webpage. If for any reason you prefer not to have your comments displayed please let us know and we will respect your wishes.

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    People and Aotea
    A gift that is given is used
    But a gift that is given and abused
    is lost!
    by Davis Apiti

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    Aotea Scenery
    Aotea Aotea
    So beautiful and free
    What is it that connects you and me?
    Is it my heritage?
    Or is it the sea?
    I've seen your many faces in a storm
    And through the blistering heat
    I have felt your frost upon my feet
    And still you are so beautiful to me.
    The pohutukawas that shower your landscape
    With crimson red like a sunset.
    I've walked your hills,
    Fished your waters,
    Swam your rivers,
    And have slipped on your black sand.
    I know of a place where the flounders roam
    Of a giant, a stone lizard
    And a taniwha hole
    Where time stands still
    Where your people chant and sing their songs
    Of your mountains
    And of ancestors passed on
    Aotea Aotea
    You'll always be home to me
    No matter where I roam
    My heart yearns
    My thoughts turn
    And I'm glad to see you
    And my Uncle John ...
    by Davis Apiti

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  8. page Newspaper Articles edited Newspaper articles can also be found in each appropriate webpage. Iwi impose a shellfish ban {ht…
    Newspaper articles can also be found in each appropriate webpage.
    Iwi impose a shellfish ban
    PHOTO PETER DRURY/Waikato Times
    SHUTTING SHOP: David Apiti puts up a sign to stop shellfish gathering in Aotea Harbour. Peter McLean looks out over the severely depleted pipi beds.
    ||= Article by JEFF NEEMS - Waikato Times | Saturday, 21 February 2009
    ==Iwi impose a shellfish ban==
    Kawhia iwi have placed their own restriction on pipi collection at Aotea Harbour, saying the resource has been "thrashed" by out-of-towners and is now severely depleted.
    Signs erected at the beachfront on Wednesday advised of the ban, the first the iwi has implemented in the area.
    Davis Apiti, of Okapu Marae and Ngati Te Wehi kaitiaki (guardian), said the pipi beds at Aotea Harbour had been hammered by shellfish collectors "just taking everything", including juvenile specimens and pipi numbers well in excess of limits.
    "It's been going on for two years now to the point where we're getting nothing. Something has got to be done," Mr Apiti said.
    "We welcome people to come in, but if the locals can't get anything ... we can't feed the whole of New Zealand," he said.
    Mr Apiti said up to 40 people at a time were taking shellfish from the harbour beds, resulting in a severely depleted resource. The community felt it was time for it to be temporarily closed.
    "We've got the backing of the villagers," he said. "We wouldn't act on anything unless the villagers are behind us."
    He had been advised by local Fisheries Ministry staff member that iwi should follow the correct procedure to apply for a closure. But Mr Apiti there was also some frustration that any closure through official Fisheries Ministry channels would need to go through the minister, and take up to three months a period he felt was too long.
    "The closure should come from the village, and if we think it needs to be closed, we close it, and the process should take place from there."
    He believed the pipi beds should to be closed for eight months to regenerate.
    Mr Apiti made a public assurance no one would be physically removed from the area for flouting the restriction. The iwi wanted to inform people of the situation to protect the resource. "It's about education and protection, and making them aware the resource will not be there forever if we have those numbers going there."
    A similar situation with pipi bed depletion had occurred in 1996, "and yet it hasn't changed", he added.
    Fisheries Ministry inshore fisheries manager Sarah Omundsen said she was surprised and disappointed by the iwi action, but confirmed iwi were within their rights to put the rahui in place.
    Aotea Harbour has mataitai reserve status, which gives iwi substantial control and say in managing the fishery resources.
    Waitomo News, 19 February 2009 (Front Page)
    Aotea activist fined
    (Waitomo News, Tuesday, December 19, 2000)
    Environment Waikato has fined Aotea Harbour activist Davis Apiti $757 for digging trenches in the harbour foreshore to prevent commercial fishers launching their boats into the harbour.
    Mr Apiti last week told the Waitomo News he plans to contest the fine.
    He has previously admitted to the Waitomo News (June 13) he dug trenches to prevent commercial fishers entering the harbour. Mr Apiti says they are wiping out the seafood resources of the harbour, the physical and cultural life-blood of the tangata whenua.
    However, Mr Apiti denies responsibility for a recent incident where a fisher's vehicle at the harbour had its tyres slashed.
    {} Group pushes for harbour protection
    {} Maori vow to protect pipi beds
    Waitomo News {} Marae protect Aotea seafood

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  9. page Waahi Tapu (Protected Sites) edited WAAHI TAPU SIGN ERECTED AT OIOROA {} Oioroa can be see…

    {} Oioroa can be seen across the water, just in front of Mount Karioi
    Oioroa is the name for the sand dunes, which can be seen across Aotea Harbour, just in front of Mount Karioi.
    Historically Oioroa was a burial site for the ancestors of Ngati te Wehi, but because of wind erosion many remains have been uncovered. As a result remains have been disturbed or removed by people without prior knowledge of both the people of Ngati te Wehi and the Department of Conservation.
    waahiIn response to concerns about the desecration of this very special place the Department of Conservation has recently worked with Ngati te Wehi in erecting signs to help protect this Waahi Tapu.
    Both logos of Ngati te Wehi and the Department of Conservation are displayed as a sign of partnership in this area of concern. The Ngati te Wehi logo is the same symbol as shown in the background of this webpage with "Ngati te Wehi" written above it and "Aotea Moana" written below.
    The sign was erected by Department of Conservation staff in the presence of Ngati te Wehi representatives. Kaumatua , John Apiti, dedicated the sign.
    {} Waahi Tapu Sign for Oioroa
    The Waahi Tapu sign erected by Ngati te Wehi and the Department of Conservation.
    recover=BONE & ARTEFACT=
    recoverAny human bones or artefacts found within, or surrounding, the Aotea areas should be left undisturbed where they are and the Kaitiaki or a Kaumatuacontacted.
    Kaitiaki will inform the closest marae to where the bones or artefacts have been found, so they can be gathered and buried appropriately.
    The police will be notified and information will be passed to them upon request.
    Any bones or artefacts which have been taken for research purposes should inform maraes from the area. Any bones or artefacts taken without permission should be returned.
    Areas known to have urupa (cemetries) on them should have signs erected advising of the sensitive nature of the area and a contact number for people to ring if they do find bones or artefacts.
    Anyone caught removing bones or artefacts from these locations without permission from the kaitiaki, a kaumatua or the nearest marae will be severely reprimanded and will not be permitted to enter any of these areas.
    Anyone representing a tertiary institute or government agency must first contact the kaitiaki, a kaumatua or nearest marae to receive a permit allowing them to enter the areas to gather data or research related to bones or artefacts.
    Photographing of any of bones or artefacts is prohibited without prior approval from a kaumatua.
    Any persons entering areas known to have urupa must be accompanied by a representative from the nearest marae, the kaitiaki, or a kaumatua. If whanau from the area wish to visit these areas, and have knowledge of the protocol associated with bones and artefacts, they may freely visit the urupas. {} Kaumatua gives pre-european skull a home - newspaper article
    HONITI APITI with a pre-European skill he has buried in the family cemetery at Aotea Harbour, near Kawhia on the west coast.

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  10. page Fresh Water Species edited PROTECTING FRESH WATER SPECIES Tuna (freshwater eel) filmed by Davis Apiti in its natural envi…

    Tuna (freshwater eel) filmed by Davis Apiti in its natural environment.
    The monitoring of the fresh water streams for water quality, native fish species and habitat will ensure that these areas are protected.
    The eel fisheries must be maintained to a high standard. This is to ensure that maraes will always have an abundant amount available. From time to time areas will be sanctioned off (no-go zones) to ensure this happens.
    No commercial eeling will be tolerated.
    Native fish such as adult inanga, banded kokopu, giant kokopu, and shortjawed kokopu will have higher priority of protection over introduced species such as brown trout.
    Activities within these areas must be well planned to ensure that they are left as they are found and not interfered with.
    Any accidents, such as spills or chemical pollutants, must be notified to the Kaitiaki immediately.
    Effects of environmental damage must be recorded and appropriate officials (eg Dept of Conservation, Environment Waikato) will be notified.
    Use of heavy machinery in freshwater zones will be strongly discouraged as it has a damaging effect on the ecosystem and its natural features.Native Fresh Water Species
    {} Native Freshwater Species

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