Pākehā Māori: The American soldier who switched sides in the Taranaki Land Wars

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the controversial characters of New Zealand history. In this instalment: Kimble Bent, the American soldier who fought – and switched sides – in the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s.

The Hurricanes prove why we need to do better at teaching the New Zealand Wars

If someone pitched you the idea of using a contentious event in New Zealand history that resulted in land confiscations, hundreds of deaths and years of intergenerational trauma as a marketing idea, what would your response be?

Rob Thorne is taking traditional Māori instruments into new worlds

Vincent Olsen-Reeder writes about collaborating with experimental Māori musician Rob Thorne and the New Zealand String Quartet, and the push and pull of multicultural exchange and taking traditional forms to new worlds.

What the heck is the Crown/Māori Relations portfolio?

The new Crown/Māori Relations portfolio was introduced (among other things) to improve the way government departments engage with Māori and find new and different opportunities for more active partnership. But what does that actually mean?

Ātea Archive

Finding a place to stand in a new landscape

With 84% of Māori now living in urban areas, away from ancestral lands, it has become difficult for many of us to maintain a sense of tūrangawaewae.

Kai on wheels: how Pūhā & Pākehā is taking Māori cuisine to the masses

Pūhā & Pākehā's Belinda McKay talks about filling a gap in the market, the challenges of cooking fusion food, and why a permanent restaurant might well be on the horizon.

Coming home to Tūhoe… wherever it may be

Every two years Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe allows Ngāi Tūhoe descendents to come together and celebrate their unique reo and culture. Jason Renes attended this year’s festival.

Māori and the Tax Working Group: how do we make the system more fair?

Business consultant and Treaty commentator Joshua Hitchcock looks at the terms of reference for the new Tax Working Group and asks – how can the tax system create a more equitable outcome for Māori? 

Power to the people: finding a cure for healthcare inequity

Māori, Pacific and low income groups have a health outcomes well below the rest of the population. In Dunedin there's a community that's come up with the medicine to treat itself. 

The Royal Commission into state care abuse: how to make a public submission

From today, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care is welcoming submissions from the public on the draft Terms of Reference.

Ka muri, ki mua: The vital role of a critical academic voice

The University of Waikato's dean of Māori and Indigenous Studies takes a moment to tautoko his colleague Professor Pou Temara in the wake of a petition to strip Sir Bob Jones of his knighthood.

Reo 2 Go: The social group helping whānau learn te reo

Nadine Anne Hura shares the challenges of encouraging te reo Māori with teenagers and the joy of  total immersion environments for all of the whānau.

The Bob Jones knighthood petition has been delivered. Will anyone listen?

Yesterday a nearly 70,00-strong petition was presented to Parliament calling for the revocation of Sir Bob Jones’ knighthood following racist comments made in the NBR. Kera Sherwood O'Regan was there.

Māori or General? The roll-hopping window opens

From 3 April, Māori can choose whether they want to be on the Māori roll or the general roll. It's an important decision that could influence the next election and the shape of our parliament.

New Zealand’s problem with Māori boys

The success or failure of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into state welfare abuse will depend on how much attention it gives to Māori boys – and a change in New Zealand’s attitude, writes Aaron Smale.