Ātea Archive

Maioha Award finalists: fearless navigators negotiating ever-shifting tides

The five finalists of APRA's Maioha Award were announced today. We looks at the final five and their place in the future of te reo Māori.

Māori don’t need Chris Hipkins to tell us what’s best for our mokopuna

Shane Te Pou looks at the Ministry of Education's plans to close down the current charter school model, and what it means for Māori education.

Simon says the seasons are changing, but my calendar says, not yet…

Are our plants blooming early, or are we using a redundant system to coordinate our lives?

What social enterprises in Aotearoa can learn from Māoritanga

New Zealand should be using Māori cultural practices to better understand what social enterprise is – and what it could be.

Form, foliage and fragrance – celebrating the native plants of the South Island

A new book about the Māori uses of the plants of the South Island uncovers some surprising uses.

Western theory isn’t the only way: celebrating Māori and Pasifika science at DiscoveryCamp

DiscoveryCamp is inspiring young Māori and Pasifika students to persist with science. Simon Day talks to three graduates about the opportunities the programme has provided.

TVNZ pulls doco peddling pre-Māori-civilisation pseudo-science

Skeletons in the Cupboard, a documentary that includes the claim seven foot tall, red-headed Celts built complex astrological stone monuments before Māori arrived in Aotearoa

Māori girl: unnamed but not forgotten

Curator matauranga Māori at Te Papa, Matariki Williams, introduces a woman that watches over the Ngā Tai Whakarongorua exhibition at Te Papa, known only as Maori girl.

What now for the Māori seats?

The Māori electoral option results are in, but for now we have more questions than answers.

Al Nisbet no longer has a job and today has been a good day

Al Nisbet's loudest detractor bids a farewell to the controversial cartoon slinger.

The power struggle in the Māori Women’s Welfare League

Māui Street editor Morgan Godfery with an exclusive look at the internal rift threatening the Māori Women's Welfare League.

Mere Harper: the Ngāi Tahu midwife who helped found Plunket

This Sunday, five wāhine Māori are telling stories at Te Papa about the women who have inspired and shaped them. Helen Brown (Ngāi Tahu) remembers Mere Harper (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa) – midwife, porter, wahine toa.

Learning to live by the maramataka: Aponga

Introducing our new maramataka column. Each month Ayla Hoeta will share insights into the tohu of the whenua, rangi and moana, as well as key dates to add into your calendar.

Move over astrology, it’s time to return to the Māori lunar calendar

Today, we celebrate the resurgence of the maramataka

The monoculture is dead, and hooray for that

Hobson's Pledge and their ilk argue for a culture that treats everyone the same. Anthropologist Haimona Gray looks at what's actually at stake when we embrace multiculturalism.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: the comic book

Toby Morris has illustrated a new publication in the School Journal Story Library that tells the story of the Treaty of Waitangi

Māori kids lose out when the charter school debate is drowned in ideology

Māori education is too important to fall victim to partisan battles

Photo essay: Maxine’s moko kauae journey

The paths that lead to receiving moko kauae, the tattooed marks worn on the face by Māori women for centuries, vary from person to person. For one Waikato woman, it was a tribute to her mother.

The Moriori myth and why it’s still with us

The go-to argument for many people spouting anti-Māori sentiment often starts with '... but Māori killed all the Moriori'. Researcher Keri Mills is eager for fellow Pākehā to do some reading before reaching for this lazy argument.

Understanding the world through whakapapa: introducing our new Māori lifestyle column

‘Trust the process’ is more than a tagline for self-love or enlightenment. In her first Spinoff column, Hana Tapiata uses the Māori creation story to reveal a blueprint for living well and realising potential.

Has the 2018 Census failed Māori?

A lack of consultation with Māori, and less participation in the 2018 Census across the board, shows that indigenous data sovereignty is more important than ever.

Barefoot sound and electro-haka beats: Huia Hamon on making music her way

A decade on from her first solo album, Huia Hamon releases Āio, a te reo Māori EP about peace, knowledge and self-reflection.

What works to get Māori women to quit

Winston Peters has condemned the Smokefree 2025 initiative and called for a lower excise tax on tobacco. But is that really the right answer for wāhine Māori?

Whakawhanaungatanga, not censorship: A Māori perspective on ‘free speech’

What Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern actually say and do is more important than an ideological argument about freedom of expression, argues Graham Cameron.