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Ngāi Tauira

June 5, 2018

The Māori Seats have gotta go. Very unpopular opinion among Māori. Here’s my case real quick. They were introduced as a temporary measure to placate Māori at the time. They were never intended to be a permanent measure, or of any representative nature. They were neglected for decades. Representation in Parliament increased more through the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

May 7, 2018

We’ve all heard the joke about that white girl; the one who thinks she can say and do whatever offensive shit she wants to just because she’s “1/16th native”. People shouldn’t get away with that. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t white/white-passing and mixed race indigenous people out there. I’m one of them. And it […]

April 30, 2018

“He kokonga whare e kitea, he kokonga ngākau e kore e kitea.” “A corner of a house may be seen and examined but not so the corners of the heart.” This whakataukī supports our kaupapa of mental health, as it can relate to the current struggle of knowing someone who is suffering from mental illness. […]

April 16, 2018

Remember when you were younger and you got a growling for sitting on a table? Your cousin, or your classmate, looks at you with an all knowing look and says “that’s tapu”. To this day the idea of cutting my nails or hair at night makes me feel uneasy. Again, I was told it was […]

April 9, 2018

Film is a unique way to express our history and whakapapa as polynesian navigators of the Pacific. Tupaia’s Endeavour (2017) directed by Lala Rolls, leaves one amazed and overwhelmed at the experiences of the Tahitian navigator, Tupaia. However, one thing I found quite challenging in this three-part series documentary, was being exposed to the alarming […]

March 26, 2018

Connection. Connection is a sense of  belonging. Connection is uniting as one. Connection is our history. Throughout the Pacific there is an unseen connection that ties us all together. It’s like a single strand of thread, weaved into one to make a beautiful mat. Like a single drop of water brought together to create a […]