Part II: A quick critique of the Understanding Whānau-centred Approaches report

Having done the GP comparison report, I thought I’d also have a look at Understanding whānau-centred approaches: Analysis of Phase One Whānau Ora research and monitoring results. Te Ururoa and Winston have been at loggerheads over what we’ve actually learnt from this report. It says nothing about where the money has gone. But what it… Read More Part II: A quick critique of the Understanding Whānau-centred Approaches report

The State cannot understand whānau; the State cannot restore whānau

“There are close connections between the structure of the family and the structure of the nation.” – Frantz Fanon, Black Skins, White Masks pp 141. I was struck still for a moment when I read these words. I have been involved with supporting whānau in a myriad of settings over 15 years as a professional… Read More The State cannot understand whānau; the State cannot restore whānau

Revenge of the Miffed: why Māori leaders are conspiring to end Native Affairs

About sixteen years ago in Wellington my wife and I were breakfasting with my parents and their friends. They had come to visit us and shouted us breakfast at their hotel. We had an inadvisable breakfast conversation about politics, and my Dad laughingly declared that when we grew up, we’d vote National. We were in… Read More Revenge of the Miffed: why Māori leaders are conspiring to end Native Affairs