Our ghosts have never slept: a response to Chris Trotter on the NZ Wars

Let me say upfront that Chris Trotter’s column in the Stuff is far more nuanced than the headline “Sleeping ghosts don’t need to be woken” suggests. He also asks some important questions as to what it may mean for Pākehā to commemorate the New Zealand Wars when faced with the uncomfortable reality of the causes… Read More Our ghosts have never slept: a response to Chris Trotter on the NZ Wars

Fear of a brown planet: running screaming from the homeless in Greerton, Tauranga

At a Tauranga City Council Monitoring Committee meeting yesterday, the Bay of Plenty Times reported that the Greerton Village Community Association manager Sally Benning made particular note of “three or four gentlemen” who are homeless in the area and “two beggars” as causing “problems.” Apparently the problems include sleeping in the alcove of Greerton Hall… Read More Fear of a brown planet: running screaming from the homeless in Greerton, Tauranga

It’s time for an intervention: Australia’s goose-stepping over refugees to villainy

It is a matter of historical record that the majority of European governments knew of the existence of concentration camps prior to World War II. Political refugees who had escaped the Third Reich brought reports of beatings, torture and executions, and this was backed by a few brave reporters. European powers reacted with disbelief. Similarly,… Read More It’s time for an intervention: Australia’s goose-stepping over refugees to villainy

Stripping, respectability, consent and the Waikato Chiefs #rapeculture

You may be aware there is a rugby game on this weekend in which Lions are fighting Hurricanes. This would actually be the logical extension of Sharknado; maybe Liocanes. Surprisingly though, the Hurricanes have not been the Aotearoa New Zealand rugby team to garner the most media attention this week; they have been trumped by… Read More Stripping, respectability, consent and the Waikato Chiefs #rapeculture

Helen Clark abused Māori, so don’t expect us to line up behind her now

It has been my privilege whilst in Tauranga to work with people and organisations in addressing the scourge of domestic violence in our communities here. In the course of that work, one of the things I have learnt is that often those who abuse their families minimise their abuse. They assert that “it wasn’t that… Read More Helen Clark abused Māori, so don’t expect us to line up behind her now

Bond the Holy Fool

[My article first appeared in Geez Magazine|Summer 2016. May I wholeheartedly encourage you to go to their website and subscribe. There are way better writers than me just waiting for you there.] Goldeneye was the first James Bond film in which M, the head of British intelligence, was played by a woman. In her first… Read More Bond the Holy Fool

Finding a Tākitimu star path: navigating the generic Matariki festival

One of the more wonderful things to occur in the last 15 years has been the rise and integration of Matariki into our collective indigenous and now national consciousness. Today I was at the base of Mauao in Tauranga Moana with my daughter’s kura kaupapa Māori class listening to child-oriented presentations on Māori knowledge of… Read More Finding a Tākitimu star path: navigating the generic Matariki festival