Graham Cameron

Graham Bidois Cameron (Ngāti Ranginui) is a doctoral student in the Department of Theology and Religion at Otago University but is based in Tauranga Moana. He is a commentator on social and political issues concerning tangata whenua.

Ātea
Jul 9, 2018

'I believe Ani Black': Sexual abuse and the silence that poisons communities

On Saturday the widow of Awanui Black publicly accused him of child sexual abuse. Graham Cameron says her brave stand is a chance to break the cycle of silence and shame.

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Ātea
May 16, 2018

Our message to Andrew Little: stop before you breach the Treaty of Waitangi

Competing North Island iwi groups Tauranga Moana and Pare Hauraki were on track to negotiate a tikanga process for Treaty settlement talks – face to face, on the marae, no lawyers. Then the government changed hands and tikanga went out the window.

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Ātea
Apr 29, 2018

Are indigenous people united under the United Nations?

Geopolitical commentator Graham Cameron looks at the lessons learned at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues over the past two weeks.

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Ātea
Mar 17, 2018

Labour to Iwi Chairs Forum: ‘Iwi leaders need to catch up with the new world’

After a fraught election, Labour's Māori caucus is going head to head with the Iwi Chairs Forum.

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Ātea
Feb 26, 2018

What it’s like to be a solo mum searching for a rental

Rent Week 2018: Two tales from Tauranga, which now outranks Auckland as New Zealand's least affordable housing, illustrates the challenges solo mums face in the renting market.

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Ātea
Feb 26, 2018

Māori need to do more for our Pacific cousins

In the past three years the Pacific Island nations have experienced the three most intense tropical cyclones on record. It’s our duty as tangata whenua and whanaunga to take a stand on climate change, for their sake, argues Graham Cameron.

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Ātea
Feb 8, 2018

The waka-jumping bill is bad for democracy

A bill designed to prevent MPs from switching parties, one of Labour’s concessions to NZ First in the coalition talks, has passed its first reading. Cameron Graham has strong feelings on what the ‘waka-jumping bill’ means for democracy.  

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Ātea
Jan 15, 2018

Matakana Island visitors are being disrespectful and dangerous. Māori have every right to protest.

Local hāpu blockades barring people from using a wharf on Matakana Island in the Bay of Plenty have drawn the ire of visitors and tourist operations.

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Ātea
Dec 16, 2017

Manus Island: why we can’t keep our noses out of it

In order to be a good friend we don’t owe Australia our loyalty – we owe them honesty, writes Graham Cameron

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Ātea
Nov 30, 2017

How Hobson’s Pledge is taking aim at Māori wards in Tauranga

Western Bay of Plenty council already voted in favour of Māori wards, but the partner of Hobson’s Pledge head honcho Don Brash is demanding a rate-payers' poll.

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Ātea
Nov 15, 2017

Māori health and education models can work for everyone

Graham Cameron uses his background in public service to look at how the dominant model in health and education is selling us all short.

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Ātea
Nov 2, 2017

Trudeau’s lesson for Ardern: Inspiring words are not enough

Hope and rhetoric are a great tonic but it's time to act, writes columnist Graham Cameron.

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Ātea
Oct 18, 2017

Why learning te reo Māori doesn’t have to be a political act

Graham Cameron proposes reasons for learning a language that have nothing to do with business.

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Ātea
Oct 4, 2017

Independence in a post-settlement state: ‘Our system is designed to maintain colonising power’

The violent suppression of the referendum in Catalonia holds lessons for iwi wishing to establish their independence in Aotearoa, writes Graham Cameron. In the main, the reporting on the Catalan referendum …

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Politics
Aug 29, 2017

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

Choosing to relegate te reo into a group of languages is an insulting breach of treaty obligations, revealing a lack of serious commitment to the revitalisation of the language, argues Graham Cameron

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Politics
Mar 24, 2017

Amateurish games are turning the Māori seats into the irrelevancy Don Brash says they are

From the Māori-Mana deal to the Labour no-list gambit, short-sighted strategies risk excluding Māori voters from the conversation about Māori aspirations, writes Graham Cameron

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