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.

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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

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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?