M?Ori Culture

Dennis Goodboy

Hi pup fans!

I'm currently in Tianjin . I'll tell you all about that another week, but I just have to say that polo is my new favourite activity. I wonder if I can persuade one of the riding centres in Hong Kong to host a canine polo tournament ...

Tuesday, 5 July, 2011, 12:00am

Whale Rider

Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes Directed by: Niki Caro Year of original release: 2002 Genre: Drama


Whale Rider was a small independent film in 2002 that took the world by storm. Produced in New Zealand and shot at locations where the story takes place, Whale Rider starred a 12-year-old girl who had never acted before.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

New Zealand

Among international institutions of its kind, the New Zealand Film Archive is hardly one of the most well-known: established only in 1981, the organisation's low profile is seemingly tied to the country's comparatively small cinematic output.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Maori history comes to life

Summerhill Recreational Farm not only provides a variety of trails for hikers and bikers, and breathtaking views of the Bay of Plenty, it offers a powerful history lesson.

31 May 2008 - 12:00am

A whale of a tale filled with magic and lessons for life

The Whale Rider

By Witi Ihimaera

Published by Harcourt

ISBN 0 15 205016 7

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Mystical Maori tale enchants readers from first page to last

There is magic on every page of Witi Ihimaera's The Whale Rider, from the mystical opening to the moving climax.

Here the magic is not of the witches and wizards variety, but comes from a simple story beautifully written about real people connecting with their enigmatic past and moving into the future with pride and understanding. The Whale Rider is something special.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Haka powers rugby players

Enthusiastic young rugby players gave a surprise performance of a lively haka war cry at a rugby dinner in Hong Kong this week.

The haka was made famous by New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team who perform it before each match.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

War cry

The haka is a traditional Maori dance that is more familiar to sports fans as it is performed by New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team before every match. The ritual is performed to promote New Zealand's heritage and perhaps also to intimidate the other team and motivate the players to win.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


'Forceful, often vindictive anger'

30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

MADD for it

Vanessa Wong and Alexandra Murray-Tacon, both eight, play with Maori sticks as their friends go crazy with art at the German Swiss International School on the Peak during the primary section's 'Lets go MADD in arts week', devoted to music, art, drama and dance.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

Cable TV scoops top awards

Cable TV's production team won one gold, two silver and three finalist awards at the Promax & BDA World Awards 2004.

A gold award in the Special Project category was awarded to a Euro 2004 on-air promotion 'Euro 04 Image - Big Thing Coming'.

10 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Sevens haka a tribute to great heritage

I refer to the letter from Dawn Irvin headlined 'Event's haka demeans Maori tradition' (South China Morning Post, March 2).

She was referring to a group of Chinese scholarship rugby players who performed a haka prior to the draw for the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.

8 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Event's haka demeans Maori tradition

As New Zealanders now living and working in Hong Kong, my husband and I have anticipated the Hong Kong Sevens with great enthusiasm. This anticipation was soured greatly when we read in your sports pages that a group of Chinese scholarship rugby players performed a haka prior to the draw ('HK given rough deal for sevens showpiece,' South China Morning Post, February 27).

2 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Progressive Patu primed for pay-out

PATU (Nap) looks ready to make an impact on local for the first time since arriving from New Zealand last season when he contests the final event on the Happy Valley equitrack this evening.

The five-year-old was only lightly-raced at home, finishing second first time out over 1,400 metres and then scoring over a mile before moving to Bruce Hutchison.

27 Oct 1993 - 12:00am