Week 11 – A2 – Blog Task

Work This Year

1.  My best worked produced would likely be that of the first module, this was the Mihimihi. I would define this as an introduction to yourself to others, in the sense of the studio I expressed this through my building.

2. The work I produced in my final specifically was a building which represented a passion and memorial of great times I had. It was a representative of the water which I have spent multitude amount of time amongst, especially with my father and family. Because of this it has shaped who I am as a person, and could qualify as an introduction to myself.

3. In terms of the consideration into gender, there wasn’t a large focus; this is because when introducing myself I did not find the need to specify or express my gender. I was not held to a gender specific piece of information I was wanting to share with people, I did not find that needed. Once again similar with the indigeneity, I did not specify any form of bias towards my race nor specified what I consider my race to be. However my consideration and/or concern now looking back is if I did focus and bit more about myself would it have resulted in me specifying myself as a New Zealander. Although I was born in England, I came to New Zealand when I was 4 created an identity from being raised here.

Works Cited

Mikaere, Ani. (1994). Māori Women – Caught in the contradictions of a colonised reality.


Week 10 – A2 – Blog Task

1. Creative Non – Fiction piece of my Cultural Identity

A place to be called Preserved

Although I was born in England, I believe myself as a New Zealander, a man of Aotearoa. Therefore I am must look after my Tangata Whenua, putting in conscious efforts into looking after the country I call home. My Father owns land in the realm of the North Island known as Buckland, familiarised by many as Pukekohe, and Localised by most as 1 hour south of Auckland. Part of this land has native bush, a rarity amongst the farming land of Buckland and Pukekohe. A conscious effort, starting from the council and continued by my Father and less significantly I, to preserve this native forest in order to create a conservation for Native plants and animals to live. In this developing world, the effort to preserve Native forest, and maintain ecosystems for animals and plants I believe is crucial, for without these efforts, small or big, shall be substantial in the future. Whether its a small patch of native forest in the land of my father or the Native Forest and the Rise of Preservation in New Zealand (1903 – 1913) it will always be beneficial to the place I call home.

Story based on Act of Preservation of Native Forest in New Zealand.

Works Cited:

Hunt, Bayly. J. “A place to call Preserved” 2016. Writing. Massey University, Wellington.

Mosley,Stephen. “Native Forest and the Rise of Preservation in New Zealand.” Jstor. White Horse Press, 1995. Web. 2010.


Week 9 – A2 – Blog Task

1. The Steps of Powhiri



2. Stereotyping Maori – Stereotyping in general.

A stereotype mentioned in Dick’s lecture was the idea of a Maori being a natural athlete. This stereotype derived from the colonial stereotype of the ‘other’ or being a ‘savage’. This was caused due to their being a idea around the ‘Black other’ being considered masculine image of the primitive, savage warrior/cannibal. They became a ‘military threat’ because of this stereotype. This ties down to the Maori being a natural athlete, due to this idea of ‘Black’ relates to masculinity. The problem with stereotyping, whether it could be seen as a positive it ideally restricts someones individuality, but almost giving guidelines. When someone is given a positive stereotype because of race, they may feel the need to achieve this and if they do not; they are considered lesser, or consider them self lesser.

I have been thinking about the idea of stereotyping, and correct me if I am wrong but through saying the colonial people were stereotyping Maori people, doesn’t that stereotype and generalise all the ‘colonial’ people as those of ill intent that stereotyped races, surely not all of them were of ill intent and were people who stereotyped. But by us stereotyping them doesn’t that make us also people who stereotype. How does one get around this idea?

Week 8 – A2 – Blog Task

Image on Poverty

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Child Poverty. Childpovert.co.nz N.D. Web. 27/09/2016.

An image used in Greg’s lecture was a poster advertisement expressing the poverty of children in New Zealand. Although at first sight one would not deem this poster derogatory, however small insignificant details show stereotypes which are racially focused. A strong example of this is the mat, which has a resemblance to Maori and Polynesian culture. This therefore is stereotyping Maori and Polynesian family’s to be a main or huge cause which is very racially derogatory. The need to specifically seek out a race, generalises and detract from an entire race.

Event timeline:

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Works Cited

Hunt, Bayly. J. Significant Events in New Zealand History. 2016. digital. Bayly Hunt, Wellington, New Zealand.

Week 7 – A2 – Task



  1. The most significant point I found curious was the deliberate focus on Polynesians and not of other races. Sarah Jane in my tutorial also brought to my attention that no English people were exported during the Dawn raids. This and the fact that I know little to no information on this dark history.

2. The National party during the ‘Dawn Raids’ depicted the problems that caused the unemployment rates, were the large number of immigrants, and the horrors of it. There was a explicit call out of Polynesian looking character as it quoted “especially those who came from other places expecting great things.”(National Party Advert). A deliberate focus and call out to Polynesians being a cause or the of lack of jobs.

3. ‘Dawn Raids’ was about exportation’s of Polynesians during the mid 70’s due to new immigration implementations and laws.Polynesians were getting unjustly discriminated against and exported – being dominantly blamed for employment issues. They were being unlawfully treated and kicked out of their homes through masses of raids.


Works Cited

Paul Spoonley, ‘Ethnic and religious intolerance – Intolerance towards Pacific migrants’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/28182/national-party-advertisement

Week 6 – Blog Task

The main visual and material culture has been predominantly written by the western culture due to the fact that originally there was a lack of Maori in the beginning of Aotearoa’s history where Maori could read or write in English. So it was mainly endorsed only from the Western perspective. Furthermore the Western population is a lot larger than that of the Maori, therefore less voices.

A strong example of this is the seen by the artist Isaac Gilseman’s. He created an illustrated scene of Maori culture. According to the western culture this would be classified stereotypical Maori culture. Gilseman tries to frame the Maori visual and material culture, however fails with his lack of context or enough understanding. Failing to recognise parts of the culture such as traditional tattoos and weaving.

Week 5 – Blog task


Belich, James. “Chapter 8: Making empire?” Making Peoples: A history of the New Zealanders, from Polynesian settlement to the end of the nineteenth century. Hawai’i Press, 2001. 179-203. Print

In this chapter, James Belich describes how and why the British took sovereignty over New Zealand from the Maoris’. Broken down in 3 sections they  describe as such: British Intervention; this section focuses on the British introducing themselves to New Zealand and profitability for Britain with the taking over of New Zealand State and Treaties focuses on the Treaty’s signed along the settlers and Maori and their differences and force. Lastly Converting consent is about the British trying to obtain consent from the Maori people. All the sections shared the similarity in regards to the fact that the British remained sly, deceitful and liars in order to gain power over New Zealand and did so successfully. Dick in his lecture talked about how countries and nations are some what imaginary; that they were created in order for powerful people could own they nations and countries they found. New Zealand is a example of this; was New Zealand coming as a nation mainly a ploy to enable the British Empire to have power over the country and own the land? This is relate able to exactly what  Belich was talking about; describing the ways the British over came obstacles stopping them from gaining the power and land they so greedily wanted.

Work Cited

Belich, James. “Chapter 8: Making empire?” Making Peoples: A history of the New Zealanders, from Polynesian settlement to the end of the nineteenth century. Hawai’i Press, 2001. 179-203. Print