Ātea Archive

What Cook missed when he landed

The current New Zealand innovator of the year is on a mission to sear the real story of New Zealand’s discovery into the minds of a generation of New Zealanders.

Facebook and Stuff are allowing racism to flourish on their platforms

The People's Harassment Report, a study undertaken by ActionStation and UMR, found one in three Māori online faced racial abuse in 2018.

Melodie Robinson: New Zealand’s first Barbie doll

Commentator and former Black Fern Melodie Robinson has become the first New Zealander to be given the Barbie treatment.

Why social media is not a safe place for indigenous people

A new study analysing the number of racist versus supportive comments in two large online forums reveals some sobering facts about Māori experiences online.

The $50 billion Māori economy is nowhere big enough

Size is relative, and a recent report on iwi investment shows that despite growth, the Māori economy has a long way to go.

Learning to live by the Maramataka: Poutūterangi

The summer is nearly over and it's time to harvest and store for the winter months ahead.

The incredible legacy of Dame June Jackson

For decades she stood up for urban Māori and provided services to a community that was often overlooked. Close friends and family celebrate the life of Dame Temuranga “June” Batley-Jackson.

Give rivers more room to flood

Researcher Dan Hikuroa looks at the fate of our waterways and how matauranga Māori can help us read the warning signs earlier. 

Kapa haka got me through high school

Te Matatini starts today, and one kapa haka fan is very excited.

Jandals and aroha: a survival kit for Te Matatini

As thousands of spectators arrive in Wellington for Te Matatini this week, we present the best survival tips from some of the festival's biggest fans.

Two perspectives: Waitangi Day 2019

Two accounts of a day spent at Waitangi on Waitangi Day 2019 – one from tangata whenua and one from tangata tiriti. 

Waitangi Week: Morgan Godfery on the myths and stereotypes of urban Māori

"Everything we know about urban Māori is probably wrong", writes Morgan Godfery, in his review of a new study by Bradford Haami.

Learning to live by the Maramataka: Huitanguru

It’s Huitanguru, the ninth month of the Māori year – also known as Pēpuere – when we move from the fifth summer phase to the sixth and seeds pods burst and release their seeds onto the ground.

There’s something off about the London Waitangi Day Pub Crawl

Every year, thousands of New Zealand immigrants in London celebrate Waitangi Day by dressing up, publicly getting drunk, and doing the haka, and it makes Madeleine Chapman shudder.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: the comic book

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

Te Tiriti voices: Māori and Pākehā on what the Treaty means to them

Hinerangi Rhind-Wiri, Haylee Koroi and Lizzie Strickett spoke to friends and whānau about what a living Treaty of Waitangi partnership looks like.

Why history teachers want NZ history to be a compulsory subject

A new petition is calling for changes to address New Zealand students' 'shameful' ignorance of their country's history, writes RNZ's John Gerritsen.

‘Waitangi dildo’ protestor banned from Waitangi Treaty grounds

Three years on from making the word 'dildo' ubiquitous in respectable New Zealand homes, Josie Butler says 'f*** you' to a notice trespassing her from her own ancestral lands.

One family, three generations of Māori doctors

Jack Tapsell is the product of a family dedicated to the health and wellbeing of Māori. The most recent University of Otago medical graduate talks to Leonie Hayden about carrying on the legacy of his father and grandfather.

Kaupapa on the Couch: What does your hair say about you? (WATCH)

Nau mai, haere mai ki Kaupapa On The Couch, a webseries from The Spinoff about Māori issues and stuff, hosted by Leonie Hayden.

The Māori Party and TOP: dream team or disaster?

The parties founded by Tariana Turia and Gareth Morgan both failed to make parliament at the last election, and now there's talk of a collaboration to turn that around.

No, Kiwibuild isn’t doomed – yet. Here’s what needs to change to stop it failing

Māori architectural designer Jade Kake looks at the latest Kiwibuild news and offers some solutions.

Melbourne bar unrepentant over use of tā moko to promote beer event

A Melbourne bar that used an image of a 19th-century St Kilda mayor with tā moko drawn on to promote a New Zealand beer showcase has been accused of mocking Māori culture.

When Nathan Phillips stood up to white supremacy he stood up for our people, too

I had the privilege to stand alongside Mātua Nathan and his daughter Alethea in New York last year. Now is a moment of progressive global outrage. It will pass, but his work will not.