Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies


Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet is coming to Victoria

Date: 5 October 2016

Time: 12.00 pm

Venue: Te Herenga Waka Marae, 46 Kelburn Parade

Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet is “a serious black comedy about a real fight with depression”. Multiple award winning actor Rob Mokaraka performs his personal story about a real fight with a bullet and depression that ended in him being shot by Police at his Point Chevalier home in 2009. The show is about a depressed bullet looking for Rob Mokaraka. Using a blend of mime, stand-up comedy, dance moves and puppetry, Rob illuminates the dark, slices in to awkward places creating hope, love and laughter ultimately creating a safe space for communities to talk and know they are not alone and there are positive ways forward together. The show will be followed by a facilitated discussion for the audience to feedback their experiences of watching the play.

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MAI Conference 2016

Date: 23–25 November 2016

Time: 10.00 am

This year MAI ki Pōneke is hosting the annual Māori and Indigenous (MAI) doctoral students' conference at Te Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University of Wellington.

The theme for this year’s conference is "He hono tāngata e kore e motu, kāpā he taura waka e motu: Bonds between people cannot be broken, unlike the severable canoe rope".

This theme reflects the important connections that the MAI doctoral students make along their journey. We encourage presenters to share how their research can act as a conduit for connectivity between people: kia kaha ai ngā hononga i waenganui i a tātou te tangata.

Further information about the conference and registration details can be found on the MAI Conference 2016 website. Please direct any enquiries to maikiponeke@vuw.ac.nz.

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Waikato Waiata, Waikato Tangata: Songs of the Rangiriri Prisoners

Date: 7 October 2016

Time: 12.10 pm

Venue: Old Kirk 406 (F L Wood Seminar Room), Level 4, Old Kirk, Kelburn campus

After the Battle of Rangiriri in 1863 some 180 Maori were taken prisoner, transported to Auckland and incarcerated on the prison hulk Marion. Separated from their families, kept in suspense as to what was to be done with them, and faced with both the loss of their lands and resources and grossly inhumane living conditions aboard the Marion, these Prisoners of War, in a remarkable feat of perseverance, wrote down some 142 pages of waiata (songs), whakatauki (proverbial sayings), karakia (ritual incantations) and korero (narrative passages). This seminar explores these texts as a means of articulating contemporary Maori perspectives on the realities and effects of the bloody nineteenth-century New Zealand Wars, perspectives which are largely absent from the mainstream historiography.

Arini Loader is a lecturer in History and Mike Ross is a lecturer in Te Kawa a Maui/School of Maori Studies at Victoria University.

For more information contact Professor Charlotte Macdonald (charlotte.macdonald@vuw.ac.nz; 04 463 6761), History Programme Seminar Convenor.

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