Comment & Analysis

Tina Ngata: Why we walked away

“It was clear that we had reached a point where our participation would amount to complicity in the oppression of our people.” — Tina Ngata on why the tangata whenua caucus walked away from the national anti-racism plan.

Spying on our Pacific ‘family’

“We can’t claim to be a trusted partner when we spy on our Pacific family on behalf of others. We also can’t claim to have an independent foreign policy when outside interests operate within our spy agency.” — Dr Marco de Jong.

Asking the hard questions

“In a tribal society with an age-related hierarchy, reporters who push for answers or display scepticism at what they are told can be accused of a lack of manaakitanga.” — Atakohu Middleton.

The power behind plastic

“I realised individual action is not enough. I realised we had to deal with corporations, governments, and institutions. We had to turn the problem off at the tap. The solution had to be political.” — Tina Ngata.

Build communities, not just houses

“If we want to tackle domestic violence, sub-optimal childcare, abuse of intoxicants, be they licit or illicit, and dare I say it, gangs, then a good place to start is literally on the social housing whānau doorstep.” — Denis O’Reilly.

Vanuatu’s call for climate justice

“The very activities that exploited our people and land contributed to the fossil fuel-dependent economies of France, England, Australia, and other developed nations. These are the economies . . . that are feeding the climate crisis. Now, our islands and communities are the victims of that crisis.” — Vanuatu MP Ralph Regenvanu.

This moment of fresh betrayal

“You could feel the anger but also the restraint. Ngāpuhi were in charge and were respected. No one threw a dildo. But did the Crown feel the depth of the disgust towards their policies?” — Catherine Delahunty.

Sharpening our sovereign minds

“We were fed a narrative that always seemed mind-suckingly one-sided. We were supposed to believe that Māori willingly handed everything over to the benevolent latecomers and pretend-discoverers for mere nails and blankets.” — Manase Lua.

Michael versus the Goliaths

“It’s a new form of civil wrong we're proposing, which would recognise there is a legal duty to stop contributing to the climate crisis, and the Supreme Court has agreed that we have the right to argue for that.” — Michael Smith.

Why give breath to the coalition?

“The absolute boldness with which this government has shown their distaste for Tiriti justice is unmatched. And even when they stand, axe in hand ... we still give them the mic and say ‘take it away’.” — Eru Kapa-Kingi.

In the sacrifice zone

“We’re in a place where it’s hard for many of us to see a life without the US hovering overhead. Our sense of dependency has become so ingrained that we’re weighing promises of economic benefits . . . against significant damage to our islands.” — Sheila Babauta from the Mariana Islands.

The path to peace is not through war

“The American imperial moment is coming to an end; the Israeli genocide lays waste to whatever values the collective west claims to hold. The question is: Are they going to take us all with them?” — Glen Johnson.

Siding with the US sells out our Pacific family

“Pacific nations can see the step-change in the way New Zealand is conducting its foreign policy. The shift away from an independent, nuclear-free and Pacific-led foreign policy towards the adoption of a US-led, Indo-Pacific strategy is clear. Our actions in Yemen confirm it.” — Dr Marco de Jong.

Resourcing rangatiratanga

“The assumption of singular sovereignty continues to see the government hold the exclusive right to raise taxes, levies and rates. Māori aren’t permitted to engage in these same activities . . . thus entrenching the fundamental imbalance between Treaty partners.” — Matthew Scobie.

We won’t let progress slip without a fight

“What Christopher Luxon confronts now, as have all the politicians before him who’ve capitalised on seasonal bouts of Māori hysteria, is a generation of Māori strong in their identity, who won’t let progress slip without a fight.” — Jamie Tahana.

Decolonising our Indigenous ocean

A genealogy of New Zealand and the Pacific can help us “comprehend not just New Zealand’s relationships with the other Pacific islands, but how these relationships have defined and redefined New Zealand itself.” — Damon Salesa.

A culture war? Te ao Māori is ready

“An excessive number of items on the coalition’s list buy a culture war that Pākehā New Zealand isn’t ready for. Believe me when I say that te ao Māori is prepared.” — Deb Te Kawa.

The great leap backwards

“The challenge to tangata Tiriti is what we’ll do to support a fightback led by tangata whenua. Will Pākehā, in particular, be prepared to march in solidarity with tangata whenua and all people directly affected by the neo-racist political programme?” — Catherine Delahunty.

Time to put your hands up

“It’s important to rehumanise the discourse, because this has gone too far,” Francesca Albanese, the UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian Territories, talking to Moana Maniapoto.

Moana Maniapoto: Words matter

“Reverting to the articles of Te Tiriti is something a lot of people might prefer over the rather anaemic Treaty principles because it would definitely get New Zealand ‘back on track’.” — Moana Maniapoto on Act’s proposed Treaty referendum.

He tapu Te Tiriti

“The enduring tapu of Te Tiriti cannot be harmed by shallow political baiting. Te Tiriti exists and cannot be made to un-exist.” — Eru Kapa-Kingi.  

The kōhanga reo generation is here

“The kōhanga reo generation, backed by an inexorable demographic change, and strong in their reo, whakapapa and identity, are ready to step up to the plate — defined by a uniting faith in Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a source of rectification and unity.” — Jamie Tahana.

The dangers of digital colonisation

“The dangers of digital colonisation may not be obvious yet because, on the surface, technology seems to be advancing our reo and our connections instead of suppressing them.” — Siena Yates.

Tina Ngata: Our chance to reject hate

“This election is not just a battle of policies. On one level, this is our own Voice referendum. It is our own opportunity as a nation to reject the politics of anti-Māori hate.” — Tina Ngata.

Showing respect by voting yes

“Next weekend’s referendum is a chance for all of us manuhiri in Australia — Māori and Pākehā — to show our respects to our hosts by voting yes.” — Rachel Buchanan on the Voice referendum.

Circus, opera or rodeo?

"The promise is that, in the first 100 days of a National-led government, Aotearoa will see the scourge of gangs eliminated — or at least, gang members corralled in a feedlot at an annual fee of only $190,000 per head. Systemic labelling and prejudice come at a price." — Denis O'Reilly.

Are Māori Indigenous? That’s not the real question

“Arguing that Māori aren’t Indigenous is logical if you’re trying to appeal to voters who are concerned that Māori shouldn’t receive ‘special’ and ‘unfair’ treatment. Shorter life expectancy isn’t what I’d describe as special, but there you go.” — Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville.

Restorative justice is not Māori justice

“One of my core criticisms of restorative justice is that we exaggerate how much input Māori had into its development in Aotearoa. And we exaggerate to what extent tikanga was the foundation of practice in that forum.” — Juan Tauri.

AUKUS is an election issue

“For New Zealand, and other Pacific nations, reducing our options to choosing sides between two imperial nations devalues our sovereignty and place as peoples of the Pacific.” — Dr Marco de Jong on AUKUS.

Winston Peters: Not his first rodeo

“Despite warning Māori of an 'Asian invasion' in the mid-‘90s, Winston is now suggesting that we share the same whakapapa and that the real enemy, particularly for young Māori, are those ‘fanciful radicals’ working towards co-governance.” — Moana Maniapoto on Winston Peters.

Racism and democracy

“Racism — which is to discriminate on the basis of culture, racial or ethnic origin — means democracy can’t give everybody a fair go.” — Professor Dominic O’Sullivan, on challenging racism in political campaigns on both sides of the Tasman.

Only joking

“In a country built on colonial racism, it takes such little encouragement and validation for racism to show its face. And then out come the white sheets and petrol cans for a laugh.” — Catherine Delahunty.

Weave the people

“A rangatira is more than just a chief. The word ‘raranga’ means to weave. A ‘tira’ is a group of people who have a purpose. A rangatira is one who weaves together people who are on the move.” — Tainui Stephens.

Co-governance is good for us

Co-governance “is expressed when we sing the national anthem, when the All Blacks do the haka, when our media people greet us with ‘Kia ora’, and when our mokopuna come home from school and sing us a new waiata they’ve been taught.” — Te Huia Bill Hamilton.

‘I hope telling my story will set me free’

“Justin Taia may be a menace to society, but we shouldn’t forget he’s a product of it too. He was fed to the system as a child, and then returned to it as an adult who’d been smashed apart — a violent offender who is also a brutalised victim.” — Connie Buchanan & Teuila Fuatai.

How crime news harms us all

“Not all crimes receive equal coverage. Nor are they framed in the same way, however violent they may be.” — Criminologist Sara Salman on the Auckland shooting last month.

Julian Batchelor’s muddle of mischief

“Once the manager found out who Julian really was, she rang him back, told him that this was a Māori business and to go hither and fornicate with himself, or words to that effect.” — Denis O’Reilly on the anti-co-governance roadshow.

Waiting for the sober talk on gangs

“Sobriety will dawn in the days following the election when whoever finds themselves in power will be confronted by the same intractable and complex problems faced by the current administration.” — Denis O’Reilly.

Moving past the Pākehā backlash

“Why is there such a soft landing for racism right now? Is it the election? Or is it just the persistent underlying intolerance that has always been simmering below the surface of our communities and our politics?” — Catherine Delahunty.

Why did Māori never have prisons?

“What I hope we might do is not just revisit reports, but also look back into the history of this land, where many of the seeds of what might replace prisons are already present.” — Moana Jackson.

Big power posturing in Oceania

“The Pacific needs an independent collective voice. The oppositional, vindictive and toxic nature of the geopolitical contest is not in their best interest. In fact, it will draw them unnecessarily into the deep vortex of insecurity and uncertainty.” — Professor Steven Ratuva.

Māori data is a taonga

"For years, data has been used to inform narratives and policy decisions about Māori, but without our input or our values at heart. That’s why it’s so important for us to collect and gain access to good quality data for Māori.” — Ngapera Riley.

The war we ignore

“Wars in Europe, such as the Ukraine tragedy, are centre stage on our news. But the war for West Papua is barely mentioned despite the bombing of villages, the plight of the refugees, and the killings and torture by the Indonesian military.” — Catherine Delahunty.

‘We are weeping for our river’

“It feels like this is a story without an end; that the reports and the names of the dead will only accumulate; that the law will forever open tiny windows and lament the unwillingness of Ngāti Pāhauwera to remove their bones to squeeze through.” — Connie Buchanan.

‘We’re tired of being resilient’

“It seems that for every new infectious disease outbreak we have to relearn these lessons and we have to develop workarounds for systems that are designed for majority populations.” — Dr Suitafa Debbie Ryan.

Putting rights on hold

"Implementing rights shouldn’t be subject to the political mood of the government of the day. So we remain of the view that our human rights obligations require the government to act now." — Professor Claire Charters.

Young Pacific minds, big dreams to save the planet

“At last the call for climate justice by the people of the Pacific has been heeded by the countries of the world, thanks to the power of young minds to think creatively and strategically about the future of the planet and humanity.” — Professor Steven Ratuva.

Protecting our Pacific mana

“Pacific people should stake their claim in their ocean, and make this sense of ownership known, acknowledged and respected by the marauding big powers, whose interests have typically been to use, exploit, extract, and then leave.” — Professor Steven Ratuva.

Our deep sea is being colonised

“Deep sea mining is extraction for the sake of profit. It tramples the very things that make us Indigenous, that tie us to our land and moana, and to our ancestors and future generations." — Liam Koka‘ua.

Reading the room

“I’m not sure that the room is anything like the one being described. At Waiohiki, I saw New Zealand citizens of many races using the marae as a place of refuge. The rain fell on us all.” — Denis O’Reilly.

RSE: How can we make sure everybody wins?

“In some ways, it’s an addictive situation to be in. There’s nothing quite like having an assured income, each and every year, and to be paid better than your local counterparts in Tonga.” — Sefita Hao’uli on the social impacts of RSE.

A new era for Fiji

“The fear and anguish which once hung in the air like a morning mist had been replaced by a euphoric mood — people felt relieved that the regime which had ruled them for 16 years was at last history.” — Professor Steven Ratuva.

One hundred cups of tea

“To have a constitutional conversation, you've got to rip your heart open and say: ‘These are the values that we have, these are the things that are important to us. How shall we make them work together?'’’ — Te Huia Bill Hamilton, Treaty educator.

The Pākehā allergy to sharing

“Times have changed, but the debate over the co-governance of water has highlighted how far we have to go in local government, and how the allergy to genuine power sharing is still widespread.” — Catherine Delahunty.

Calling for fundamental change

“There remains a lack of understanding of things Māori, and an unwillingness to hand over power to hapū and iwi to make decisions under our own authority for the protection of our own children.” — Luke Fitzmaurice-Brown on Oranga Tamariki.

Still waiting for the new dawn

“There is no property in children. Māori children know many homes, but still one whānau.” — From the landmark Pūao Te Ata Tū report, written in 1986.

14 years and 33 seconds

“Justice takes the form of punishment for a child’s 33 seconds in darkness. It should demand the rest of us take our share for the things that happened during the 14 years we could see him.” — Connie Buchanan.

Being told you are worth less

Over a working lifetime, the average income gap between Pākehā men and Pacific women amounts to nearly half a million dollars. For Pacific men, it’s $400,368. “That’s a lot of money our families and communities are missing out on.” — Teuila Fuata’i.

Marae can be our courthouses

“Our legal institutions within te ao Māori have been degraded for years through colonisation . . . And because of that degradation, we can’t easily switch back now to tikanga to resolve all our contemporary problems.” — Amokura Kawharu.

Tikanga and the audacity of enlightenment

“Perhaps the audacity lies in the assumption that an entire system of values, principles and laws that grew up uniquely in these islands should remain on the margins of the country’s legal system." — Kennedy Warne responding to criticism of the Supreme Court's recognition of tikanga in its Peter Ellis decision.

How we talk about race

“Race is a socially constructed structure of power that we are part of, even if we refuse to acknowledge it, and one’s ethnicity is about personal ethnic identifications, whakapapa and ancestries.” — Dr Lana Lopesi.

Confronting climate change means sharing power

“Sea level rise is a slow-moving disaster for our Māori communities. They’re disproportionately at risk because our wāhi tapu, our urupā, our marae, are generally in low-lying coastal areas, or in river valleys.” — Dr Shaun Awatere.

Understanding Mātauranga Māori

“Mātauranga Māori is linked to Māori identity and forms part of the unique features which make up that identity. Because this is so, it also means that mātauranga Māori is a unique part of the identity of all New Zealand citizens.” — Sir Hirini Moko Mead.

Sort Out The Warriors

“According to the police’s own history, initially, the New Zealand Police were formed to counter a gang problem — that problem being the gangs of Pākehā sealers and whalers wreaking havoc among Māori communities.” — Denis O’Reilly.

Warehousing our humanity

“The warehousing of surplus humanity in prisons — and the ongoing incarceration of Māori in particular — is a crisis that has resulted in an unjust society where the shadow of the prison colonises our landscapes.” — Professor Tracey McIntosh.

We need to talk about our pay

“When people talk about pay transparency or secrecy, or pay gaps, or marginalised workers, it sounds abstract. But having less money isn’t abstract, it means we have fewer options. It means less for our whānau.” — Kim Mcbreen.

Closing the ethnic pay gap

“A lot of places tell us they don’t have an ethnic pay gap. But when we ask for the data on their organisation, they don’t have it. To which I say: 'How can you address and fix something you're trying not to see?'” — Saunoamaali‘i Karanina Sumeo, EEO Commissioner.

The Salesman Beast

“Although his books are considered classic studies based on rare first-hand knowledge, Elsdon Best was a structural racist whose bigoted beliefs help explain a lot of the shit we’re still dealing with today.” — Connie Buchanan.

How Matariki will connect us all

“The entire nation will stop on 24 June and acknowledge mātauranga Māori. I think, in generations to come, our descendants will look back and say that was a moment in time when we came of age as a nation.” — Dr Rangi Matamua.

Stepping up to Matike Mai

“Pākehā culture faces some barriers to stepping up to Matike Mai. One barrier is the numbers of us still pretending we are not a visible group holding on to power.” — Catherine Delahunty.

A Māori “home” for our Sydney whānau

“As the mother of proud Aboriginal and Māori children and the partner of a proud Aboriginal man, I’m reminded every day that even though I’m a First Nations woman, I’m also a migrant because I came here when I was four years old.” — Jo Kāmira.

Linda Tuhiwai Smith: Healing our trauma

“There’s a great deal of research across the world now that shows that trauma isn’t something that you just get over. It can be reproduced and passed down through generations.” — Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith.

Imagining an even better deal for Māori

“Despite the fact that ‘mānuka’ is a Māori word, not an Australian word, the UK IP office backed Australia’s claim that it also produces ‘mānuka honey’. The UK FTA will cement in those legal tests.” — Moana Maniapoto.

In thrall to bullshit

“This was the first person I’d ever met who was healthy and sane in every way, but whose view of the world was entirely informed by the media. The sum of the biased tabloid, talkback and television BS she consumed had polluted her view of the country she lived in.” — Tainui Stephens

More Than Three Words for Water

“Our everyday practices need to follow Maōri authority and tikanga Māori in managing water. If water is protected from agricultural or urban pollution, everyone benefits.” — Catherine Delahunty.

Wāhine, White Women, and Waitangi

“New Zealand is steadfastly committed to drinking its own Kool-aid when it comes to race relations. We have stitched-in blinders when it comes to convincing everyone that we are kind, and just and equitable.” — Tina Ngata.

Rangatiratanga and immigration

“Just as there is no transfer of tino rangatiratanga, there’s nothing in Te Tiriti that would prevent hapū Māori from controlling their own borders, from directing their own foreign policy, or from entering into new international treaties.” — Dr Arama Rata.

We started the vax race from behind

"If the government had listened to our experts, and itself, all these months, Māori could have been 90 percent vaccinated by now,” writes Vini Olsen-Reeder, who’s sick of Māori being blamed for being slow to vaccinate.

The Supreme Court has spoken

“In its September decision, the court elevates the importance of tikanga, giving it more legal substance than it has ever had since the advent of colonisation.” — Kennedy Warne.

Towards a truly equitable health system

“The indisputable fact that the Crown funds the primary health care system inadequately is a key reason for the extent of inequity that Māori continue to suffer.” — Waitangi Tribunal report on Stage One of Hauora claims.

Te Tiriti and vaccination rates

“While it is OF COURSE urgent that Māori vaccinate, we can’t overlook the role that this broken relationship and intergenerational neglect and devaluing of Māori life plays in vaccine hesitancy.” — Tina Ngata.

The tainting of New Zealand rugby

“Our players are being asked to carry water for a brand that is desecrating our environment.” — Juressa Lee, a Greenpeace campaigner, on NZ Rugby’s six-year sponsorship deal with INEOS.

Here we go again: Covid and racism

“It’s been a whole year since we went through this, and yet, here we are again, with mainstream media ignoring, or perhaps not even seeing, the very real damage done by this type of clickbait heading.” — Emmaline Pickering-Martin.

Walking as a pathway to knowing

“What if Ngāi Tahu had been allowed the reserve, and New Zealand’s walking culture had developed with Māori still owning the land? What kind of hybrid traditions might have emerged if Kemp’s Deed had been honoured, the mahika kai preserved?” — Nic Low.

Empty gestures

“Overall, the inadequacies of the government's ‘gestures’ indicate that the apology came from a government that felt pressured to give an apology — and not a government that was genuinely invested in atoning for its ongoing actions of racist violence.” — Dylan Asafo.

A challenge not a threat

The recent attacks on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) are not just ill-informed — they're "dangerously provocative", writes Moana Jackson.

One law for all?

“The evidence is clear that the white supremacist who was threatening slaughter should have been charged from the get-go and been treated the same as the brown Mongrel Mob members.” — John Tamihere.

Focusing on the wrong end of the problem

Teachers "don’t realise they spend more time with Asian and Pākehā students. Māori students see it, though, and retreat to the back of the classroom, where they sit in groups and disengage.” — Anton Blank.

The Dawn Raids: Why apologise?

“The government must acknowledge that ugly racial stereotypes were officially promoted for political gain, leaving a lasting legacy of prejudice against Pasifika peoples in New Zealand.” — Joris de Bres.

The legal force of tikanga

“Does it seem strange to be reading a court decision and discover that you’re hearing a dissertation on Māori worldview? It is becoming the norm.” — Kennedy Warne on the landmark High Court decision recognising the customary marine rights of Whakatōhea.

When inclusion means erasure

“It’s deeply painful to consider just how poorly Pacific Islanders are being served by public health agencies here in the US, especially in states where their health data isn’t separated from Asians’.” — Ema Hao’uli.

A vein in our bodies

“Takutai Moana is the law which, in name, repealed and replaced the inflammatory Foreshore and Seabed Act, but which, in substance, places the same heavy burden of proof on Māori.” — Connie Buchanan.

Injustice in Justice

“To the uninitiated, it can be jarring to learn that, in Aotearoa, the state outsources the prosecution of moderate and serious crime to 17 commercial law firms throughout the country.” — Tim McKinnel. 

Utu for workers

“We’ve made enormous progress on social inequality. But we’ve lost ground on class equity. Working people are consciously and legally discriminated against.” — Matt McCarten.

A dereliction of duty?

“It’s not too late for the government to decriminalise cannabis. What’s the point of a once-in-a-lifetime majority if you’re not going to use it?” — Leah Damm.

The Māori Electorates

The Greens and the Māori Party both have candidates who are threatening to prevent a repeat of Labour’s 2017 clean sweep.

No law is racism-proof

“The idea of choice is a fallacy. It’s based on people having access to adequate resources to enable their choices. And this is the ultimate choice." — Hirini Kaa on voting "no" in the End of Life Choice referendum.

What about West Papua?

“Despite decades of atrocities, including the state-sanctioned murders and human rights abuses in West Papua, New Zealand has refused time and time again to even criticise the Indonesian government, let alone investigate these abuses further.” — Dylan Asafo.

Putting the brakes on equity

“Why are we even looking at restricting a successful programme that’s doing exactly what it was designed to do? Have we reached maximum equity?” — Māori medical student at Otago University.

Old friends but new foes

“JT leads a fight to win at least one of the Māori electorates for the Māori Party next month and Willie leads the Labour Party campaign to stop him. Neither can afford to let the other one win.” — Matt McCarten.

The rise of Māori MAGA

"How do conspiracy theories move from white supremacist minds to Māori mouths?" Tina Ngata looks at the rise of Billy Te Kahika and his New Zealand Public Party, and why far-right, white-supremacist agendas are finding favour with many Māori.

Māori hands on the future

“We’re committed to ensuring that Māori hands continue to have a firm grip on all the levers needed to transform our lives — not just on the shovels.” — Te Kāhui Amokura.

Rāhui, mana, and Peter Ellis

Is it time to turn to Māori law for the answer to a legal issue that would affect all New Zealanders? — Māmari Stephens on the Peter Ellis case and the growing role and status of tikanga Māori in Aotearoa's laws.

Red meat is back on the table

“Her caucus hates and fears her in equal measure, but she will survive because the Trumpian base in the National Party love her. And, more importantly, she’s more ruthless than any politician who may covet her new throne.” — Matt McCarten.

Settling Ihumātao

"One of the perceived political difficulties to arriving at a settlement that will attract broad public support is that 'private land' is involved. But this is a red herring that misleads and distracts us from the relevant and important questions." — David Williams.

Fanaticism and the Eskimo Pie

The current protests over names and statues isn’t about erasing history, writes Kennedy Warne. They’re awakening us to a side of history that’s been ignored and suppressed.

Facing the truth

“To move from dismay to justice, we have to become serious about economics — about wealth and who has it, and why." — Kennedy Warne.

Transformation, not tokenism

“Korowai Manaaki is run by Oranga Tamariki. It’s labelled as a ‘youth residence’. The authorities like to highlight the fact that it has a school and that it helps young people get on the right track. But, let’s be honest. It’s a prison.” — Kingi Snelgar.

Cannabis and Race

“It’s difficult to escape the conclusion that our cannabis laws have been yet another tool of colonial oppression.” — Tim McKinnel on the upcoming cannabis referendum.

Face up to tikanga: Court of Appeal to EPA

"If it seems surprising for a New Zealand court to provide a lesson in the Māori worldview as part of a decision about a proposal to mine the seabed, then it is equally surprising to hear the court lecture decision-makers on their failure to engage meaningfully with that worldview." — Kennedy Warne.

Arms and Race

"I know, and work in, communities where the feeling is that we are much closer to the precipice than we care to admit." – Tim McKinnel on why we need to resist militarised policing.

Jacinda Ardern’s rising tide

“Jacinda Ardern is lauded in this country, and feted as a leadership icon around the world, while Bridges flounders as an embarrassing and irrelevant lightweight. He exudes desperation and panic.” — Matt McCarten.

Are we finally paying attention?

“If these leaders succeed in getting things back to our deeply dysfunctional and inequitable normal, I’m sure many of us will be relieved and happy to forget the lesson that this Covid-19 pandemic has provided.” — Dylan Asafo.

Denying racism holds us back

“Denying racism provides cover for racist attitudes and excuses for unequal outcomes. It gaslights people who’ve experienced racism, and blocks people who want to start the real work of moving beyond our colonial heritage.”

A call to war?

"There’s a litany of examples, including admissions by the police themselves, of unconscious bias. Or racism, as we called it in the good old days." — Moana Maniapoto.

Why we should care about retirement policy

“The simplicity and universality of the NZ Superannuation model is the envy of many across the world, but it doesn’t address the needs of all — nor is it guaranteed to be sustainable without refinement.” — Peter Cordtz, interim Retirement Commissioner.

Beyond the Dusky Maiden

“Even in the most liberal of spaces, such as universities that publicly commit to being a space that welcomes and celebrates Pasifika, we see a pattern of racism and sexism.”

The whakapapa of our literature

“Instead of placing Māori and Pacific literatures as late arrivals to English literature, we instead recognise a whakapapa of Māori literature that goes all the way back to Te Moana nui a Kiwa.”

A good death

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

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."

The shameful treatment of gout in New Zealand

“I don’t just see numbers when I’m reporting research. I see people’s faces and hear their kōrero, and the impact inadequate gout management has on them — all from a condition that is entirely manageable.” Leanne Te Karu, prescribing pharmacist.

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.

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'.

Moana Jackson: Rethinking free speech

“The so-called humanitarian colonisers who came here in the 19th century did not necessarily hate Maori. Indeed, they sometimes professed to love us and simply wanted to dispossess us in a sensitive and caring way.”

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