Laura O'Connell Rapira

Laura O’Connell Rapira (Te Ātiawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa) is the director of ActionStation. ActionStation is campaigning for policy and funding change that would ensure every person in this country is taught about local hapū and iwi history, the context and content of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, colonisation and its impacts.

Politics
Oct 12, 2020

Moving the rock: An election manifesto for people-led change

In her final election 2020 column, Laura O'Connell Rapira argues that progressive voters hold more power than they may think.

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Ātea
Oct 5, 2020

What, really, is a rāhui – and can political parties enact them?

We know how it applies to, say, a forest, but can a political party apply it to immigration?

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Politics
Sep 28, 2020

The first leaders' debate was so awful because the old format no longer works

Laura O'Connell Rapira has some ideas for improving the standard of TV election debates in Aotearoa.

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Politics
Sep 21, 2020

The case for tax (more of it, much more)

Sharing wealth is how we share care and responsibility for this land and all of the people in it.

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Politics
Sep 14, 2020

Aotearoa 2040 and the future of tino rangatiratanga

It's time to go further – more rights, more power for Māori across health, justice and education.

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Politics
Sep 7, 2020

Five ways the next government can be an honourable Treaty partner

Whoever is successful on October 17, there is urgent work that needs doing to meet obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

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Politics
Aug 31, 2020

Green education means more than just private schools for rich hippies

The problem with funding the Green School is that it does little to address the environmental challenges faced by ordinary New Zealanders and their children.

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Politics
Aug 24, 2020

The real conspiracy is that education is for the rich

It is a scandal in plain sight: our education system is racist and the outcomes people get vary depending on ethnicity.

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Ātea
Aug 13, 2020

How to talk to whānau about conspiracies

If we're going to protect whānau who believe in dangerous conspiracies from Covid-19, we need to engage, not block.

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Politics
Aug 10, 2020

Making a message from 2040

We are asking New Zealanders to choose help over handcuffs, prevention over prisons, and healing over punishment.

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Politics
Aug 3, 2020

I want a Māori prime minister

When do we get a prime minister who looks like New Zealand?

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Politics
Jul 27, 2020

Dispatch from an alternative Aotearoa

A timely reminder that politics is more than what happens in the Beehive and it is social movements that create real change.

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Politics
Jul 20, 2020

Politicians are already trying to divide us. They can’t be allowed to succeed

With less than 50 days until the election, attempts are well underway to pit us against each other in the name of winning power.

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Politics
Jul 13, 2020

The people have spoken: we want a Matariki public holiday

It’s long past time we officially recognised the Māori new year on Māori land.

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Ātea
Jun 18, 2020

Why do we gather? To pull a more just and beautiful future towards us

Imagine if we collectively decided to prioritise help over handcuffs, prevention over punishment and life over death. 

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Ātea
May 14, 2020

A truly fair budget is a budget that understands whakapapa

Will today's budget account for the corporate bias of the past?

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Ātea
Mar 5, 2020

Yes, there is racism in our police. Here’s what we can do about it

Research released by justice advocacy group JustSpeak showed that racist, structural bias is still a huge problem in New Zealand Police.

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Politics
Mar 3, 2020

To build a new politics, we must break the grip of big money

The existing system simply cements the interests of the richest and most powerful.

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Ātea
Dec 13, 2019

Andrew Little’s justice reform report is just that – another report. It’s time for action

The second and final report of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora, the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group, contains nothing we didn't know 30 years ago.

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Local Elections
Oct 19, 2019

Postal voting is a flimsy antique. The future is social voting

There are still many barriers preventing people from voting in local elections. Laura O'Connell Rapira proposes some social solutions.

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Ātea
Sep 28, 2019

How Ruth Richardson’s Mother of all Budgets is still f*cking us today

Laura O'Connell Rapira looks at what successive generations of an unregulated housing market does to welfare and housing for those in the margins. 

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Ātea
Jul 14, 2019

The call from the hui was loud and clear: give us back our kids

Whanaungatanga, whakapapa and whānau – the solutions that have always been with us, but largely ignored.

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Ātea
Mar 9, 2019

Facebook and Stuff are allowing racism to flourish on their platforms

The People's Harassment Report, a study undertaken by ActionStation and UMR, found one in three Māori online faced racial abuse in 2018.

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Ātea
Mar 7, 2019

Why social media is not a safe place for indigenous people

A new study analysing the number of racist versus supportive comments in two large online forums reveals some sobering facts about Māori experiences online.

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Society
Nov 13, 2018

Why uniformed police won’t be part of Pride

A decision to ban uniformed police officers from marching in the Auckland Pride Parade has proven controversial. Activist Laura O'Connell Rapira explains why the thinking behind the decision matters so much.

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Ātea
Oct 29, 2018

At Government House with the royals, 183 years after we declared our independence

A royal reception at Government House on the day of commemoration for the New Zealand Wars could have been a time to examine the wounds of colonisation. Instead, everyone patted themselves on the back.

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