Kiwi Bloke’s father, Turoa Kiniwe Royal, received a doctorate in literature recently at Massey University in New Zealand. The YouTube video showing the ceremony is in Maori, which is beautiful even if I don’t understand it. (The video might be slow to load.) The five men performing the haka in the audience at the ceremony are Kiwi Bloke’s brothers. I watched the Maori language channel a little every day while we were in New Zealand, so it was fun to see it again. Dr. Royal is a pioneer in advancing Maori language and education.
I met Kiwi Bloke online through my post about the hilarious musical duo “Flight of the Conchords”. Kiwi Bloke is an expert on all things Kiwi, and I’ve learned a lot about beautiful New Zealand from reading his blog. I fell in love with the country after my all-too-brief visit there in February.
Here are Kiwi Bloke’s posts about his father’s doctorate, beginning with the post announcing the honor. (We’re switching between spelling “honor” the Kiwi way and the North American way.) The last two links are articles about the award.