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Te Ao Mārama

September 11, 2018

In 2014 my wife and I went to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, for six months to work. My wife is a nurse, so was involved with different NGO’s offering free medical care. I, however, was involved in a local church, where my role was to support the music team and be involved in […]

September 10, 2018

The issues of mental health have been increasing in kōrero everyday. People like Mike King, Sir John Kirwan and Tā Willie Apiata have spoken out and raised awareness about the massive impact mental health has on us as young people, especially rangatahi Māori. I am not famous. I am not an expert on mental health. […]

September 10, 2018

On Wednesday 22 August, three hundred students rallied to Parliament to demand for better funding of tertiary mental health services as part of The Wait is Over student campaign. At the rally, there were three student speakers. One of these speakers was Maia Te Koha. Below is her speech that moved the crowd to tears […]

September 10, 2018

Papatūānuku is our earth mother here in Aotearoa. Our blood is connected through her whenua. She is our ancestor, she is our mother, she is our goddess. But she is suffering and needs us, her mokopuna, to help her. Not only by recycling, following our moon cycles, and removing plastic, but also by HE HONONGA […]

September 10, 2018

Kei aku whakatiketike ki te rangi, kei aku whakatamarahi ki te whenua e kai ana I te mātauranga kai raro i te pūāhurutanga o Tāne whakapiripiri, o te Herenga Waka, otirā, Te Whare Wānanga o Te Upoko O Te Ika a Māui, tēnei te whakamānawa atu nei I a koutou. Ko tāku, he whakatewhatewha āke […]

September 10, 2018
September 10, 2018

Takatāpui is generally defined by most sources as a way of putting Māori identity first, while still acknowledging and celebrating your queerness. There is a lot of pressure in this title, especially for those of us for whom Māori identity is uneasy, or difficult to access. Takatāpui, despite being a title I identify with, is […]

September 10, 2018

Here we are, sitting in the Matariki room at Te Herenga Waka. A group of Māori students sharing our ideas for the upcoming issue of Te Ao Marama. I’m writing a feature piece on Mana Wahine and feel warmed inside to be sharing the room with all of the tauira who surround the table alongside […]

September 10, 2018

The lie of the ‘warrior race’ remains the feature piece of the colonial narrative. The dispute resolution method painted as murder – people, birds and animals. Ignorant of any pale confinements – crossing all boundaries of ‘the law’. Often described in academia as ‘lawless’ and ‘primitive’, but now saved by the Queen. How did such […]