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AuthorJade Marino Gifford

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October 1, 2018

As most of you probably know a couple of weeks ago was Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. One of the events we held was our annual taupatupatu at Te Herenga Waka marae. This year we had two debates — one te Reo and one English, tauira vs pūkenga. The tauira took out the English […]

September 24, 2018

Many tauira Māori feel the pressures of what it means to be the first in their whānau to attend university. What it feels to have the weight of our tīpuna on our shoulders. And the inherent pressure to succeed that comes with that. Drop-out rates for Māori students in tertiary education are still disproportionately high. One reason […]

August 13, 2018

Te Herenga Waka Being Māori at university is not easy. You go to your classes, your tutorials, do your assignments, get graded. You are judged by the words you put on the paper, and then branded with a letter. You’re respected as an individual, not as a culmination and representation of your whānau, your marae, […]

May 21, 2018

Mi Casa, Su Casa I’ve noticed that when shoes come off at the marae, they seem to enter a period of liminalness, of no longer belonging to the individual, but to the collective. List of the 5 Types of Shoes Most Likely to Disappear (or be “borrowed”) at the marae: 1. Jandals — Easy to […]

March 5, 2018

Being an “us” at university Recently, I’ve heard the same story come up in a number of conversations with different people. The story has Pacific origins and it goes something like this: a student walks into his class, and the teacher asks him to stand up and talk about himself, he’s asked something along the […]

September 11, 2017

He marama taimaha rawa atu tērā marama mō te iwi ō Pātea a Ngāti Ruanui i te whakaaetanga o te keringa o te one rinorino i te takutai o Taranaki ki te tonga. He mea whai tata tēnei whakatau i ngā tautohetohe i waenga i te Kāwanatanga, Trans-Tasman Resources, ngā iwi o Taranaki, Greenpeace me te rōpū KASM (Kiwi’s Against Seabed Mining).

September 11, 2017

I muri tata ake i te angitū o te kiriata Disney i te tau 2016 a Moana, ka hono atu a Taika Waititi me tōna tuahine whāngai a Tweedie Waititi ki a Disney ki te whakamāori i te kiriata nei.

September 11, 2017

A video posted by Te Whata Tau Ō Pūtauaki school principal, Ripeka Lessels, surfaced on social media this month, exposing a heated confrontation between herself and a manager at the Whakatane branch of Credit Union Central bank. Lessels attempted to exchange the cheque, which she had filled out in Te Reo, and was declined. Lessels […]

September 11, 2017

On August 17, JustSpeak hosted a debate and panel in Victoria’s Memorial Theatre to discuss the voting rights of prisoners in Aotearoa. The panel included Green Party Candidate Chlöe Swarbrick, Mara Davis (Young Labour), Danny Poa (Restorative Justice Facilitator), Elijah Pue (Young Māori Party), Jack Gradwell (Young New Zealand First), and Laura O’Connell-Rapira (ActionStation). The […]