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

National’s second language policy is an attack on te reo Māori

Amongst the key messages that the National Party wanted to highlight from their 2017 election campaign launch was their proposed education policy package. The third part of that package is “a $160 million investment to give all primary school children the opportunity to learn a second language, if they choose.” The policy deserves the criticism… Read More National’s second language policy is an attack on te reo Māori

Where there’s smoke, there’s… ahi kaa? Agreements made by Hauraki & Ranginui

I’ve spent the last two days on the paepae at Poutūterangi Marae in Te Puna, supporting my Bidois whānau who are grieving a lost brother. We are between two storm fronts, so Rangi Pōtiki is an endless blue, Hinemoana is a quiet lapping presence and Papa is a rich healthy green with mid-Winter rains, and… Read More Where there’s smoke, there’s… ahi kaa? Agreements made by Hauraki & Ranginui

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

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