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Two great talks coming up


This Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 5:30pm – 7:00pm in Archway 2 Lecture Theatre (This is a Public Lecture, open to all.)

The Fulbright/Te Tumu lecture by Sir Tamati Reedy (Ngāti Porou)

“Ngā Wai Whakaata o Hine-Kauorohia: The Reflecting Waters of Hine Kauorohia”

Professor Sir Tāmati Reedy

Professor Sir Tāmati Reedy

The Māori goddess Hine-kauorohia allows us to look into the stillness of her reflecting waters to see the past with clarity, gaze at ourselves in the shimmering present, and with a finger-touch, fathom a ruffled glimpse of the future.

The mauri, the life-essence, of Aotearoa New Zealand is our sense of nationhood. What is it? Who says so? I will focus on the themes of our history – Māori and Pākehā – reflecting on the hopes and promises of our partnership under the Treaty of Waitangi. I will comment especially on themes of our relationships: economic (land and people), socio-cultural (the realities of race-relations, identity and democracy), educational (the way to advantage), political (levers of power and privilege) and of course, my place as Māori in the future Aotearoa New Zealand.” – Sir Tamati Reedy


Dr Jim Williams giving the Te Tumu Seminar on Wednesday 8.

To watch this LIVE, click here.

Jim Williams[1]

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Seminar Video: Killing Demons and Cultural Collisions

A Te Tumu Seminar by Megan Pōtiki, 16 July 2014.

“Killing Demons” is the title of a detailed account of tapu clearing activities that occurred at Ōtākou in 1865.  The diary extract was written by H.K. Taiaroa.  This account is an incredible example of a collision of fundamentally different religious beliefs.  Christianity and Christian prayer meets one of the significant Māori demi gods.