“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 to compete with all the others, and still just believe that you have been completely fair.” – Lyndon Johnson, Affirmative Action, 1965 […]Read more "Colin Craig and the threat to mana tangata whenua"
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 am referring to the comments and actions made by John Tamihere and Willie Jackson over the past week. As prominent Māori leaders, […]Read more "An open letter to Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia"
“Indeed the Pākehā did have some useful technology but not the kindness of heart to see that Māori also possessed much great technology which if Pākehā were prepared to adopt would lead to stability and peace and the building of a great new society”. – Te Whiti, 1882 Today on 5th November 1881, the New […]Read more "#Parihaka – peace, revolution & the hope for a better NZ"
“Tama Tu Tama Ora, Tama Noho Tama Mate” – To stand is to live to lie down is to die The winds are changing in New Zealand politics and the movement of the left is going to silhouette the 2014 elections. The resurgence in New Zealand socialism and the centre-left is the fruits (or the […]Read more "#Maori need to vote left: indigenous politics in NZ"
This year has witnessed mass movements of indigenous eco-protests the world over, silhouetting a diverse stand against the land-and-resource-monopoly of big multinational corporations. Sadder than the nil coverage of mainstream media, as well as the sell-out agenda of participating governments, is the police brutality that continues to protect corporate greed. For the events that unfolded […]Read more "#Elsipogtog: Police brutality and corporate greed in Canada"
I propose that gender is not a static, platonically absolute ideal. Our humanity, and thus our sexuality, means so much more than simplistic metaphysical maleness and femaleness occupying female and male bodies. Irony is a bastard: I don’t know whether to call it an obsession or an ambivalent affinity, but ironically the sexual policing by […]Read more "The good news of sexuality"
The top 100 billionaires added $240 billion to their wealth in 2012- enough to end world poverty four times over.” As the chasm between the rich and poor widens, it is evident that a more creative approach needs to replace the trickle-down theory. There needs to be a comprehensive system that takes into account ‘all’ […]Read more "Tax havens and the capital of the 1%"
Six years ago on October 15th 2007, the New Zealand police flexed their authority in a nationwide sweep on supposed ‘terrorists.’ Later known as Operation 8, the raids arrested an initial 17 in which 4 of them – Tame Iti, Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara, Emily Bailey and Urs Signer – were later vilified as the ‘Urewera […]Read more "We will remember Operation 8: Police terrorism"
“Ki ngā mana ki ngā mauri o te whenua i raro iho i ngā tikanga o tātou tūpuna” – The prestige and life force of the land is enhanced beneath the mantle of our ancestral ways In a majority of indigenous cultures the Earth is not seen as a pool of capital resource nor a […]Read more "Earth Mother and multinational corporations: someone rather than something"
The TPPA is not in the best interest of the average person. It isn’t in the best interest of the environment, intellectual property, the labour force, health care, local economies, indigenous people groups and local businesses. It isn’t just any run of the mill free trade agreement; it is THE international free trade agreement that […]Read more "Money talks: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)"