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Ngāi Tauira

October 15, 2018

Tēnā tātau, It’s your sis Geo, and as y’all should already know, last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, so I thought it would be fitting to write about thoughts I had during a mental health hui a couple weeks back with Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick. Let’s just say that upon arriving, my first […]

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 […]

September 17, 2018

Kia ora e te whānau, tuatahi, ngā mihi ki nga kaimahi katoa o te ao mārama mo tā koutou mahi i tērā wiki. Anei tētahi ruri nā Lea Rust − ko te hauora hinengaro te kaupapa. Maiea te raru o te Hauora hinengaro me te whakamomori mō ngā tauira Māori i ngā wiki kua taha. […]

August 20, 2018

As we all know by now Victoria may be having a name change in the very near future. So let this column be an approval for this change. There are many historically despised people whose names are used to officiate buildings, fields, nature reserves, landmarks etc. Arguably one of the most striking for Māori would […]

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, […]

August 6, 2018

“Kia Ora, is there a ‘Jaaa-yne’ in this class? Is that how you say it?” “It’s pronounced ‘Jane’.” “Jeeeeyn. Is that right?” “Sort of. It’s J-A-N-E, Jane” “Can we just call you ‘J’?” For every other Tom, Dick, and Harry this is not a usual encounter when meeting a new person. However, for every Tame, […]

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 […]

July 23, 2018

Takatāpui and “found whānau” It can be hard when you’re told your whole life that Māori aren’t or can’t be gay, whether it comes directly from relatives, or simply through lack of representation of people like you in both your Māoriness and your LGBTQIA+-ness. Finding out about takatāpui can be some kind of revelation: a […]