Morgan Godfery

Morgan Godfery is a Wellington-based writer and activist.

Ātea
Oct 5, 2018

Marama Davidson: 'Governments shouldn’t pander to the privileged'

Self-confessed fan Morgan Godfery talks Māori politics with Green Party co-leader, Marama Davidson.

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Ātea
Sep 28, 2018

In defence of the Māori caucus's support for Meka Whaitiri

The Māori caucus statement that it stands by Meka Whaitiri is simply tikanga in action, writes Morgan Godfery.

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Ātea
Sep 21, 2018

One year in, how have our Māori MPs and ministers rated?

Almost one year ago to the day New Zealanders went to the polls, returning a record 29 Māori MPs. māui street editor Morgan Godfery picks his faves and rates them out of 10 for performance.

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Ātea
Aug 10, 2018

The power struggle in the Māori Women’s Welfare League

Māui Street editor Morgan Godfery with an exclusive look at the internal rift threatening the Māori Women's Welfare League.

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Society
Aug 3, 2018

The alt-right racists are in town. Are you really happy to shrug your shoulders?

Detachment is a luxury only some enjoy. For women, non-whites or any of the subjects of Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern’s rants, looking the other way is rarely possible

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Ātea
Jun 28, 2018

Andrew Little: ‘Pākehā ways of engaging are so inadequate’

The 'minister for everything' on nation building and resolving Treaty settlements on 'marae time'

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Ātea
Feb 28, 2018

Is Simon Bridges our first Māori prime minister?

On some scores, the National Party is streets ahead on Māori representation. But, asks Morgan Godfery, is it progress?

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Books
Nov 12, 2017

I saw the mountain erupt: a Kawerau childhood

Morgan Godfery was born to a teenage mother and gang father in Kawerau, New Zealand's poorest town. He recounts the experience in this essay from the newly published Journal of Urgent Writing, 2017.

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Politics
Oct 19, 2017

Change is here. But is it the kind you hoped for?

In retrospect, it seems obvious that New Zealand First would never have chosen National. Now forward-looking Labour and Greens will need to learn to work with a party that would love to turn the clock back 40 years.

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Politics
Sep 30, 2017

The end of ‘neither left nor right, but Māori’

Morgan Godfery looks back at the four term history of the parliamentary Māori party, 2005-2017.

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Politics
Sep 3, 2017

Please don’t tell Don Brash, but the Māori Party could decide the next government

The party led by Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox is at once clinging by a thread and on the brink of the balance of power. Morgan Godfery examines the crucial battlegrounds in the Māori seats

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Politics
Aug 3, 2017

The left was fucked. And then it wasn’t.

Jacinda Ardern's elevation to Labour leader has created a wave of unfamiliar enthusiasm on the political left. Now, writes Morgan Godfery, it's time for policies that are just as game-changing.

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Politics
May 25, 2017

A beginner’s guide to the bewilderments of budget day

Budget 2017: What does it all mean and why should we care? Over to you, Morgan Godfery

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Politics
May 4, 2017

Relax, Māori aren’t banning you from the beach. Or are we?

The foreshore and seabed debate is back for the umpteenth time, and right on cue Māori are cast as seeking to destroy the Kiwi dream holiday. How about starting with some less stupid questions, suggests Morgan Godfery.

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Politics
Apr 18, 2017

Hire me, Taxpayers’ Union: an open application for a dream tax-busting gig

When Morgan Godfery saw the advertisement for a communications and engagement assistant vacancy at the Taxpayers' Union he immediately started scrawling an application in his own union-clotted blood. Here we exclusively publish Godfery's emotional plea.

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Politics
Nov 29, 2016

Behold, Māori politics’ great realignment. Or, don’t believe the hype

Talk of a resurgent Mana Party, unshackled from Dotcom and buoyed by a Māori Party pact, has prompted suggestions of a new order in Māori politics. Morgan Godfery explains why he's just not buying it

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Society
Oct 14, 2016

He Aituā, Helen Kelly: a force of nature, a national treasure, my comrade and my hero

Morgan Godfery pays tribute to his friend, the impassioned and inspirational workers' advocate Helen Kelly.

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Society
Feb 29, 2016

Radical and inspirational, gentle and generous – an obituary for Ranginui Walker

The author of the masterpiece Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou: Struggle Without End was in the best tradition of what it means to be a New Zealander

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