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
Do you ever have dinner guests that arrive at the worst possible time? Ones that you can’t or shouldn’t refuse, but you know it is not going to be a life giving event. How do you suck it up and get through? More importantly, how do you make sure everyone else in your house behaves… Read More Sympathy for Te Tii. And a little for Winston.
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
The Treaty of Waitangi exception that is being touted by the Government and parroted by corporate Māori as a victory for which we can bow and scrape in thanks, is not all they would have you believe. Indeed, it is even worse on Twitter, where Tories are demanding acts of worship for including ‘Treaty of… Read More The Great Brown Hope: the Treaty exception in the TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (either the TPPA or the TPP) is the next step in our neo-liberal pilgrimage to economic Mecca. Our government, in particular John Key, Steven Joyce and Tim Groser are trying to tell you it is too dense and complicated for you to understand, but you can trust them to do what… Read More TPPA: Resistance is fragile, but not futile
With the approaching National Day of Flagellation, aka Waitangi Day, our media and politicians have gone into overdrive to ensure we are all well-prepared for the actual day with a dousing of cynicism, suspicion and rage. The appointment of Hinewhare Harawira as a trustee on Te Tii Marae – through an entirely legal, well scrutinized… Read More Loving our enemies is how we can love Waitangi Day
“The implications of a clear finding by the Tribunal that tāngata whenua did not give up sovereignty is that that the basis on which Parliament, government agencies and local government refuse to consider arrangements that share sovereignty has become very tenuous indeed.”… Read More So yeah, that thing you say about us signing over sovereignty… Stage 1, Te Paparahi o te Raki inquiry
In my community, I know that many of our Māori whānau are struggling. In my street, many of my neighbours are struggling. Many of my neighbours have over crowded homes. Most often in our street a son or a daughter and their tamariki get evicted from their current house and end up coming to live with their parents… Read More Show me the money: how our Treaty settlements aren’t helping