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  • The New Zealand Army Mourns Its Dead With An Ancestral War Dance

    08/30/2012 6:33:02 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-30-2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    The New Zealand Army Mourns Its Dead With An Ancestral War Dance Geoffrey Ingersoll Aug. 30, 2012, 8:21 AM via YouTubeA post by the New Zealand Defence Force has gone viral recently. It's a "Maori" ritual dance, essentially the way Kiwi Soldiers memorialize brothers killed in combat, and it's so awesome it would make any active duty service member want to re-enlist. According to the New Zealand Herald: The 2nd and 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment performed the moving tribute for Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, and Private Richard Harris, 21, at their funeral...
  • Woman among three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghan blast

    08/27/2012 2:09:04 PM PDT · by archy · 6 replies
    Australia Network News ^ | Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:16am AEST | staff
    Woman among three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghan blast New Zealand prime minister John Key vowed not to "cut and run" from Afghanistan after three New Zealand soldiers, including a woman, were killed in a huge roadside bomb blast. The New Zealand Defence Force says the soldiers were in the last vehicle of a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device in north-east Bamyan Province. Mr Key has named the three soldiers as Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, Private Richard Harris, and Corporal Luke Tametea. Lance Corporal Baker, a medic, is New Zealand's first female casualty in Afghanistan....
  • Read Between The Lines: Hollywood Mogul Buys 2,600 Acres Of Farmland; Moving To New Zealand

    02/01/2012 8:54:40 PM PST · by blam · 72 replies · 1+ views
    SHTF Plan ^ | Mac Slavo
    Read Between The Lines: Hollywood Mogul Buys 2,600 Acres Of Farmland; Moving To New Zealand Mac Slavo February 1st, 2012 James Cameron, the Hollywood producer responsible for blockbuster films like Terminator, Titanic and Avatar, is reportedly preparing to exit stage left. While the move for the Canadian born Cameron may initially be perceived as a rejection or denouncement of American policies and ideals, Cameron, who has made campaign donations to the Democrat Party in the past, most notably during the 2004 Presidential election where he supported democrat John Kerry, may have ulterior motivations, as evidenced by where heís planning on...
  • Ancient DNA points to Maori feather trade

    06/05/2011 9:04:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Nature ^ | 23 May 2011 | Ewen Callaway
    When New Zealand's Maori tribes went into battle, combatants enveloped in kiwi feather cloaks were spared from harm by their foes. The laboriously crafted cloaks, known as Kahu kiwi, were so revered that some were given names -- one, called Karamaene, was traded with the Auckland Museum in exchange for a giant wooden war canoe. Now, kiwi DNA preserved in such cloaks -- some dating back to the nineteenth century -- has revealed clues to the origin and construction of Kahu kiwi, and hinted at a previously unknown trans-island feather trade1. David Lambert, an evolutionary geneticist at Griffith University in...
  • Early settlers rapidly transformed Kiwi forests with fire

    12/16/2010 8:45:15 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Sify ^ | Tuesday, December 14, 2010 | ANI
    Charcoal recovered from lakebed sediment cores has shown that just a few large fires within 200 years of initial colonization destroyed much of the South Island's lowland forest. Dave McWethy and Cathy Whitlock from Montana State University led the international team that carried out the study. Previous research by co-authors Matt McGlone and Janet Wilmshurst at Landcare Research in New Zealand showed that closed forests covered 85-90 percent of New Zealand prior to the arrival of Polynesians (Maori ) 700-800 years ago, but by the time Europeans settled in the mid 19th century, grass and shrubs had replaced over 40...
  • How You Gonna Keep Her Down at the White House, After She's Seen Maori?

    06/09/2008 8:08:49 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies · 61+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine that a conservative commentator had suggested that Hillary would rather spend time up-close-and-personal in the company of bare-chested warriors than with Bill. Cries of sexism and intrusion on privacy could be expected to echo through the media. But don't expect the MSM to blink over Mika Brzezinski having suggested the same regarding Laura and George W. With Joe Scarborough off today, Mika again was in the Morning Joe host chair. One of Willie Geist's light-hearted "News You Can't Use" items focused on Laura Bush's surprise trip to Afghanistan, and the display of the traditional Maori haka dance that New...
  • French Museum Tries To Return Maori Head

    10/27/2007 8:18:20 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 42+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10-24-2007 | Angela Doland
    French museum tries to return Maori head By ANGELA DOLAND, Associated Press Writer Wed Oct 24, 11:47 PM ETAP Photo: This photo provided Wednesday Oct. 24, 2007 by the Rouen townhall, Normandy, shows a drawing... PARIS - The Normandy museum only wanted to do what was right: It offered to return a preserved, tattooed Maori head to New Zealand, an attempt to restore dignity to human remains that were long put on display as an exotic curiosity. Instead, authorities in the Normandy city of Rouen got a scolding from the culture minister for not checking with national authorities first. A...
  • UN Passes Treaty on Native Rights

    09/13/2007 1:22:55 PM PDT · by processing please hold · 104 replies · 907+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 13, 2007
    The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples after 22 years of debate. The treaty sets down protections for the human rights of native peoples, and for their land and resources. It passed despite opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. They said it was incompatible with their own laws. There are estimated to be up to 370 million indigenous people in the world. They include the Innu tribe in Canada, the Bushmen of Botswana and Australia's Aborigines. Campaigners say they are under greater pressure than ever, as developers,...
  • Gene study suggests Polynesians came from Taiwan

    07/05/2005 6:34:19 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 59 replies · 1,830+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 4, 2005 | Anon
    A genetic study helps confirm the theory that Polynesians, who settled islands across a vast swathe of ocean, started out in Taiwan, researchers reported on Monday. Mitochondrial DNA, which is passed along virtually unchanged from mothers to their children, provides a kind of genetic clock linking present-day Polynesians to the descendants of aboriginal residents of Taiwan. Samples taken from nine indigenous Taiwanese tribes -- who are different ethnically and genetically from the now-dominant Han Chinese -- show clear similarities between the Taiwan groups and ethnic Polynesians, Jean Trejaut and Marie Lin of Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei and colleagues reported....
  • Maoris 'facing extinction' from diabetes

    11/13/2006 9:19:04 PM PST · by Brian Allen · 73 replies · 1,743+ views
    Dominion Post (New Zealand) ^ | Tuesday November 14 2006 | None ascribed
    Escalating rates of diabetes among indigenous cultures could make the Maori and Polynesian races "extinct" before the end of the century, an Australian expert warns. Professor Paul Zimmet, director of Monash University's International Diabetes Institute, said the rising number of diabetes victims among the world's indigenous communities would decimate entire cultures. "Without urgent action there certainly is a real risk major wipings out of indigenous communities, if not total extinction, within this century," he said. "Life expectancy is already low and dropping, diabetes is hitting them very hard and the infections, amputations and kidney disease will just wreak more havoc."...
  • Once were warriors: gene linked to Maori violence

    08/10/2006 1:51:50 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 19 replies · 676+ views
    The Sidney Morning Herald ^ | 09 Aug 2006 | AAP
    MAORIS carry a "warrior" gene that makes them more prone to violence, criminal acts and risky behaviour, a scientist has controversially claimed. Dr Rod Lea, a New Zealand researcher, and his colleagues told an Australian genetics conference that Maori men had a "striking over-representation" of monoamine oxidase - dubbed the warrior gene - which they say is strongly associated with aggressive behaviour. He says the unpublished studies prove that Maoris have the highest prevalence of this strength gene, first discovered by US researchers but never linked to an ethnic group. This explains how Maoris migrated across the Pacific and survived,...
  • Health book tells Maori to smoke

    09/30/2005 3:36:09 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 21 replies · 752+ views
    Maori have every right to enjoy smoking, gambling and eating fatty foods if they want to - and Maori health workers who say otherwise are just brainwashed "house niggers". That's according to the authors of a controversial new book on Maori health published by one of South Auckland's largest Maori health providers. The Kotahitanga Community Trust, a taxpayer-funded charitable organisation in Counties Manukau, provides health care for more than 5000 patients - 4000 of whom are Maori. The book, Maori Health, was co-authored by trust chairman Peter Caccioppoli and Rhys Cullen, a GP at the trust's Papakura practice and published...
  • US Indians beat Maori for health

    06/08/2005 7:43:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 474+ views
    The health gap between Maori and European New Zealanders is wider than between Native Americans and the United States majority white population, a researcher from Auckland University has found. The results of the study by senior lecturer Dale Bramley, comparing disparities in indigenous health, appeared in the May edition of the American Journal of Public Health. Dr Bramley believes the situation could be significantly improved in New Zealand by introducing policies to reduce inequalities, such as providing more services specifically to Maori. He compared a range of health indicators in the two countries, including life expectancy and infant mortality, immunisation,...
  • Caption This (LOL!)

    03/12/2005 2:02:21 PM PST · by srm913 · 32 replies · 2,058+ views
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  • Muslim faith draws converts from NZ prisons (radical New Zealand Maori embrace jihad)

    10/17/2004 2:38:21 AM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 20 replies · 775+ views
    Stuff.co.nz (Sunday Star Times) ^ | 17 October 2004 | By TIM HUME
    Maori prison inmates, many of them gang members, are converting to a militant, politicised brand of Islam, raising concerns among sections of the Muslim community. Converts are being drawn to the faith through anti-Pakeha sentiment and a fascination with al Qaeda and the radical chic of African-American Muslim icons such as Malcolm X. "The ones coming in, their reasons are they admire Osama bin Laden," says Te Amorangi Izhaq Kireka-Whaanga, leader of the Aotearoa Maori Muslim Association. "They think it's all about fighting Europeans." An Islamic convert of seven years and a staunch Maori nationalist, he sees tino rangatiratanga as...
  • Maori Men And Women From Different Homelands

    09/06/2004 5:15:41 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 3,255+ views
    ABC Science News ^ | 3-27-2003 | Adele Whyte
    Maori men and women from different homelands Thursday, 27 March 2003 "A New Zealand Warrior and his Wife", an engraving from the journal of Captain James Cook's 1784 visit on Endeavour (Pic: State Library of NSW) The male and female ancestors of todayís Maori people of New Zealand originated from different parts of the world, molecular biologists have said. Their claims, made by Masters student Adele Whyte, the Tuapapa Putaiao Maori Fellow at Victoria University in Wellington, and her supervisor Professor Geoff Chambers, will be aired on ABC-TVís science program Catalyst tonight. By comparing the DNA of people from Asia,...
  • Mistaken Identity (NZ oldline leftist fisks today's self-loathing libs' support of i

    08/23/2004 4:33:34 AM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 45 replies · 990+ views
    The Independent (New Zealand) ^ | 18 August 2004 | Chris Trotter
    The Maori Party is already driving a larger and considerably more dangerous wedge into the New Zealand Left than anything so far inserted by the National Party. As it grows in strength and consolidates its already powerful grip on the Maori imagination, the Maori Party has the potential to split Labour into two hostile camps, aggravate racial sensitivities within the trade union movement, and push the Greens below the all-important 5% MMP threshold. The Left's vulnerability to the Maori Party is entirely of its own making. From the early-1980s, the critical "sites of struggle" for most progressive political activists shifted...
  • ACT: The Future (adovates "sink or swim" for NZ Maori - applies to US minorities as well)

    07/09/2004 5:05:53 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 28 replies · 655+ views
    www.rogerdouglas.org.nz ^ | 6 March 2004 | Hon Sir Roger Douglas
    Delivered at the ACT New Zealand 10th Annual Conference Christchurch 6 March 2004 Don Brash has put the cat firmly in the middle of the political pigeons. How should ACT respond? Firstly by acknowledging that Brash was right in what he said. We have to ask ourselves why this one speech overshadowed 7 years of similar statements by ACT; why it reduced Peters from being a threat to National to being a non-entity. Answer - voters believed Brash meant what he said. That comes from having a consistent message which leads to credibility and ultimately confidence. Richard, in difficult circumstances,...
  • Prayers in Parliament, but not Christian ones [New Zealand]

    09/29/2003 2:51:37 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 19 replies · 132+ views
    The Dominion, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | September 30 2003 | Gordon Jon Thompson
    Prayers for staff stress relief The New Zealand Government has started daily Maori prayer sessions to help stressed-out parliamentary workers cope with their jobs. The 25-minute voluntary sessions, due to start this morning, are the brainchild of Oketopa Kuni Shepherd, the new Maori cultural services kaiwhakahaere (coordinator) for Parliamentary Services. "You've got to be creative with people under stress. I thought we'd start the hikoi (journey) to setting people going in a positive way." The session would help clear workers of "any negativity" before starting their day, he said. But National's internal affairs spokeswoman, Judith Collins, said the initiative was...