In response to Engles-Swartzpaul and Wikitera’s “Take me away . .. . In
search of original dwelling” this reading is about western culture using Maori and Samoan culture for capital gain. the government would want to display or create resorts inspired by maori and Samoan culture. They would displace and send meeting houses and artwork overseas to be displayed. However this was unethical due to maori and Samoan people wanting there treasures to be returned to home and not used for profit. ( Engles-Swartzpaul &Wikitera’s, 10), Western governments wanted to create ” profit without exploration “. I don’t think it was the governments intention to disrespect the cultures at hand. They did want to display the unique culture New Zealand has, however they went about it in the wrong way. Displacing or sending away art and house that have significant importance to the people is wrong and using it for capital gain. Again its the level of ignorance towards the cultures at had lead to this situation. There needs to be better respect and communication towards the Maori and Samoan culture.
Featured image -Rosanna Raymond in front of Hinemihi. Photo: Engels-Schwarzpaul 2008