Ātea Archive

Common ground: Behind the scenes of the hāngī

In the latest in the Frame documentary series produced for The Spinoff by Wrestler and funded by NZ on Air, we follow chef Luke Adams as he prepares a hāngī for his children's school fundraiser. 

Kaupapa On The Couch: Celebrate the Māori way! (WATCH)

Nau mai, haere mai ki Kaupapa On The Couch, a webseries about Māori issues and stuff, hosted by Leonie Hayden. This episode: how to party like your ancestors.

Why is Christchurch Hospital displaying photos of staff in blackface?

A ‘Christmas tradition’ featuring photos of urology consultants in dark brown makeup and afro wigs has angered members of the public.

Kirihimete gift guide: how to support Māori businesses and makers this Christmas

Need some last minute Christmas present ideas? Why not support Māori-owned business while you're at it?

‘Black Pete is a symbol of slavery, oppression, racism and ignorance’

The man who sat down with the owner of Dutch Delights and convinced him to do away with the blackface tradition talks about Black Pete and its racist history.

Learning to live by the Maramataka: Hakihea

We are entering the fourth phase of summer and the teoteo are calling out to let you know their chicks have hatched. Read on to find out what else Hakihea (December) holds.

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.

He kapu tī māu? Championing te reo through tea

Two Auckland friends have combined their love of tea with their passion for te reo Māori – and turned it into a business.

The day Māori women first got to vote – as told by some creepy guy

125 years after New Zealand women won the right to vote, we take a look at what the first polling day looked like for Māori women... sort of.

A society that denies the incarcerated a vote is a society stamping on human rights

As a formerly incarcerated person, I know that denying the right to vote violates respect for human dignity, sending the message that absolute rehabilitation is impossible.

The Pride Parade issue is about racism too

Emilie Rākete on the issue that many of the Pride sponsors and participants have overlooked – it's not just about a history of transphobia and homophobia, it's about racism too.

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.

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.