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Ngāi Tauira

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 […]

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 […]