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Te Ao Mārama

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 […]

September 10, 2018

There are struggles and benefits of every action you make.  Receiving a moko kauae was no exception to this. This article will outline the majority of the details that surrounded my decision to receive a moko kauae, and the ongoing aftermath of that decision. I grew up in Tūranganui – a – Kiwa, a small […]

September 10, 2018

He pūrongo arotake tēnei mō te pukapuka ‘He Kupu Tuku Iho: Ko te Reo Māori te Tatau ki te Ao’ – Nā Timoti Karetu rāua ko Te Wharehuia Milroy. Tomo mai ki taku ao Māori i runga i te reo pōhiri o ōku tupuna, te reo maioha o ōku pākeke, me te whakaaro nui o […]

September 10, 2018

Over 1000 years ago, Māori arrived on the shores of Aotearoa on great big waka hourua or double-hulled sailing canoes. They voyaged across Te Moananui-a-Kiwa, guided by the stars, swells, birds and moon. They came from the homeland as we know as Hawaiki, Havaiki, Avaiki, and Sava’i interpreted by many others of our relatives around […]

September 10, 2018

Whenua is important because it represents more than just land. Many generations ago, this great whenua was the space that our mighty tipuna discovered and explored. They explored far and wide and settled in different areas across the country. Because of their explorations, whenua now holds our history. We must look after our whenua, as […]

September 10, 2018

For me, my zero waste journey began long before I had realised. It began before I moved to Wellington. After having lived in a suburban home in Tauranga that had piggie buckets, compost bins, veggie gardens, fruit trees and home kill at our disposal. It began before our mother knit almost every piece of clothing […]

September 10, 2018

At this point in time every political party in the New Zealand parliament has a leader/or leaders with whakapapa Māori. Each Māori member in Parliament represents different tribal connections, constituencies, and a diversity of interests; each supporting different kaupapa across Aotearoa today. I believe it’s important to look at the big issues of today through […]

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