This video is about our sacred house of Ngāpuhi. In saying that, the video also poses the challenge: “How sacred is our house, really?”
Often here in the north, we will hear the tauparapara Te Whare Tapu o Ngāpuhi at the beginning of a mihi, where it still remains.
It needs to be more than just ‘the beginning of a mihi’.
It needs to create and reinforce a sense of well-being to help grow our diverse communities, and that builds on a model of well-being.
This video, in particular, was a personal project with the speaker being my father, Ross Smith who is currently a tutor at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Being the project leader, I created a shooting plan and had the task of editing it. My kaiwahina on the project was Kyley Locke, she was in control of the camera, sound, and final edit.
It was new for us all of us to work in the different roles when it came to video, from camera work, the different angles, to lighting, sound and finally the editing, but it was a big stepping stone and we all learned a lot.
Whakarongo mai, mātakitaki mai.