Kōrero

Fa’afetai Sopoaga: Connecting communities in Dunedin

“We challenge students to think about their own perceptions and prejudices and how these impact on the provision of healthcare.”—Associate Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga, winner of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Excellence in Tertiary Teaching.

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Comment & Analysis

Let your story be heard

We won’t see significant change in educational achievement for Māori until we free our children from the negative narratives about them in their everyday lives.

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History

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Steph Matuku: Putting Māori kids on the page

“It’s so important for me to get Māori kids on the page, which is why my protagonists are always Māori. Because when I was growing up, you just didn’t see yourself.”

Kris Faafoi — a minister on the rise

“Pacific Islanders do things a bit differently — especially because of their respect for authority or for elders. But you can have respect and still question without challenging offensively.”

Andrew Little: Stepping aside — and forward

“I had confidence in Jacinda. That’s the other thing I’ve learned on my journey. It’s the importance of recognising talent — including talent that’s better than you.”

Ainsley Gardiner: The power is never ours

“I think the global indigenous cinema needs a global indigenous fund. We need to see the value of our stories, which somebody else takes the profit from.”

Comment & Analysis

Did the Māori electorates decide the 2017 election?

“Labour’s Māori MPs live and work in two worlds, relating to Māori voters as Māori, but also as workers, citizens and more. The problem for the Māori Party is it never did the same.” —Morgan Godfery, in an extract from a new book, 'Stardust and Substance'.

Reflections

Identity

Reo

Rediscovering our mother tongues

Four plays in four languages staged over four weeks — a theatre experiment which aims to challenge the idea of English as the “mainstream” language and all other languages as exotic.

Media

We need your help

If we’re to develop E-Tangata into an operation that can give Māori and Pasifika communities a strong, articulate media voice, we urgently need to find more funding.

Arts

History

‘I’m still a mum, aren’t I?’

"We were the last mothers of that generation. The last to go through before the cradle-to-grave welfare state came crashing down around us. After that, single mothers were further stigmatised — and life got much harder."

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