mauri of me #18


“NZ has a rocket base that’s received $25 million Govt funding & is financially supported by the world’s largest weapons trader, Lockheed Martin”

In other posts, I’ve recently touched on my Father and Land Issues.

Both of these things are things which have shaped Me.

The land that my Father has been wanting to ‘return’ too, and build on, is next to the land in this article.

This has also been a point of dis-contention between us.

Throughout the generations there have been what the Indigenous have referred to as Kupapa, or supporters of the Colonial Cause. Their infamy has taken on a few forms, but selling off land at a pittance, or defrauding their own people are 2 of their most loathsome traits.

In this day and age, Kupapa still exist.

Their rhetoric however, has been tweaked.

Now they tend to espouse that We are not ‘utilising’ our resources properly; or We should ‘collaborate’ with the Crown, usually in the form of receiving their ‘assistance’ … that assistance usually comes with a clause in the documentation which states (in a nutshell), that if the rates are not maintained; the land is not maintained (to their specifications) etc, then the Land becomes the Crowns. We are advised to form Trusts and borrow from banks, using the Land as collateral.

The Land in question at the moment (in the re-blogged article), is next to this Rocket Base.

The long term environmental impact is unknown.

The long term cultural impact can be predicted really.

Again, We will be shafted.

This angst; this fuckery; this … ‘please listen to some kind of reasoning’, but they don’t … is a huge part of my make up … that churns in the depths of my gutt.

It’s why I Respond.

Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

Rocket_Lab_Launch_Complex_1_(Sept_2016) The new rocket launch-pad at Mahia NZ …  Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Rocket Lab is an American aerospace corporation launching out of New Zealand

Did you know that NZ now has a rocket base? This news seems to have flown under the radar for many. I only noticed it myself a month or so ago. The base is actually situated in Mahia on the East Coast of the North Island, however it was originally planned for the South Island at Kaitorete Spit near Christchurch, also near Birdling Flat and the Radar/Haarp Station there. The length of time obtaining consents appears to have been the deciding factor about a change in tack.  Rocket Lab noted one thing that prevented it from launching close to Christchurch which was the need for a cultural impact assessment from the council. A decision was made to locate the launch pad at Mahia instead. A cultural…

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Maimoatia – Pukana & Whanau

love ~ language ~ tangata whenua

k p m ©

Maimoatia ~ Pukana & Whanau, 2016

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e papa ~ herbs

E Papa – Herbs, 1987


mahara [conscious, remember] ~ te piringa

Mahara – Te Piringa Waiata Tira Regionals, 2011


poi e ~ patea maori club

Poi e – Patea Maori Club, 1982


366 reasons to smile ~ +48.

+48. ‘Frybread’ is a ‘Maori’ food; sort of like a cornbread, or a scone – but deep fried – generally served with a shit tonne of butter and/or some sort of syrupy topping 🙂



home, land and sea ~ trinity roots

Home, Land and Sea – Trinity Roots, 2005

responding #2 ~ oh, they say …

light hearted ‘banter’

… tell me is that the same as

light hearted assault?


light hearted rape?


Very different things?

And we have named this

light hearted banter,

‘casual racism’.

Now that must be the same


casual assault

casual rape

if there is such a thing


casual racism.

ponder that.


language ~ annie crummer

Language ~ Annie Crummer, 1992


365 reasons to smile ~ 246.

246. Our second protest with moko number one 🙂 (2012) Some people do picnics … we don’t lol284919_171784039623910_222409127_n