Hirini Kaa

Dr Hirini Kaa (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata) is a minister in the Anglican church and kaiārahi (Māori and Pacific Advisor) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland. He’s also an historian with a book on iwi engagement with Christianity due out with Bridget Williams Books in April 2019, and is currently undertaking a Marsden Fund research project on the Young Māori Party.

Oct 12, 2020

However well-intentioned, the euthanasia law can never be racism-proof

Hirini Kaa, an Anglican minister and historian who’s worked in the health and social services sectors, explains why he’ll be voting no on the End of Life Choice referendum.

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Sep 26, 2018

When Christianity came to Aotearoa: 150 years of The Bible in te reo Māori

A tool of colonisation or liberation? Te Paipera Tapu (The Holy Bible) turns 150 this year, with the first full translation being published in 1868. Dr Hirini Kaa shares some of the cultural and historical significance of this book.

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Feb 5, 2017

Waitangi delivers conflict, tension, discomfort. And it is essential for our collective soul

Today the prime minister should be at Te Tii Marae, leading our nation on the difficult path, and not back to Disney Treatyland, writes historian Hirini Kaa.

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Aug 15, 2016

‘Squatters on their own whenua’: Hirini Kaa on the age old problem with our brand new Unitary Plan

As the otherwise excellent Unitary Plan speeds to a near-inevitable passage today, one part of it remains both intact and very problematic. Dr Hirini Kaa reflects on the abandonment of the mana whenua provisions.

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Jan 12, 2016

Dear Mike Hosking – I saw your Waitangi rant, and I can help

You’re a great talker, but when it comes to Waitangi and Māori you’d do well to take my course, and listen for a change, writes Dr Hirini Kaa.

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