[This originally appeared in the Spinoff Ātea on 29 April 2018] Law professor Valmaine Toki is purported to have described the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as a “huge Waitangi Tribunal.” Did she mean unpopular, underfunded and ignored or an opportunity for indigenous peoples to tell our story and achieve some semblance of… Read More Are indigenous people united under the United Nations?
[This originally appeared in the Spinoff Ātea on 26 February 2018] As our Pacific Islands cousins face the unprecendented impacts of climate change, they are looking for allies who will support them by taking concrete actions to limit global warming to 1.5oC and will also rehome the now inevitable climate change refugees from low lying… Read More Māori need to do more for our Pacific cousins
There has been a little more media coverage than usual of the Rohingya people in Myanmar as over 120,000 have recently poured over the border into Bangladesh as refugees and claims of ethnic cleansing and genocide within Myanmar have to come to light. The recent crackdowns and expulsions occurred after Rohingya militants attacked police station… Read More “The most friendless people in the world”: We need to act for the Rohingya now
For those who spend time in the intersection of the Pākehā world and the Māori world, you will have been asked at least at one point or another about koha. Often it is asked with a deep concern to not offend anyone: how much should we take for the koha? Pithy responses like “whatever you… Read More Koha: an alternative economy of hope & relationship
In September 2011, the 10 remaining residents of Oombulgurri were forcibly evicted. They had just two days notice and were allowed only one box of belongings each. They had to leave behind cars, whiteware, tools and other personal possessions. They had protested up to the last. They had protested when the government closed the shop,… Read More Where the bloody hell are ya!? Evictions of aboriginal communities and the silence of Māori living in Australia