Christine L Ammunson

Christine Ammunson is a Sāmoan New Zealander. She lives with her family at Papawai Pā in Wairarapa.

Society
Aug 17, 2020

Our ancestors were not conspiracy theorists

Our communities need us to listen to the people who have dedicated their lives to making ours better – not those who only want to exploit our fears.

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Society
Dec 4, 2019

I thought NZ had changed. Then I saw the cartoon making fun of our Sāmoan babies’ deaths

I know the humanity of New Zealanders is far greater than the zero empathy of a cartoonist. But it still hurts.

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Society
Aug 26, 2019

Mia and Raymond: a galaxy better than the bigots and their facile apologies

In the space of days a waitress is racially abused in Auckland and a deaf student mocked by his peers in Canterbury. In both cases the apologies fall short.

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Society
Aug 20, 2019

Mālo lava le galue malosi Seiuli Dwayne Johnson: We see you. We see ourselves

We've become used to Samoan characters as peripheral bad guys. But Hobbs & Shaw showed us someone who is us. And he kicks arse.

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Society
Jun 25, 2018

These brave survivors are the New Zealanders of the Year a million times over

From meeting other former foster kids I know that I was one of the lucky ones. Today we have to put survivors front and centre of the inquiry into abuse in state care

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Society
Jan 16, 2018

From Martin Luther King to Donald Trump: how speeches reflect our world

As America marks one of their greatest orators on Martin Luther King Day, Christine Ammunson looks back on her trip to Georgetown University for the World Speechwriters Conference in October.

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Ātea
Jan 11, 2018

Admitting Golliwogs are awful won’t ruin your childhood, we promise

Christine Ammunson is a Samoan New Zealander who was brought up on The Black and White Minstrel Show, Golliwogs and Little Black Sambo books. You're allowed to let the past go without disrespecting those you love, she writes.

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