In the weekend, the Bay of Plenty Times announced a $30 million investment in capital expenditure for mainstream schools from the Budget. In all the hoopla, I noticed that our most pressured and over capacity schools, our Māori medium schools were not going to get one brass razzo. In the decade that my whānau and… Read More Māori schools miss out in mainstream lolly scramble
When I was 12 or 13 years old, on occasion I used to ride the long way home from Casebrook Intermediate to Pāpānui via St Bede’s College. I would stop and gaze through the fences at the pristine school grounds, the grand buildings and the sharp red and black uniforms. I couldn’t have articulated this… Read More Bede would turn in his grave: raising boys to worship money & power – thoughts of an Old Boy of St Bede’s
Asdzą́ą́ Nádleehé, Changing Woman, was the daughter of First Man and First Woman. She herself was the mother of the twin sons of Jóhonaaʼéí, the sun. When she encountered Jóhonaaʼéí again after her twin sons had defeated the monsters that beset the lands, he wanted her to join him permanently. She outlined the terms on which she would… Read More The Navajo Nation: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 4
I’m in the last paper of my Post-Graduate Diploma in Theology through the University of Otago. It’s been a long road, as I have worked full-time the majority of the time that I have studied towards the qualification, and also last year Otago’s papers dropped from 30 points a paper to 20 points a paper, meaning that… Read More The Weakest Link: Studylink, student loans and work-oriented qualifications
I have just finished listening to Julian Wilcox, head of news and current affairs for Māori Television, being interviewed on Radio Waatea about the storm that has rumbled away in the last fortnight after Native Affairs investigated the mismanagement of funds by Te Pātaka Ōhanga directors and management (who are also, of course, the Trustees of Te Kōhanga Reo… Read More Pākehā-fication of Māori Media AKA Stop with the accountability already!
I’ve been at our kura’s wānanga reo in Manaia on the Coromandel Peninsula for the week, so I am few days behind everyone else in the twitterverse (which is an eternity in Twitter time). So it was only yesterday that I watched the Native Affair’s Feathering the Nest, the second part of their investigation into the… Read More The Empty Nest: why we should remove the Kōhanga Reo trustees