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The Māori economy in the 19th century.

What probably isn’t recognised is how strong the Māori Economy was in the 19th Century. Particularly prior to the land wars of the 1860’s. Aotearoa in 1800 was a Māori world. Any talk of New Zealanders in the first half the century meant almost e...
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Māori creation mythology Part 2

In Part 1 we spoke to the very early beginnings of creation. Io Matua Kore, the parentless one, the supreme and divine being, who possessed all potentialities (that reside within us all, both within and without) and who’s essence fertilised the ot...
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Indigenous Knowledge, Intellectual property & business.

Recently, there has been a revived interest in indigenous ways of thinking. Even from a business perspective, it is being recognised that indigenous frameworks can allow a more sustainable way of living and working.  But to really understand indig...
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What is Tikanga?

Tikanga is a Māori concept based around customary practices or principles.The word “tikanga" is a derivation of the word “tika” meaning ‘right' or 'correct.’ Ultimately derived from Proto Eastern Polynesia tika means ’straight, correct, right;, se...
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Short History of Ngāti Wai

Māori histories of Aotea Aotea is the Māori name for Great Barrier Island, the 285 square kilometre island of perfect coasts, lush native forest and supportive, outgoing, friendly people. For centuries, it has been the tribal home of members of th...
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A quick history of Aotea (Great Barrier Island)

Aotea, also known as Great Barrier Island, is the 6th largest island of NZ with an area of 285 sq kilometres. It is where we make your products and it is also our namesake.Māori named the island Aotea meaning white cloud (ao – cloud, tea – white) ...
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