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AuthorTe Nia Matthews

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September 10, 2018

This article aims to discuss the role of Māori male masculinity in contemporary New Zealand. I am writing this in hopes that this will recognise the influence colonisation has had on Māori male identity. Māori made up 50.7 per cent of New Zealand’s prison population, despite accounting for just 14.9 per cent of the population […]

May 14, 2018

At the start of 2018, New Zealand’s political climate has seen a Māori man, Simon Bridges, become the very first Māori person to become leader of the National political party. Throughout Simon Bridges’ career as a politician, his Māori identity has been challenged numerous times, with conversations about his identity being reduced to a conversation […]

September 11, 2017

Nā Te Nia Matthews, Ngāi Tūhoe   In beginning this piece, I had two questions put forward to me. The first was whether I saw myself as Māori first or as a New Zealander. 1000 per cent I see myself as being Māori first. However, my personal view does not nullify any other Māori view on […]