The story of light and shadow

Te Papa’s eighth iwi exhibition Ko Rongowhakaata is currently showing at the national museum in Wellington. In this essay, Rongowhakaata kaumatua-in-residence Thelma Karaitiana speaks of the journey from Te Kore to Te Papa.

If the hills could sue: Jacinta Ruru on legal personality and a Māori worldview

New Zealand led the world with the recognition of the legal personhood of the Whanganui River and Te Urewera ranges. Otago University professor of law, Jacinta Ruru, says this needs to be the start of a Māori worldview contribution to our legal system and the way we look after our environment.

‘Pākehā place names come and go. Māori names endure.’

Nadine Millar writes a love letter to her beloved Porirua, and asks 'What's in a name?'

Ngā Wāhine Mōrehu: putting women back in the state abuse conversation

A former ward of the state asks that any inquiry into state care abuse remembers that women were victims too. 

Ātea Archive

Māori unemployment: there is a way out

In his previous column Joshua Hitchcock looked at the alarmingly low employment rate for Māori. Here he searches for some solutions.

What does your hair say about you?

Most of my life growing up I was the clean cut Māori boy with the short and tidy haircut, but all of that changed nearly three years ago, writes Te Miri Rangi.

Our stolen generation: a slow genocide

Indigenous peoples throughout English-speaking countries have had their children taken away by the state for generations. Most countries have faced up to this legacy but New Zealand has been in …

Our stolen generation: a nonchalant wickedness

Indigenous peoples throughout English-speaking countries have had their children taken away by the state for generations. Most countries have faced up to this legacy but New Zealand has been in …

Indigenous youth say ‘pass the mic’ to decolonise COP23 climate talks

Kera Sherwood-O’Regan is an Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute delegate to COP23, the United Nations Climate Talks in Germany, reporting over the three-week conference. This week: she's tired and no one's listening to indigenous people.

Māori health and education models can work for everyone

Graham Cameron uses his background in public service to look at how the dominant model in health and education is selling us all short.

Our stolen generation: a shameful legacy

With NZ committed to setting up an inquiry into state abuse within 100 days, Aaron Smale looks at stories from New Zealand, Canada and Australia, and ask what we can learn.

How to make a tonic with kūmarahou

Rongoā practitioner Donna Kerridges explains how to make a simple decoction for respiratory conditions and digestion.

Listen to the Moana soundtrack in te reo Māori here!

A Māori language version of blockbuster Disney film Moana was released in September to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo. Now you can get the soundtrack in your ears!

The COP23 climate talks’ ‘Fijian flavour’ tastes a lot like tokenism

Kera Sherwood-O’Regan (Kāi Tahu) reports on outcomes for indigenous peoples from COP23, the United Nations Climate conference in Bonn, Germany.

Māori unemployment is a national crisis

Thirty years of economic reform and the gap between Māori and Pākehā employment rates is wider than ever, says business columnist Joshua Hitchcock.

Gods, whānau, body parts – making sense of health with whakapapa

Whakapapa is about relationships, not just relations, and can help us understand our all-round wellbeing, explains columnist Te Miri Rangi.