How sports commentary can normalise te reo Māori

When the Māori All Blacks play Fiji this month, MP Peeni Henare will be in the commentary booth calling the match in te reo. Don Rowe reports on an initiative to normalise te reo through the medium of sport.

Rei’s new album wears its purpose on its sleeve

Rei is an internationally successful, award-winning musician who can rap, sing, produce beats, and even tell a couple of jokes. He talked to The Spinoff about Ariana Grande, meditation, and writing music as self-encouragement.

Landmark findings on Māori health lay a clear challenge to the Crown

To anyone paying attention, the inequity embedded in the health system is undeniable. A new report from the Waitangi Tribunal lays that bare

The living net: kai in a changing climate

As part of the Deep South National Science Challenge, the small coastal town of Omaio is placing mātauranga Māori and climate science at the centre of their food and water management.

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From Kiwibank to iwi bank: the argument for a Māori-owned bank

Every few years, as the Māori economy grows, someone floats the idea of an iwi-owned financial institution. The list of pros and cons is long, writes business advisor and Treaty commentator Joshua Hitchcock.

New Zealand’s long and violent history of anti-Indian racism

The young Indian man assaulted on the streets of Sandringham earlier this month migrated to New Zealand in the belief is was a peaceful, tolerant place. Our history suggests otherwise, writes Scott Hamilton.

Forget hope – Auckland needs action, fast

On the latest episode of The Good Citizen podcast, Jacqueline Paul talks to Jeremy Hansen about the housing crisis, inequality and why racist stereotyping has got to stop.

Kaupapa on the Couch: the incredible Māori showbands

Dance down memory lane with us to a time when the Māori showbands ruled supreme. 

The buildings are ‘uniquely Aotearoa’. Their Māori designers are ignored

When the new Christchurch library Tūranga – widely praised for its indigenous motifs and design references – won a major award last week, the significant Māori input into its design apparently warranted no mention at all

‘Art belongs to us’: Behind the scenes at Ōtāhuhu’s first-ever art gallery

Earlier this month Vunilagi Vou opened in Ōtāhuhu, the first art gallery the south Auckland suburb has ever had.

Uplifting children is not a Māori problem. It’s a colonisation problem

Last week the Ministry for Children's practises around uplifting children and putting them in state care were exposed. It's no coincidence Māori are disproportionately targetted, writes Tina Ngata.

It is time to talk about Christchurch’s racist past, and present

With a little time and distance from the awful events of March 15 it's time to face the facts: Christchurch has long been a hub of racist hatred. Its history speaks for itself. 

The online exodus of women and minorities

Two major studies show that women and minorities in New Zealand are being harassed to the point that they're leaving online spaces in droves.

Restoration, not punishment, is key to criminal justice reform for Māori

A new report from the justice advisory group Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora challenges the government to find solutions in te ao Māori that restore relationships and mana instead of continuing to feed Māori into the criminal justice system. 

Learning to live by the maramataka: Pipiri

Matariki is here! It's time to look to the stars to see what the year ahead has in store.

Twenty-five dollars and a dream – the Tapu Te Ranga Marae story

Earlier this morning, reports emerged that the beloved Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington had burnt to the ground.