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.

Harry Dansey, the ‘integrated New Zealander’ who embodied a hopeful future

Philip McKibbin remembers a man who dedicated his life to realising our Treaty partnership.

Planet FM: the nicest radio station in Auckland

Leonie Hayden went in search of the people behind community access radio station Planet FM, and their newly minted and very silly Twitter account. She discovered a group of people who love their jobs and the communities they help. 

Is Whānau Ora about to be scrapped?

Whānau Ora is under review, with the findings being released this month. Dr Chris Tooley speculates on what the future holds.

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A Serco prison officer refused to take his shoes off… and had his tyres slashed

The refusal of a Serco prison officer to take his shoes off at a marae, for the tangi of a prominent New Zealand musician, has been labelled disrespectful and rude, writes Leigh-Marama McLachlan for RNZ.

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.

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.