Reflections

The singing island

“There is no airstrip. To get to Takū, you book a passage on the supply ship — if it’s sailing. Last year, not a single ship visit was made. Cut off from outside supplies, the islanders relied entirely on their traditional food sources: fish, coconut and occasional taro.”

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Kōrero

Chester Borrows: The blue leftie

“I think some of it is well-meaning and paternalistic stuff. But it’s racism nevertheless. So it doesn’t matter whether it’s malicious or accidental or just ignorant racism. It’s still racism. And the outcome is just the same.”

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History

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Hoturoa and the waka legacy

“People don’t realise that we’re descended from scientists. They just think we’re a bunch of indigenous people who fluked getting to places.”

Gordon Toi: A top gun in tā moko

“I see moko as a reflection of our society. We’re now at a stage where we can celebrate who we are as Māori people.”

Comment & Analysis

A good death

“Those who cannot truly and freely choose should be protected by the state, not exposed to greater risk of death.”

Reflections

Now there’s hope

"Let’s be honest. Both sides of politics abandoned the provinces last century. The Provincial Growth Fund is the first injection of capital in a long time."

Merata — a son’s tribute

“My hunger for the past came out of a need to process my own grief, rather than a desire to study the history.” — Hepi Mita, on making a film about his mum, Merata.

Identity

Reo

Media

Arts

History

Māori in the First World War

When the First World War broke out in 1914, the wars of the 1860s, the subsequent land confiscations, and the invasion of Parihaka in 1881 were still fresh in the memories of many Māori.

Decolonising the Pacific

"Colonialism had done little to develop or educate those people it ruled, so for many Pacific — especially Polynesian — people, leaving their homelands was often seen as one of the few routes to economic and social advancement.”

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