Laura O'Connell Rapira

Laura O’Connell Rapira (Te Ātiawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa) is the Director of ActionStation. ActionStation are 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.

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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Ātea
Aug 6, 2018

Māori kids lose out when the charter school debate is drowned in ideology

Māori education is too important to fall victim to partisan battles

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Ātea
Jul 18, 2018

Māori voices should take prominence in the justice debate

'Nothing about us without us' is becoming a popular catch cry of indigenous people the world over. Now the University of Otago are asking for Māori perspectives only on Māori incarceration.

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Ātea
May 14, 2018

Why we need Māori wards

If we’re serious about improving youth participation in politics, we need the Don Brash’s of the world to get out of the way and support the establishment of Māori wards.

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Politics
Nov 2, 2017

Don’t fall for the government’s spin on the TPPA

The new government's attempts to soften up public opinion for the return of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a masterclass in spin, writes ActionStation's Laura O'Connell Rapira.

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Politics
Sep 19, 2017

I thought you had my back, Marama?

On Friday the Māori Party issued a press release that criticised Labour for legalising same sex marriage. An aghast Laura O'Connell Rapira responds.

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