Ātea Archive

What Taika’s Oscar means to me – and all indigenous filmmakers

Director Heperi Mita celebrates the success of his friend Taika Waititi, and explains what it means for Māori and indigenous creatives around the world. 

There’s a NZ radio crisis that needs fighting for. It’s called iwi radio

The 21 iwi radio stations in New Zealand have been fighting for more funding for years, so where's their lifeline? 

The Bob Jones v Renae Maihi ‘Māori Gratitude Day’ case goes to court

In 2018, Robert Jones called for a 'Māori Gratitude Day'. Filmmaker and activist Renae Maihi responded with a petition to have him stripped of his knighthood. Now Jones is suing her for defamation.

Waitangi Day without the politicians is the best Waitangi Day of all

Waitangi Day brings together all groups of people, of which politicians are just one, writes Leonie Hayden.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: the comic book

The illustrated story of the Treaty of Waitangi, courtesy of the NZ School Journal.

Ngā manu ō Aotearoa: the shared history of birds in our Polynesian legends

The birds of Polynesian legend are part of birth, death, and everything in between. Now, a PhD thesis from the University of Otago undertakes the first ever in-depth exploration into the manu of mythology.

‘Hold us to account’: has Jacinda Ardern honoured her 2018 Waitangi pledges?

On this day three years ago, Jacinda Ardern asked to be held to account by Māori at Waitangi. As asked, we've taken that speech and held it up against the Labour-led government's achievements over the past three years.

It took 60 years, but Ruia Morrison has finally been recognised as a tennis legend

In a classic case of better late than never, pioneering Māori tennis player Ruia Morrison was honoured at the 2020 ASB Classic in Auckland.

‘Unprecedented breaches of human rights’: The Oranga Tamariki inquiry releases its findings

Findings of the Māori-led inquiry into Oranga Tamariki highlight the trauma and heavy-handed state approach behind New Zealand’s appalling child care and protection statistics. Teuila Fuatai looks at the key findings and reaction to it.

Scratched: Ruia Morrison was New Zealand’s own Serena Williams

From tennis champions to dance craze inventors, Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights.

What awaits Jacinda Ardern at Waitangi in 2020?

The political pilgrimage north is under way ahead of the commemoration of the signing of te tiriti. RNZ's Jo Moir surveys the calm before the storm.

Learning to live by the Maramataka: Pēpuere

The blue moki are running and the tuna are returning to the sea. We're entering the fifth phase of summer.

On mana and misogyny: a message for Shane Jones from the Māori Women’s Welfare League president

The president of the oldest national Māori organisation still in existence has a few words for Shane Jones about his attack on Pania Newton.

How The Dead Lands hopes to change New Zealand television

The first two episodes of TVNZ's new action series The Dead Lands were released to a worldwide audience of millions last night.

Jack McDonald: Why I’m endorsing a Māori Party candidate this election

We need Māori voices in parliament who aren’t beholden to the major parties, writes former Green Party policy co-convenor and MP candidate Jack McDonald.

‘We will see a positive resolution’: the flag comes down at Ihumātao

On day 1,173 of the occupation at Ihumātao, a resolution looks imminent.

Cheat sheet: Five Māori leaders vote ‘no confidence’ in Whānau Ora minister

A group of Māori leaders have made an urgent Waitangi Tribunal claim on behalf of the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, and issued a biting rebuke to Jacinda Ardern and Peeni Henare.

‘When I was carving my whakapapa, I could feel my ancestors helping me’

A new programme replacing woodwork at two Hamilton intermediate schools is helping young Māori connect through the art of whakairo, or carving.

Boycott Bali? Why the atrocities in West Papua demand your attention

It's estimated that as many as half a million Papuans have been killed at the hands of Indonesian security forces in the past 50 years.

We’re not being too PC about te reo Māori. We’re worried

lNew Zealand’s first language is endangered. We can’t afford to normalise misspelling and mispronunciation any more than it already is, writes Māori Language Commissioner Rawinia Higgins.

The Spinoff Book podcast: Leonie Hayden on the state of Māori media

In the last instalment of our new pop-up podcast, The Spinoff Book Out Loud, Leonie Hayden reads her essay on the importance of making space for Māori writers in the media.

What does it take to build an indigenous resistance movement?

He Kākano Ahau is a podcast by writer and activist Kahu Kutia (Ngāi Tūhoe) that explores stories of Māori in the city, and weaves together strands of connection. In this episode: Ihumātao and a new generation of resistance.

What does Māori architecture look like today?

Architectural designer Jade Kake looks at the role tikanga and hapūtanga plays in Māori architecture and design, and how tauiwi architects can support Māori practitioners.

Decolonise your body! The fascinating history of Māori and periods

A lot of knowledge has been lost about traditional Māori attitudes to menstruation, but some extraordinary Māori women are making sure it's not lost forever, writes Leonie Hayden