Miriama Aoake

Miriama Aoake (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Mahuta, Tainui) is a fulltime student and writer advocating for Māori issues.

Oct 30, 2017

Why the Declaration of Independence still matters

As well as being the official NZ Wars commemoration date, October 28 is celebrated by Northland iwi for the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a document that recognised Māori sovereignty, explains Miriama Aoake.

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Aug 7, 2017

Jacinda Ardern is no Helen Clark – and for Māori, that's a very good thing

Jacinda Ardern's first week as Labour leader has brought a flood of admiring comparisons to Helen Clark. But Miriama Aoake argues that the comparison is false, largely because Ardern has proven far more engaged with the concerns of Māori than the far more cynical Clark.

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Jul 5, 2017

Wait – is Jay-Z good again? 4:44, reviewed

Miriama Aoake listens to Jay-Z's new album 4:44 and finds the rapper full of introspection, self-criticism and, ultimately, black empowerment.

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Jul 2, 2017

What the Northern Bass lineup announcement says about electronic music’s diversity problem

Miriama Aoake reacts to the male-dominated lineup announcement for dance music festival Northern Bass.

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May 22, 2017

What a time to be alive: Five reasons to love Future

Future is coming to New Zealand! Futurehive member Miriama Aoake breaks down why you should be as excited as she is.

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Mar 9, 2017

‘He’s outperforming himself at a level matched only by Beyoncé.’ Why Future is the future of music

Futurehive member Miriama Aoake guides you through the world of prolific rapper and chart history-maker Future. Nearly eight months has passed since Future’s last release, Project ET: Esco Terrestrial, a project …

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Jan 24, 2017

Think Māori can’t be racist? Jimi Jackson’s blackface stunt proves otherwise

When a brown-skinned man darkens his face and jokes about being black, that's colourism – the belief that people with dark skin are inherently inferior to those with lighter skin – in action, writes Miriama Aoake.

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