Ātea Archive

Celebrating Te Huka Mātauraka, a home away from home for Dunedin’s Māori students

Te Huka Mātauraka, the University of Otago Māori Centre, celebrates its 30th birthday this year as a crucial part of life for the university's Māori students.

Learning to live by the maramataka: Whiringa-ā-rangi

Whiringa-ā-rangi (November) brings blossoming native flowers and delicious kaimoana.

‘The Māori trouble’ at Waitara: Revisiting the Taranaki wars and myths set in stone

A new documentary by Mihingarangi Forbes and Great Southern Television for RNZ tells of the first conflicts over the fertile lands of Taranaki. 

Signs, songs, stumps, symbols: A history of protest in Aotearoa in 350 objects

New book Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance explores our history of protest through objects symbolising the power and lasting legacy of activism in New Zealand.

Decolonising gender and sexuality in Wellington City

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: Whakawāhine Māori talk about finding space to explore their identity.

How to centre indigenous people in climate conversations

We need to amplify indigenous voices around the climate emergency, but what does that mean in practice?

What do rangatahi need to thrive in Christchurch?

He Kākano Ahau is a podcast by writer and activist Kahu Kutia (Ngāi Tūhoe) that explores stories of Māori in the city. In episode two: rangatahi making connections in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

The Parole Board has a racism problem and it’s hurting all of us

The prison and remand systems, courts and police have an institutional racism problem that sees Māori imprisoned at an alarmingly high rate. The Parole Board are no different.

Marcus Lush is on the right side of history. Mangling Māori names is no longer ‘the way it is’

While we can’t ever get our voices entirely away from the way we were brought up, we have a choice.

Innocent until proven guilty? Not if you’re Māori, poor or homeless

Like other parts of the criminal justice system, bias in New Zealand's remand system continues to discriminate against Māori.

Treaty settlements are a fraud

In this charged essay, Morgan Godfery takes stock of Treaty of Waitangi interpretations that pay lip service to values without honouring the core tenets of power. 

What do we really know about gender diversity in te ao Māori?

Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa) has been looking to Māori stories and storytellers to learn more about our gender identities before colonisation. There's a lot to be read between the lines, she writes.

Those who build the house: How Tapu Te Ranga marae is rising from the ashes

He Kākano Ahau is a podcast by Kahu Kutia (Ngāi Tūhoe) that explores stories of Māori in the city, and weaves together strands of connection. In episode one: the legacy of urban marae Tapu te Ranga.

Mother or villain? How Māori women offenders are portrayed in news reporting

Criminologist Antje Deckert has just completed a two-year study of how women offenders are portrayed in New Zealand newspapers. The results show journalists are telling very different stories abut Māori and Pākehā. 

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.