How whakapapa led to one doctor losing her stomach and gaining her life

In the age of advanced genetics, whakapapa is a powerful tool against hereditary illness. Don Rowe talks to Dr Karyn Paringatai, the stomach-less doctor reconnecting whanau to save lives.

But what about boil up? How Māori are embracing veganism

Vegan, kaimanga, kapa kaiota, whekana – whatever you call it, a movement towards a harm free, plant-based lifestyle is being championed by Māori looking to protect Papatūānuku.

What is the Kaupapa Inquiry into Māori health all about?

For three weeks in October the Waitangi Tribunal started its long task of hearing claims that are part of Wai 2575 – the Kaupapa Inquiry into health services and outcomes for Māori.

A response to ‘The Parihaka prisoners and the legend of the caves’

A response from Ngāi Tahu kaumatua Edward Ellison to a Spinoff article about the Māori prisoners taken from Taranaki and imprisoned in Dunedin in the 19th century.

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Under the Korowai: new approaches to Māori mental health

A kaupapa Māori mental service provider is combining tohunga-led cultural therapy and clinical methods to help young Māori understand, rather than fear, their gifts.

When a judge slaps down a lawyer for a few words of te reo, it’s about power

High Court judge Justice Timothy Brewer asked a lawyer if she was making a political point by introducing herself and her client in te reo Māori. Socio-linguist Vini Olsen-Reeder unpacks the bias underpinning those comments. 

Te Pūtake o Te Riri: Māori work hard to remember, and everyone else should too

When we remember the Armistice, remember what happened here too.

A 5G network is coming and Māori deserve a share

A 1999 Waitangi Tribunal report said Māori have rights to the radio spectrum, what we know as the 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. The Crown disagreed. Now, 20 years on from the original claim, the government has the opportunity to right past wrongs when it makes its 5G allocation.

What will it take for people with disabilities to be represented in our democracy?

From better access to New Zealand Sign Language on the marae, to being visible in Parliament – disabled Māori need to be better represented in our democracy, argues disability rights advocate Kera Sherwood-O'Regan.

Wai Māori: a Māori perspective on the freshwater debate

In this excerpt from the new book Mountains to Sea: Solving New Zealand's Freshwater Crisis, Tina Ngata talks about the whakapapa of life-giving freshwater.

Learning to live by the Maramataka: Whiringa-ā-rangi

As we enter the third phase of summer, the pōhutukawa are flowering and mullet are leaping. Want to know more? Check out the maramataka for November.

How a new programme is helping school students avoid payday lenders

A new programme being rolled out in 111 schools teaches students how to manage money – and the difference between good and bad debt.

‘We’re setting whānau up to fail’: rethinking the Māori approach to obesity

It was a different direction for the trained physiotherapist, but Ricky Bell pursued groundbreaking research into holistic approaches to obesity in Māori because that's what his community needed.

At Government House with the royals, 183 years after we declared our independence

A royal reception at Government House on the day of commemoration for the New Zealand Wars could have been a time to examine the wounds of colonisation. Instead, everyone patted themselves on the back.

Headhunter: The story of Horatio Robley, Pākeha collector of Māori heads

Horatio Robley witnessed the most famous battle of the New Zealand Wars, he fathered a child with the daughter of a sworn enemy, his sketching helped end a war and his book helped save the art of Māori tattooing. But mostly he’s famous for his grotesque collection of nearly 40 human heads.

Is this New Zealand’s most exciting chef?

No-nonsense 31-year-old Māori/Samoan woman Monique Fiso is behind one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in years. Get ready, Wellington.