Archive for Aotearoa

Maori Bones Make The Journey From Wales Back To Their New Zealand Home

Posted in News, Spot The Poly, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

1880's Maori Woman

The bones of twelve Maori people, one reportedly a female, are finally traveling back to New Zealand after being held in boxes at the National Museum and Gallery of Wales at Cardiff since the 1920’s.

The return of the bones stems from New Zealand’s government mandated Karanga Aotearoa program which negotiates recovery of ancient bones on behalf of the Maori.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s manager, Te Herekiekie Herewini, and co-ordinator Hema Temara held a short spiritual ceremony at the Cardiff museum so as to show respect for the remains. Herewini believes the return of ancient bones to their homeland is of utmost importance:

“This is significant for Maori as it is believed that through the ancestors’ return to their homeland, the dead and their living descendants will retrieve their dignity, and also close the hurt and misdeeds of the past.” LINK!

(Image courtesy of Flickr user fotofrancis)
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Flashback Friday Double Dose! (How Bizarre-OMC)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Music, Spot The Poly, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
image courtesy of mtv

image courtesy of mtv

Here’s the 90’s hit “How Bizarre” from Maori group OMC AND 90’s classic “Pop Up Video”. When I first heard this back in the day, I thought it was a Latin group because it had an island flavor to it but when I saw the video I realized my island hunch was right, but it was actually Aotearoa aka New Zealand because the lead singer was obviously Polynesian.

Pauly Fuemana was so hot. Too bad he wasn’t flanked, besides the backup singer, by any Poly beauties in the video. And is it me, or does he look hella high?

What happened to Pop Up Video anyway? I’m a big trivia person so I use to love this show! Oh, well. At least I can WATCH PAST EPISODES ON VH1.

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO (SORRY. THE VIDEO WAS ACTING UP)

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