Bruce Stewart says he has always had a dream…he reckons if you haven't got a dream. you're already dead.

He also said, "Looking back, some of my dreams haven't been up to much - at the time though, it was all I knew." One of them landed him in jail. "It was hard going in there. It's good to hit rock bottom, you start to see stuff that turns your life around - one way or the other." But he believes that jail is really a tax funded, 'Advanced Academy of Crime'.

He is also a hunter - it goes hand in hand with the dreaming. He was hunting for a new direction. He found it in Te Ao Hou, a maori magazine, it said:

"The Marae is my home…it is my place of work. The Marae is my kindergarten right through to my university…it is my Museum…my church…my Art Gallery. It is where I was born and where I will be buried."
Bruce got out of jail with $25 and a dream. He lived in a shed in Newtown, Wellington. He found many young maori, homeless and jobless. He became aware of a Maori underclass and the hopelessness.

"It was not their fault, nor their parents," said Bruce. He took them into his shed to survive - they collected expired day old bread rolls from the rubbish tins of the New World supermarket.

He borrowed some flippers and goggles and taught them to dive for Kaimoana (seafood). It was the start of the co-operative movement that spread throughout the country.

There were many gang confrontations. It was a sad time - there were gang related deaths. It changed when a pakeha was killed. "Wellingtons new mayor, Micheal Fowler turned up with a carton of fresh bread and a pound of butter…it was our Christmas dinner" said Bruce. "What can we do to stop this violence? People are terrified" The Mayor asked.

"Help us to live Maori," said Bruce.

"It started a long relationship and many positive enduring changes happened," said Bruce. "Like when the Prime Minister Robert Muldoon came to see us. He was challenged by one of our young people with The Wero - we welcomed him with a Haka Taiaha that shook the earth".



"Later on he saw young people in the gardens (we grew all our vegetables) others were building on our farm (leased). Young ones were mustering and others were shearing. We farmed sheep, cattle, goats, pigs and had hens and horses. Our babies were well looked after."

"In my view, those times were the most progressive for Maori" said Bruce. "We were given our head. We knew what to do and how to do it. We were not over-governed or governed-down. It was a time of affirmation - we celebrated being Maori. It was a real time of gap closing".

"Sir Robert Muldoon was an out and out Tory but he loved a battler" said Bruce. "He got behind Maori initiatives because he could see it was cost effective. Why spend millions…they'll do it for nothing" said Bruce.

"Sir Robert backed Kohanga Reo. He put TEP and PEP work schemes in place - it was the forerunner of 2nd chance education that is in place today" said Bruce.

"Tapu Te Ranga Marae stands here as a testament to good, just and fair governance… Tenakorua nga Rangatira, Sir Micheal and Sir Robert…love you both," said Bruce. "The dream is still steady as she goes and on course…though it has hit a real rough patch…both over-governed and governed-down".