We have decided to start a blog. It’s actually been something we have been wanting to do for awhile. The amazing experiences we have on our Soldiers Rd travels are so awesome and the people we meet are so inspiring, we figured, we better share all’a dat! So, no better place to start our Soldiers Rd blog than here in The Big Apple, New York City. It is 2.23am in Hells Kitchen, NY and we are probably severely jet lagged after flying for 25 hours but we are so excited for what we have ahead in these next few weeks. So this first blog post is simply a gentle warning. STAY TUNED TO SOLDIERSRD.NZ. It will be worth the read and watch.
Kia ora to Dr Virginia Franklin, Associate Professor and Fulbright Program Advisor (Students) at St Francis College for sussing our very first space in Brooklyn NY.
Soldiers Rd will be at the Callahan Room, 80 Remsen St, Brooklyn on Sat 15, November. All Nations welcome!
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Ae whanau, Soldiers Rd is off to New York City, where the dream first began after a 2011 visit to the Smithsonian Museum of the Native American. Kia ora to Hera Smith of MOKOism, who arranged for us to be hosted by Red Antler in Brooklyn, a branding & design company specializing in startups and new ventures. Red Antler will host SRP on ……… Also a special thank you to Virginia Franklin who has arranged for us to present Soldiers Rd on Sat 15 November at St Francis College Brooklyn.
A few weeks back, Soldiers Rd got given an amazing opportunity to be involved in an up and coming show soon to be aired on TV2. Off to Christchurch we flew for the day to style, photograph and be apart of the filming for the opening credits of 2Kaha, a show aimed at our rangatahi (but ideally for everyone) highlighting anything hip, cool and positively Maori. Each week Tumehe and Serena (the awesome husband and wife duo sitting front and centre of this pic) will be joined on the couch with inspirational and successful Maori, giving viewers the lowdown on what they do.
We were able to meet some cool people in the process of making the opening credits, and it was the first time Soldiers Rd was hired by a production company to do work on this scale. For that we are so grateful, here’s hoping there is more of that fun stuff to come.
It’s important that we get behind our talented Maori who are out there trying to make a positive difference. So everybody peeping this head to http://www.facebook.com/2KAHA and like the page. They have competitions already (the show hasn’t even aired yet!) and the first being a trip to Samoa to be won. Who doesn’t want to fly to a tropical island and escape the wind and rain?! So head there and like away whanau.
2KAHA airs on TV2 at 10am this Saturday (16th August 2014)
Seven Sisters of Matariki: an exhibition
Ngā Tuāhine e whitu o Matariki
When: 28 June – 19 September Where: Waitakere Central Library, West Auckland Research Centre, Level 2 Cost of entry: Free Celebrate Matariki 2014 with Seven Sisters, a collaboration between Auckland Libraries and Soldiers Road Artists. This exhibition features the work of Soldiers Rd artists Taaniko Nordstrom (stylist) and Vienna Nordstrom (photographer), and was curated by Rachelle Forbes (Kaiwhakahaere Māori). The photo shoot involved seven kaimahi Māori from across Auckland Libraries including:
- Jennifer Barnett – Community Library Manager, Manurewa
- Jamie-Lee Kingi – Library Assistant, Botany
- Lawren Matrix – Librarian Children and Youth, Matariki Clendon
- Anahera Sadler – Pou Whakahaere, Māori Service Development
- Tania Scurr – Librarian Children and Youth, Glen Eden
- Daena Walker – Libraries Advisor Life Long Learning, Service Development
- Kirsty Webb – Team Leader, North Auckland Research Centre
Seven Sisters celebrates the Māori world view quite literally as well as conceptually. Each librarian represents a star of the Matariki constellation. Aesthetically the images are reminiscent of the carte de viste portraits of the 1860s and 1870s, but the purpose or kaupapa behind them is very different. It is important today that as Māori women, we are telling our own stories and ensuring the world sees us through our own eyes. It’s not just about celebration but reclamation. Our connection to our iwi and hapuu alongside our connections to one another, our taonga and our communities are all an important part of our story – and why we do what we do. Auckland Libraries is currently planning its Māori Responsiveness project; our whakautu or response to Auckland Council’s Māori Responsiveness Framework. The exhibition is a creative response by Libraries to encourage learning around the concepts of kaitiakitanga, whakawhanaungatanga, rangatiratanga and mana wāhine.
Inspirational Māori Stories Coming To Māori Television
Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 5:47 pm
Māori Television’s new series, TE ITI KAHURANGI – THE JOURNEY TO SUCCESS, provides fresh and intimate profiles of Māori success across sport, business, the arts and health.
Starting on Monday, February 24 at 8.00pm, the 13-part series features three individuals or groups in every episode, from well-known Māori musicians, aspiring fashion designers and community leaders to PhD students, celebrity chefs and budding entrepreneurs.
Producer Lara Northcroft, of Velvet Stone Media Ltd, says the show gives a good, rounded look into the lives of different people and showcases the stories that we don’t often hear about.
“Everybody has an amazing dad or an amazing aunty that has a story to tell… and we really want to acknowledge the talent in our communities.
“As Māori we look at success differently, it’s not just about how much you earn, it is about how we look after ourselves, our whānau, hapū and iwi.”
In the series we meet Mihikore Owen, wfaho after a successful 16 years as a police officer decided to upskill herself and with another two years of training she finally became a fully-fledged detective.
Her story doesn’t end there however, and after breaking her neck and being recently diagnosed and treated for cancer Mihi now has a new take on the important things in life.
In the first episode of TE ITI KAHURANGI – THE JOURNEY TO SUCCESS on February 24 at 8.00pm we visit Ria Hall, who has been making waves on the mainstream music scene since her performance at the opening of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Since then, the singer/songwriter has been riding the wave of success going on to win both a Māori Music Award and a NZ Music Award.
The first episode of the show will also feature make-up designer Phoenix Renata of Phoenix Cosmetics and portrait photographers Taaniko Nordstrom and Vienna Nordstrom of Soldiers Rd Portraits, who launched their vintage-style portraits at the Kawhia KaiFest in early 2013, and had no idea they had hit upon a winning business idea.
Tune in to TE ITI KAHURANGI on Mondays at 8.00pm from February 24 for positive success stories that extend beyond financial wealth and societal expectations.