Posts by irkstyle

  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…, in reply to bob daktari,

    Find someone who will help you with the mouthfeel of the vowels. Don't look at the words - from experience, that's often what trips people up.

    Since Oct 2008 • 5 posts Report

  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…,

    I'm working in a school that has embraced Maori tikanga and kawa as a way to strengthen the way the tutors teach and the students learn. It's been a fascinating experience to see a version of a bicultural organisation in evolution. For me, it's led to conversations about te reo and the inextricable link between the language and some version of spirituality (outside of the organisation). Bound up in all of that is the very different worldviews that Maori work in - the structures and relationships that dictate behaviour in certain situations.
    I have so many thoughts on this that I am struggling to articulate them.

    Since Oct 2008 • 5 posts Report

  • Up Front: P.A. Story,

    I vote for a bit of #maorifynz e.g. "Everything is better with a tiki!" That will go well with a period dramedy.

    Since Oct 2008 • 5 posts Report

  • Up Front: Day Five,

    thank you for writing this. arohanui to all there.

    Lilith - apparently it's "Mr Tulip"

    Since Oct 2008 • 5 posts Report

  • Busytown: Rocky Mountain hi!,

    great post, sounds like you are having an interesting time.

    Vaguely remembered from the "Ever wondered about food?" tv show - black tea should be made with boiling water as it is best for the leaves. (can't remember exactly why but it is probably something to do with enzymes and breaking open the flavour, stopping bitterness etc. other teas should be made with slightly cooler hot water otherwise the leaves will cook.) regardless of ettiquette if you take sugar and milk in your tea, add them to the cup then pour the tea over. taste test proves this is better. Never add milk and sugar before the teabag and water. bleuch.

    ah, perfect cuppa recipe. (still no explanation of why boiling water though.)

    Since Oct 2008 • 5 posts Report