Family Court v Māori: removing a Māori girl from her kura to please her Pākehā father

If you haven’t watched Native Affairs this week, I advise you do this first: http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/native-affairs–judgement-part-1 http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/native-affairs–judgement-part-2 In case you’ve not the time or inclination, the crux of the story is that the Family Court has recently ruled that a young girl enrolled by her Māori mother in a kura kaupapa Māori after kōhanga reo be… Read More Family Court v Māori: removing a Māori girl from her kura to please her Pākehā father

1980s men in 2017: why we don’t really want to end rape culture

At my first university debating tournament in 1994, my team and I were faced with a moot that the Affirmative had defined to be about feminism. I don’t remember the exact moot, but I do remember my other male team member and I turning to our female team member and asking  “what is feminism?” She… Read More 1980s men in 2017: why we don’t really want to end rape culture

Why not talk to us, we’ll still be here in 2040: raising the entitlement age for Super

So Bill finally came through on his “wait and see” with an announcement that the age of entitlement will be raised from 65 to 67 years in 2040. After which various political parties lost their collective rag either because it wasn’t high enough or soon enough, or more commonly because Bill wasn’t thinking of the… Read More Why not talk to us, we’ll still be here in 2040: raising the entitlement age for Super

Ko Mauao te maunga, ko Hauraki te whenua? Settlement woes in Tauranga

The voting papers for the Pare Hauraki Collective Redress Claim have arrived in the letterboxes of Hauraki descendants around the motu, including a fair few of my own whanaunga. Lo and behold, when describing their rohe, the Hauraki Māori Trust Board claims: “The Board operates in Te Ika A Maui (Nth Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand)… Read More Ko Mauao te maunga, ko Hauraki te whenua? Settlement woes in Tauranga

Trump’s inauguration speech: the USA is exiting the world, stage left.

I have just finished watching, and then reading, Donald J. Trump’s speech at his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America. It probably wasn’t a great use of an early Saturday morning. Trump is obviously no orator. When he uses a teleprompter, as he did today, he has all the presence… Read More Trump’s inauguration speech: the USA is exiting the world, stage left.