Gospel bicentennial: Has it been good news for Māori?

Christmas 2014 marks the bicentennial of the first Christian service in NZ. However in light of its pivotal role in the colonisation of indigenous Aotearoa, as well as its overbearing silence towards present day socio-ecological inequity, why should we be celebrating something that isn’t really good news?

Māori Privilege: Ramblings of a privileged Māori

Contrary to what some may believe, Māori aren’t privileged citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr (yes this guy is learned) Jamie Whyte and Winston Peters would obviously beg to differ, as their recent… Continue reading

We can #EndNeoliberalism in New Zealand – Ramblings of a #Maori Socialist

“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.”… Continue reading

New Zealand politics: Labour needs to remember who they’re fighting – ramblings of a #Māori socialist

National will win the 2014 elections, but it won’t be due to any politicking by the Right. Since David Cunliffe became the leader of the NZ Labour Party, the political Centre-Left has gravitated… Continue reading

Tim Wilson, George Brandis and Section 18c – systemic racism in Australia stoops to a new low

Usually the end of the year is a season of festivity not right wing political reforms upholding systemic racism. The Australian attorney general, George Brandis, has appointed Tim Wilson as the country’s ‘Freedom’… Continue reading

Tony Abbott would see the indigenous incarceration rate rise just to save $9m

Mass indigenous imprisonment seems to be a trend for colonial governments – Australia though, appears to pride itself on a whole new different meaning of systemic racism. Yesterday PM Tony Abbott announced funding… Continue reading

The irony of New Zealand and the Avatar Sequels: ramblings of a Maori socialist

Given the current political climate surrounding New Zealand’s growing chumminess with multinational corporations (as well as the country’s colonial history) one could unquestionably agree that Aotearoa is the right place for the filming… Continue reading

Manaakitanga, indigeneity and nationhood: ramblings of a Maori socialist

  As the government targets to resolve all historical Treaty claims by 2014[1] (more likely 2016), the subsequent aftermath will be intriguing to observe, as the historic transition is bound to be marked… Continue reading

Colin Craig and the threat to mana tangata whenua

“You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say you are free… Continue reading

An open letter to Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia

Tēnā kōrua Tariana and Pita, I write to ask you both, as the Minister of Māori Affairs and the Minister of Whānau Ora, to rectify the tapu that has been disregarded. Explicitly, I… Continue reading