Originally Posted by Martin Bell
cometjo, you may have run into this resource: http://www.hana.co.nz/
It was founded by an old ski-racing buddy of mine, Simon Wi Rutene.
Hey thanks Martin, that's a great site, which I had not run across--I guess I'll have to echo CharlieP and say that the knowledge you run across here is amazing. (and btw, CharlieP: I don't do so much on recording traditions, as talking to people about how tradition fits into their lives to day, and what sort of aspirations they have for making "Maoriness" a part of what New Zealand is about.
The sad irony about having this conversation here, is I've only ever had one very bad day of skiing in NZ--when I originally did my fieldwork it was a period in my life when I wasn't skiing, and when I went back there a couple of years ago, all prepared to hit Craigieburn, it was the year no snow fell and all I got was one day at Whakapapa trying to ski breakable crust on rented 165cm consumer slalom skis. Should have gotten a snowboard even if I've only been on one three times!