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SimPa does the festival

September 18, 2008


We’ve been SimPa-ing at the Otago Maori and Pacific Island festival today.  What an amazing event, hundreds, perhaps thousands of kids performing and enjoying a wonderful celebration of diverse cultures.   Kids from several of the runaka groups Tori and Amber have been working with were performing.   These are from the combined Peninsula schools.  […]

Footprints and longfins

September 9, 2008


Last night we went to a talk by Metiria Turei about the dramatic collapse in New Zealand’s endemic eel population,  the longfin in particular.    Metiria showed an outstanding film by students from the   Science and Natural History filmmaking programme of the the Centre for Science Communication.    Lindsay Davidson and Melissa Salpietra’s Longfin (mp4 24mins) is a […]

Simpa diaries

August 27, 2008


We’re busily working with runaka on the Simpā project. Tori and Amber are helping communities build capabilities in digital media as part of engaging in their own narratives.   Tori writes up brief notes of each session, and with her permission, I thought I’d share some of them with you. These document a project of combining […]

Simpa as a model of partnership

August 18, 2008


Last month Khyla Russell presented a paper at the Oxford Round Table. The basis of the paper is an examination of the interaction of cultures, with our Simpa project as the main case study. Here’s a working version of the paper. It may eventually form a formal publication (in part or whole), so please contact […]

Te Reo o Otakou: telling stories, building capabilities, connecting people and landscapes

November 23, 2007


There are a thousand stories to tell of the ancestors’ exploits. Stories of romance and battles, exploration and betrayal, adventure and sadness… We are aware that, over the years, many ancestors have left the kaik’, the local village, and now thousands of our relations are spread all over the world unable to return when they […]