Thursday, January 24, 2013

マオリ党、ファンガエフ・マラエ Maori Party and Whangaehu Marae

Saying goodbye to our whanau at Whangaehu Marae
English translation below!




After a departure ceremony at Te Waranaga o Aotearoa Papaioea Campus , we left Palmerston North for the marae (meeting house) of the Maori Party- Whangaehu Marae. After a powhiri (welcoming ceremony) and dinner, we engaged in an intense discussion on politics. Being the marae of the Maori Party our hosts asked us questions to understand the Ainu political situation. We had a candid discussion about the development of movements based on political parities. Considering that the Ainu party has now been formed in Japan, it gave us a chance to consider the world of political movements.

Maori Party co-head Tariana Turia told us how the people here had spent more than half of their lives contemplating their identity. Through the variety of experiences that these people had gone through, they learned the importance of being active in politics. Out of this, the Maori Party was formed.  She emphasized how it is not good to be in a situation where you aren’t able to understand who you are, because then you end up completely depending on the government. Therefore understanding who you are and how you think is very important. 

It is impossible to ignore politics, and politics cannot exist without individuals. They are not mutually exclusive. Either way, the goal is the same. This discussion was extremely valuable for us. During tea time, Maki Sekine begain to teach people how to make the mukkuri (Ainu jaw harp), and Maori Party Te Ururoa Flavell gave it a shot.

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