Māori health and education models can work for everyone

[This was first published in The Spinoff Ātea, 15 November 2017] The Minister of Social Development announced early in the term that they will repeal the part of the Social Security Act that requires sole parents to identify the other parent or face benefit cuts. This is the first tangible step in a planned major… Read More Māori health and education models can work for everyone

How Hobson’s Pledge is taking aim at Māori wards in Tauranga

[First published on The Spinoff Ātea, 30 November 2017] In our balmy autumn months in Tauranga Moana, during the commemorations for Te Weranga (the 1867 Tauranga Bush Campaign), I have often had the privilege of walking down hills from old pā and kāinga with the Western Bay of Plenty mayor, Garry Webber. Garry (pictured above… Read More How Hobson’s Pledge is taking aim at Māori wards in Tauranga

Radio NZ’s sinister plan revealed: te reo for you, te reo for you, te reo for everybody!

Radio New Zealand produces a Statement of Performance Expectations every financial year. It is a requirement under the Crown Entities Act. So for this current year they are working to the 2017/18 Statement of Performance Expectations. A Statement of Performance Expectations (SPE) provides the Charter and principles, the Strategic Priorities, the outputs, the targets, and… Read More Radio NZ’s sinister plan revealed: te reo for you, te reo for you, te reo for everybody!

All Saints, All Souls or All Parihaka? Connecting Allhallowtide to Aotearoa

The following is essentially the sermon I gave at St George’s Anglican Church, Tauranga Moana, 5 November 2017 We have just had the observance of the Allhallowtide triduum from 31st of October to the 2nd of November. Those three days are individually known as All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Our… Read More All Saints, All Souls or All Parihaka? Connecting Allhallowtide to Aotearoa

Why learning te reo Māori doesn’t have to be a political act

[This article was first published in the Spinoff Ātea on 18 October 2017] Ni hao! It’s Chinese Language Week. There has been some attempt in our local media to wrap their lips around the unfamiliar sounds of Mandarin, a few pieces about the local Chinese community, but mostly pieces about the importance of business with… Read More Why learning te reo Māori doesn’t have to be a political act

He toa takitini: if anything needs fixing, it’s our communities, not young people

Morocco Tai died on 9 October. He was 15 years old and driving a stolen car. He died when the car collided with a tree during a police pursuit. His two passengers are both in hospital, seriously injured. I do not know Morocco Tai, but I do know young people in my community of Merivale,… Read More He toa takitini: if anything needs fixing, it’s our communities, not young people

Finlayson gets cold feet on a tikanga process in Tauranga Moana

Thursday 27 July 2017 was a happy day in Tauranga Moana. After a few months of protests, social media campaign, new media appearances, legal opinions and appeals to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon Chris Finlayson and Minister of Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, we achieved our goal: an agreement by the… Read More Finlayson gets cold feet on a tikanga process in Tauranga Moana