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September 18, 2017

The influential Prussian strategist Carl von Clausewitz famously observed that war is “a continuation of politics by any other means.” It is an equally compelling idea that competitive sport is a form of substitute warfare which allows groups to compete and savour victory without any meaningful risk. This creates a syllogism: if politics is a […]

September 18, 2017

CW: Suicide   I want to say something that may be uncomfortable to read and acknowledge. Talking about mental illness and suicide is hard and painful, but we need to be having this conversation and keep pushing for change. We all need to play our part. Four months ago, I lost my cousin and dear […]

September 18, 2017

The words of “Auld Lang Syne”, written by Scottish poet Robert Burns and traditionally sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve to farewell the old year, rang out through the modestly sized Legislative Council Chamber, echoing off of its grand Italian marble pillars and out into the wooden halls of Parliament. The 53 people singing […]

September 11, 2017

Nā Monika Maxwell, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Aerana   I am awful when it comes to starting a project, notoriously so. I’m the person you tag in memes about procrastinating, the person who smiles blankly when you ask how their essays going, and the person who eases your anxiety by ensuring you that you’re not the only […]

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 […]

September 11, 2017

Last trimester, I had the immense joy — and yes, though it was a university project, I do mean that honestly — of researching and exploring a topic that intrigued me: mana wāhine. I think the main reason it intrigued me was because I didn’t really understand what it was before I started this project. […]

September 11, 2017

Nā Tipene Kapa-Kingi, Te Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi, Waikato-Tainui, Te Whānau a Apanui     Where are you from? An innocent question. For most, there’s no deep thought process in answering. We Māori spend a lot of time internalising an answer. Given the rich history of te iwi Māori, there’s a myriad of possibilities. Mā te tau o […]

September 11, 2017

Nā Kahu Kutia, Ngāi Tūhoe Whakamāori nā Migoto Eria   Kohukohu ana ki te rangi Kohukohu ana ki te papa Kohukohu ana ki te ao, kohukohu ana ki te pō, Arā ngā kākahu a Hinepūkohurangi.   Kei taku kura tuatahi, ka whakaakona e rātou te whakakīngia i tō mātou pepeha. He pepa e A4 te rahi, […]

September 11, 2017

Nā Awhina Henry, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui Whakamāori nā Jamie Yeates , Te Āti Awa, Te Pae o Rangitīkei     “Na Io matua kore a Tane Mahuta e tohutohu, ka tu ahua nei rite ki a koe, ka puta mai te wahine tuatahi. Kia tūpato kia takahi te mana o ngā wahine. Ko ratou […]