Teuila Fuatai

Teuila Fuatai is a freelance journalist specialising in social and cultural issues.

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May 13, 2021

Moving past psychometrics: How inclusive employment works in practice

For many employers and workers, inclusivity has become a critical pillar of their workplace. Here’s what it looks like in action. 

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Mar 30, 2021

Future of AUT's Pacific Media Centre under spotlight following director's departure

A lack of communication around the Pacific Media Centre's future is causing division among AUT staff members and supporters.

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Nov 24, 2020

Whaea Michelle, navigator of the Family Violence Court

New Zealand has some of the worst rates of family violence and abuse. Addressing those, especially in the courtroom, is about more than punishment.

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Oct 20, 2020

Tofiga isn’t sorry about it

After a truly dismal year, the comedian is back onstage with his new show, Sorry Bout It.

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DiscoveryCamp 2020
Aug 5, 2020

The camp giving Māori and Pasifika students a pathway into science

The MacDiarmid Institute DiscoveryCamp gives Māori and Pasifika high school students a taste of life as a scientist.

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Apr 27, 2020

How an Auckland school is responding to the Covid-19 crisis

As Aotearoa prepares to navigate a post-Covid-19 world, Dilworth School is stepping up.

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Feb 4, 2020

‘Unprecedented breaches of human rights’: The Oranga Tamariki inquiry releases its findings

Findings of the Māori-led inquiry into Oranga Tamariki highlight the trauma and heavy-handed state approach behind New Zealand’s appalling child care and protection statistics. Teuila Fuatai looks at the key findings and reaction to it.

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Jan 21, 2020

‘When I was carving my whakapapa, I could feel my ancestors helping me’

A new programme replacing woodwork at two Hamilton intermediate schools is helping young Māori connect through the art of whakairo, or carving.

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Health Not Handcuffs
Oct 20, 2019

Colonialism, drug laws and incarceration: a tragedy in three parts

US justice reform activists Deborah Small and asha bandele say white supremacy and colonialism are at the heart of punitive drug laws. They spoke to Teuila Fuatai about how that stops change. 

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Oct 9, 2019

Fixing 30 years of substandard housing: Mere and Ngaro’s story

Mere and Ngaro Pita bought a home after moving to West Auckland as part of the great urban migration of the 70s. A bad lease nearly destroyed it, and they've struggled to maintain it ever since.

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Sep 26, 2019

The former National MP who supports cannabis legalisation

Next year former National MP Chester Borrows will be voting “yes” on the referendum to legalise personal cannabis. He spoke to Teuila Fuatai about his ideological journey.  

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Sep 5, 2019

Bringing back traditional Māori products to the ‘InnoNative’ economy

The hugely popular InnoNative market day, which sells 100% handmade and traditional Māori products, now has a more permanent home in Whangārei.

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Cancer Society
Aug 29, 2019

She lost her son to cancer, but refuses to lose his memory

Diana McDonald remembers the past 13 years through her son Daniel’s fight with cancer.

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Ātea Otago
Aug 13, 2019

Creating a place for Māori in the University of Otago’s 150 year history

When the University of Otago was founded 150 years ago the interests of local Māori were disregarded. But in the last 50 years, engagement with tangata whenua has become an essential part of the university's identity.

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Jul 11, 2019

The targeted support service helping whānau clear their debt

Wrap around support services and a new software are helping whānau get out of debt, without taking yet another loan.

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May 8, 2019

The backyard nurseries made for and by recovering addicts

Thanks to research and innovation hub Wai-Atamai, Recovery First is helping vulnerable people channel their energy into native plants.

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Auckland Zoo
Apr 15, 2019

Sustainable palm oil is real. Now companies need to be forced to use it

Efforts to rein in the damaging practices of palm oil production have crept along over the years. At times, things have seemed pretty hopeless. But those fighting from the inside insist it can be done.

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Mar 27, 2019

From kura kaupapa kids to kapa haka champions

This year’s Te Matatini winners, Ngā Tūmanako, were first brought together as kura kaupapa students at West Auckland’s Hoani Waititi Marae. We talked to foundation members about the group’s evolution over the years.

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Mar 26, 2019

How one city reduced its road toll – and gave its streets back to the people

As Auckland examines how to make its roads safer and more functional, one city has already shown us how it’s done. Teuila Fuatai looks at how slowing down changes the way a city works.

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Mar 14, 2019

The lifelong trauma of road deaths

Twenty-one years after Steph Martin’s mother was killed in a road crash, she reflects on what's been happening on New Zealand’s roads.

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Mar 12, 2019

Auckland’s most dangerous stretch of road and how to fix it

Teuila Fuatai is introduced to one of the most dangerous stretches of road in New Zealand.

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Feb 28, 2019

The incredible legacy of Dame June Jackson

For decades she stood up for urban Māori and provided services to a community that was often overlooked. Close friends and family celebrate the life of Dame Temuranga “June” Batley-Jackson.

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