Ātea Archive

Armed police patrols are a dangerous response to a non-existent problem

On Friday it was announced that Armed Offenders Squad patrols will be trialled in Counties Manukau, Waikato and Canterbury over the next six months.

Colonialism, drug laws and incarceration: a tragedy in three parts

US justice reform activists Deborah Small and asha bandele say white supremacy and colonialism are at the heart of punitive drug laws. They spoke to Teuila Fuatai about how that stops change. 

Ihumātao land protectors shut out of government talks

Occupiers of the disputed land at Ihumātao have been shut out of talks with the government about finding a resolution.

Remembering the New Zealand Wars and the work yet to be done

A community activist from Taranaki looks at how a history of conflict has shaped our sense of citizenship and how some people in Taranaki are now turning up to a different conversation. 

How the ‘free speech’ excuse targets people of colour and trans people alike

The increased presence of anti-trans and white supremacist stickers around the University of Auckland campus is proof that inaction is enabling hate groups, write Anisha Sankar and Max Whitehurst.

It’s not just Greta: the Nobel Peace Prize belongs to indigenous climate activists

Adam Currie questions why the public are so keen to hear the Swedish teen's message over the indigenous youth who raised their voices long before Greta.

The future of papakāinga: there’s no place like home

Architectural designer and housing advocate Jade Kake looks at the current housing climate and what needs to change before Māori can have agency over their housing aspirations.

Harry Potter among 100 books set to be translated into te reo Māori

An initiative launched on Wednesday will translate 100 popular fiction books into te reo Māori, and it's kicking off with the first of the most popular book series of all time.

Fixing 30 years of substandard housing: Mere and Ngaro’s story

Mere and Ngaro Pita bought a home after moving to West Auckland as part of the great urban migration of the 70s. A bad lease nearly destroyed it, and they've struggled to maintain it ever since.

Why Israel Adesanya’s victory was a win for me too

Rapper Unchained XL explains what Nigerian-New Zealander Israel Adesanya's UFC win means for his own first generation Afro-Kiwi community.

Inequality in dental care is a Treaty issue

Gabrielle Baker went along to the Oral Health Equity Symposium to see how the best in New Zealand's dental sector are hoping to tackle inequities in New Zealand's oral healthcare.

Making sense of Tuia 250 through Barry Barclay’s prescient work

Miriama Aoake delved back into Barry Barclay's book Mana Tūturu: Māori Treasures and Intellectual Property Rights, in which the filmmaker reimagines Captain Cook's landing in Aotearoa if cameras were present. 

Move over, James Cook: Māori and Pacific voices on Tuia 250

The first encounter between Māori, Captain Cook and his crew ended in the murder and brutalising of nine Tūranaga-nui-a-kiwa ancestors. The Ministry of Culture and Heritage's intention to include Māori history and voyaging traditions in the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of that tragedy has been received with mixed results.

Things I Learned at Art School: Bob Jahnke

In this the fourth instalment of Things I Learned At Art School, Bob Jahnke on Māori identity, education and, on the occasion of the Tuia 250 commemorations, "getting Cooked".

The right to conquer and claim: Captain Cook and the Doctrine Of Discovery

On the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook arriving in Aotearoa, Tina Ngata looks at the 15th and 16th century laws that gave British and European monarchies permission to oppress and enslave indigenous people.

Kia māia: Ria Hall on the diversity failure in New Zealand’s music industry

Ria Hall (Ngāi Te Rangi) issued a challenge on representation in the New Zealand music industry to a standing ovation.

Māori versus settlers in the wrestling ring? Hell yes!

TVNZ's new online-only series Colonial Combat pits the the inhabitants of Kauri Bay – Māori, settlers, men, women, and many more besides – against each other in the ring.

The survivors of the Samoa tsunami, 10 years on

On the tenth anniversary of the tsunami that claimed 143 lives in Samoa, Sapeer Mayron speaks to the people who were there. 

Mana wahine, mana whenua: A photo essay from the Hiakai hāngī

The Hiakai hāngī was one of the most exciting events at this year's Visa Wellington On a Plate. Amber-Jayne Bain was there to document the journey of Monique Fiso and her talented international collaborators. 

How Ruth Richardson’s Mother of all Budgets is still f*cking us today

Laura O'Connell Rapira looks at what successive generations of an unregulated housing market does to welfare and housing for those in the margins. 

‘We are the victims but we are also the solution’: Indigenous climate activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

She was recently named by Time as one of the 15 women leading the fight against climate change. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim tells Kera Sherwood-O'Regan about the effects of the changing climate on her village growing up in Chad, especially on women and girls, and what spurred her to action.

A Rugby World Cup lesson: Disrespect the haka at your own peril

On Saturday, South African fans sang loudly over the top of the All Blacks' haka in the opening round of the Rugby World Cup. Opposing sides and crowds can do what they want, writes Louisa Tipene Opetaia, but should heed the lessons of the past.

Step up for Tāmaki: Rangatahi are ready to take action on climate

A new web series challenges the false idea that rangatahi Māori “aren’t engaged” in politics or civic participation, and presents what aims to be a more hopeful and inclusive alternative. 

Mana whenua have agreed to keeping the land at Ihumātao. So what comes next?

Kiingitanga has announced, after over a month of discussions, that mana whenua at Ihumātao want to keep the land. Fletcher Buildings still owns it.