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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Matata subdivision sit-in : "
Iwi staged a sit-in at a new eastern Bay of Plenty subdivision yesterday after human bones were found at the site.
A representative of Tuwharetoa, Ngati Umutahi, Ngati Rangitihi and Ngati Pikiao iwi, Colleen Skerrett-White, said the find meant the area at Matata was considered 'waahi tapu' (very sacred). "

Friday, October 24, 2003

McSkimming pots dug up at Benhar
Balclutha: A slice of South Otago history was slowly unearthed at Benhar, north of Balclutha, on Saturday.
Thirty rare domestic bowls and jars produced at the former McSkimming Pottery plant at Benhar in the 1920s were dug up by a joint Otago Museum-University of Otago archeological expedition.
Museum humanities curator Dr Dimitri Anson said the aim was to find and excavate dumps of domestic pottery produced at the mill at Benhar, 3km north of Balclutha.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Post-Graduate Courses in Maritime Archaeology
Program overview
Flinders University (Adelaide) offers both on-campus and by distance learning graduate course work program in Maritime Archaeology, incorporating a:
Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology 1 semester (6 months)
Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology 2 semesters (12 months)
Master of Maritime Archaeology 3 semesters (18 months)
Graduate studies in maritime archaeology at Flinders University is intended to meet the needs of graduates in archaeology and related disciplines who wish to specialise in maritime archaeology. These courses are designed to be modular and sequential, allowing students to progress from one course to another at their own pace and in a manner that suits their own situation.
The Graduate Diploma and Masters programs will include the opportunity to acquire extensive practical skills in maritime archaeological and underwater archaeological fieldwork and laboratory research.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

The sale of much of the content of the Wagener Museum from Houhora proceeded recently. The catalogue is online at Webbs There was some important Maori material.
NZAA deplores that private museums can be in a situation of attracting donations of material from a community only to diperse them when financial stringency intervenes.
The Museum had been in financial difficulty. The trustess decided it had to get smaller to survive. A smaller version with more localised displauys is to re-open in future.

When the sale was first proposed NZAA was alarmed that some of the Mt Camel material there might be going to be sold and dispersed. We were in contact with the Museum and Cathy Barr paid a visit expressing our concern. Fortunately the Trustees decided that this national treasure would be retained, so it is safe for the moment.

Srtill there was some important material in the sale. Kath Pricket writes:
"Yesterday at Webb's Wagener Museum auction the prices were extremely high but Auckland Museum managed to acquire the early amulet ($31,000), the rare rua door ($26,000), tapa beater ($1,800), two of the folk art figures ($13,000), and some kete and other smaller things. It was fortunate the Museum was financially empowered for this sale! Sad to see things dispersed into the private ether though."

Monday, October 20, 2003

The Trustees of The Green Foundation for Polynesian Research are offering a number of grants-in-aid of up to circa $2,500 to assist scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees and are preparing research material for publication or extending their research into a post-doctoral programme.
For the 2004 grants, the Trustees are seeking applications associated with research in the following subject areas: prehistory of the Polynesians, historical linguistics of the Oceanic and Polynesian sub-groups of Austronesian languages, and other anthropological studies concerned with Remote Oceanic populations, their historical and contemporary migrations and their Pacific communities.
Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or legally resident in New Zealand: photocopies of documentary evidence of citizenship or residency should accompany the application.
Letters of application should include a full CV, an abstract of the thesis or text accepted by the institution conferring the doctoral degree, a description of the research being prepared for publication or proposed for post-doctoral study, a budget or clear indication of how requested moneys will be used and the names of two professional qualified referees.
Contact details for the applicant and nominated referees should include email and postal addresses, fax and telephone numbers. Applications should be headed “Application: Foundation for Polynesian Research” and addressed to:
Peter Ellis, Trustee
Ellis Gould, Barristers and Solicitors
PO Box 1509
to reach this office no later than Friday, 28 November 2003.

Auckland Astronomical Society Journal
By Bill Keir
Martin Doutré’s book, Ancient Celtic New Zealand, (Dé Danann Publishers, 1999), claims to present “proof” that “ancient New Zealand was occupied by pre-Celtic/Celtic people.” The “proof” consists of his description of his “discovery of ‘stone circle’ astronomical sites in Aranga district, Northland.” Most notable is the “Waitapu Observatory” on Maunganui Bluff which he claims is in excess of 4000 years old and was in use until about 400 years ago when it was “overrun and partially destroyed by Maori warriors.”

There is more at Secret Astronomical Number Codes? Bunkum!

Friday, October 03, 2003

Scoop: Wellesley Street Bridge new link for city
Dr Dunlop said Transit had worked with an archaeologist and with iwi on preserving finds from the Phoenix Foundry, and from the Waiwai Bottlers, and as a result, the New Zealand Archaeological Association had honoured the Grafton Gully project with an award for ‘outstanding efforts in public archaeology’. Dr Dunlop acknowledged the work done by iwi, the people of Ngati Poa, Ngati Whatua and Ngai Tai.

Trust Wahi Tapu registration: Holmes' iwi land intro 'inflammatory'
The Holmes programme has been found in breach of broadcasting standards over a report on a Maori land issue which included an 'inflammatory' introduction by Paul Holmes.
The Broadcasting Standards Authority has ruled the item unbalanced, partially inaccurate and unfair to the Maori complainants.
Reporter Duncan Garner, now with rival channel TV3, said last night that Holmes had rewritten the introduction and it went to air despite the reporter's objection that it was anti-Maori.

Not been his week, has it.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Victoria University of Wellington Continuing Education presents an
archaeological adventure with Peter Adds, Senior Lecturer in Maori Studies
at Victoria University and Bruce McFadgen, a leading New Zealand
archaeologist and 2003 JD Stout Research Fellow at Victoria University.
A wealth of information about New Zealand's pre-history can be discovered
from archaeological finds. This series of lectures and a field trip over
two consecutive days to a part of Wellington's coast between Red Rocks and
Porirua Harbour, will focus on finding midden sites and other remains to
establish evidence of faunal changes in the archaeological records. This
course will include hands-on archaeological experience, introduction to
good archaeological practise and post-analysis work.
Course 03448
Lectures 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m., Thursday 6 November and Tuesday 11 November
Rutherford House, VUW - City Campus
Field trip 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 November
Fee: $200 ($180)

Auckland University Press: Unfolding History, Evolving Identity -- edited by Manying Ip
New book:
Chapter 2 Traces of the Past: Archaeological Insights into the New Zealand Chinese Experience in Southern New Zealand Neville A. Ritchie

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

DNA puts mother of all dingoes at 3000BC
Originally an Indonesian's dog? Our native dingoes.
About 5000 years ago, an Indonesian villager collected his favourite dog, climbed into a canoe and set out across the sea to the land south of his island.
It is just possible that dog became the original dingo - the Eve of the Australian native canine."

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