Ātea Archive

Do we need a national day of remembrance for the New Zealand Wars?

The arguments for a national day to commemorate the New Zealand Wars are strong, but each iwi also has its own case for holding it on a separate date, writes RNZ's Shannon Haunui-Thompson.

The first, forgotten Anzacs, more than 50 years before Gallipoli

Australian and New Zealand volunteers fought together in the Waikato War, yet still its place in the Anzac tradition is unacknowledged by our defence forces or Returned Services Association

10 reasons why the government should return the Waitara lands

Taranaki are expected to host next year's national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars and yet the Waitara land-grab that sparked the Taranaki Wars has still yet to be resolved.

“You wouldn’t call a beer ‘Hitler’ or ‘Jesus'”: ‘Heke’ beer leaves bad taste for some

The name of a beer from a Waiheke brewing company has come under fire for its links to a prominent Ngāpuhi chief.

Grief and ashes: The Casketeers’ Francis Tipene on mourning in Māori culture

Grief is tough to navigate, wherever you come from. An incident involving the public sprinkling of ashes started a conversation this week on cultural belief versus the freedom to mourn however you need to.

Rangatahi on a mission: the young Māori taking their prison protest to the UN

This week a group of young Māori leaders are at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to address the building of a billion dollar prison on confiscated Māori land.

Rongoā Māori completes the health picture

One hundred and fifty Māori medical practitioners converged on Rotorua in March to discuss the Māori health Kaupapa Inquiry. Ātea's rongoā expert Donna Kerridge made this presentation to her peers.

Pākehā Māori: The American soldier who switched sides in the Taranaki Land Wars

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the controversial characters of New Zealand history. In this instalment: Kimble Bent, the American soldier who fought – and switched sides – in the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s.

Grateful horis and model minorities: why don’t we know we’re racist?

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and yet here we are at the end of another week of being asked to prove racism exists.

How the Waitangi Tribunal can make a difference in Māori health

Last weekend the New Zealand Māori Council with the National Hauora Coalition hosted a hui to discuss Wai 2575, the Waitangi Tribunal’s inquiry into Health Services and Outcomes. Gabrielle Baker was there.

No oil permits? No problem – just give us time to prepare

South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui have commended the government on its decision to stop block offers for offshore oil and gas exploration, despite holding more oil and mineral exploration permits than any other iwi.

How warring egos are hobbling Māori land trusts

Why is Māori land rife with conflict and challenges that impede land aspirations? A new study reveals that big egos are in the driving seat of many Māori land trusts.

Why the UN wants New Zealand to strengthen Māori rights

Last week, a UN committee noted concerns about the lack of constitutional protection in New Zealand for some types of human rights, including those of Māori. Carwyn Jones recommends the government revisit some relevant documents.

The Hurricanes prove why we need to do better at teaching the New Zealand Wars

If someone pitched you the idea of using a contentious event in New Zealand history that resulted in land confiscations, hundreds of deaths and years of intergenerational trauma as a marketing idea, what would your response be?

Rob Thorne is taking traditional Māori instruments into new worlds

Vincent Olsen-Reeder writes about collaborating with experimental Māori musician Rob Thorne and the New Zealand String Quartet, and the push and pull of multicultural exchange and taking traditional forms to new worlds.

What the heck is the Crown/Māori Relations portfolio?

The new Crown/Māori Relations portfolio was introduced (among other things) to improve the way government departments engage with Māori and find new and different opportunities for more active partnership. But what does that actually mean?

Finding a place to stand in a new landscape

With 84% of Māori now living in urban areas, away from ancestral lands, it has become difficult for many of us to maintain a sense of tūrangawaewae.

Kai on wheels: how Pūhā & Pākehā is taking Māori cuisine to the masses

Pūhā & Pākehā's Belinda McKay talks about filling a gap in the market, the challenges of cooking fusion food, and why a permanent restaurant might well be on the horizon.

Coming home to Tūhoe… wherever it may be

Every two years Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe allows Ngāi Tūhoe descendents to come together and celebrate their unique reo and culture. Jason Renes attended this year’s festival.

Māori and the Tax Working Group: how do we make the system more fair?

Business consultant and Treaty commentator Joshua Hitchcock looks at the terms of reference for the new Tax Working Group and asks – how can the tax system create a more equitable outcome for Māori? 

Power to the people: finding a cure for healthcare inequity

Māori, Pacific and low income groups have a health outcomes well below the rest of the population. In Dunedin there's a community that's come up with the medicine to treat itself. 

The Royal Commission into state care abuse: how to make a public submission

From today, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care is welcoming submissions from the public on the draft Terms of Reference.

Ka muri, ki mua: The vital role of a critical academic voice

The University of Waikato's dean of Māori and Indigenous Studies takes a moment to tautoko his colleague Professor Pou Temara in the wake of a petition to strip Sir Bob Jones of his knighthood.