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AuthorRuben Toa Kearney-Parata

Author Archive: Ruben Toa Kearney-Parata

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September 10, 2018

At this point in time every political party in the New Zealand parliament has a leader/or leaders with whakapapa Māori. Each Māori member in Parliament represents different tribal connections, constituencies, and a diversity of interests; each supporting different kaupapa across Aotearoa today. I believe it’s important to look at the big issues of today through […]

July 30, 2018

Treaties don’t get “settled”. They get honoured. You can’t honour the Treaty until colonisation is “settled”. You can’t “settle” colonisation with money and an apology. You can only “settle” colonisation by doing something about the power that the colonisers took. – Moana Jackson in Max Harris’ The New Zealand Project. Since before the signing of […]

May 28, 2018

Kaitiaki: Indigenous Guardians Indigenous peoples are making a call to action. The destruction of Papatūānuku, the undermining of protocol, and the incarceration of Indigenous peoples have each provided a unifying platform for tangata whenua (people of the land) to stand together. Last year in America, ngā iwi taketake gathered with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe […]

March 19, 2018

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui! Here is a story that you’ve probably heard before. It’s one that’s all too common among indigenous peoples, but the themes and lessons from this story are ones that our tupuna have been telling us for generations. Close your eyes. Picture your whenua, your tūrangawaewae. The place your whānau […]

March 27, 2017

From Mountains to Sea The other day, my kaumātua and I went for a hikoi along the Wharemauku stream on the Kapiti Coast. We walked from maunga to moana — and saw nature’s struggle with human intervention. This stream once flowed, clean and to its own accord. But now, it has quickly diminished into a […]