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

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

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

Let us give thanks: acknowledging our blessings on this Waitangi Day

Beyond the headlines of John Key dodging Waitangi and his Ministers doing the same, beyond the drama and oratory at Te Tii Marae, beyond the colourful flags of protests arriving at the flagpole, beyond the Treaty House and Waitangi grounds, there is considered and wise progress being made that you won’t read about this Waitangi… Read More Let us give thanks: acknowledging our blessings on this Waitangi Day