Ātea Archive

How Ngāi Tahu turned a landmark settlement into a billion dollar iwi empire

Ngāi Tahu spent 150 years in poverty, dispossessed of the vast majority of their whenua and mahinga kai. Today, 20 years on from their landmark settlement with the Crown, they're sitting atop a billion dollar pūtea.

Hey UK brewers, cultural appropriation is not cool

New Zealand hops are hot property in the beer world, but some overseas breweries' tone-deaf homages to Aotearoa are causing offence. 

Learning to live by the Maramataka: Whiringa-ā-nuku

The low energy day of Whiro is best spent fasting, meditating and cleansing the body. Want to know more? Check out the maramataka for October. 

In defence of the Māori caucus’s support for Meka Whaitiri

The Māori caucus statement that it stands by Meka Whaitiri is simply tikanga in action, writes Morgan Godfery.

When Christianity came to Aotearoa: 150 years of The Bible in te reo Māori

A tool of colonisation or liberation? Te Paipera Tapu (The Holy Bible) turns 150 this year, with the first full translation being published in 1868. Dr Hirini Kaa shares some of the cultural and historical significance of this book.

Recognising Māori intellectual property is essential for international trade

It has been 25 years since the commencement of the Wai 262 claim, and seven years since the Waitangi Tribunal's Ko Aotearoa Tēnei report. So why are we still waiting for the New Zealand government to respond?

Unfortunately, Fraser High School’s principal is right in many ways

The consequences of truancy for Māori students are as shocking that speech, writes Graham Cameron.

One year in, how have our Māori MPs and ministers rated?

Almost one year ago to the day New Zealanders went to the polls, returning a record 29 Māori MPs. māui street editor Morgan Godfery picks his faves and rates them out of 10 for performance.

Whose law is it anyway? Treaty legislation and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has dipped its toes into the Crown’s settlement negotiations with Hauraki iwi in a decision on whether Ngāti Whātua can challenge elements of that settlement in court. 

How Hinewehi Mohi made the Māori national anthem mainstream

When Hinewehi Mohi was asked to sing the anthem before New Zealand's 1999 quarter final versus England, she made a choice that would change the pregame ritual for good.

Let’s not forget that Māori women had the vote long before Europeans arrived

To mark the anniversary of women's suffrage, we republish this essay from International Women's Day 2018 about how Māori women can find their way back to equity through the stories of the past.

From the wharekai to the artisanal food market

A group of entrepreneurial aunties from Ōmaka marae in Blenheim and their delicious preserves are finalists in the New Zealand Artisan Awards.

Navigating single life in te reo Māori

Ra Pomare conveys the eternal bliss of being single with three handy phrases in te reo.

Parliament can’t keep ignoring the New Zealand Wars

As the second annual commemoration of the New Zealand Wars approaches, Green MP Gareth Hughes lays down a wero for his fellow MPs.

How the Irish have embraced compulsory language learning

The debate continues on whether compulsory schooling could be effective as a te reo Māori revitalisation tool. Kristin Hall reports on the view from Ireland. 

The lasting legacy of a Pākehā teacher who believed in the power of te reo Māori

At the beginning of Te Wiki o Te Reo 2018, a new app was launched that translated images into Māori, which has since been downloaded over 800,000 times.

My te reo journey: journalist Meriana Johnsen

This is the te reo journey of one very colonised Māori, writes journalist Meriana Johnsen.

Race-baiting in the mainstream media and being ‘acceptably’ Māori

Ātea editor Leonie Hayden and Newsroom’s Emma Espiner sat down to talk race-baiting in mainstream media and why they’re not doing the heavy lifting anymore.

Turning Māori Language Week into a life-long celebration of te reo and whānau

Nichole Brown shares her love of Te Reo Māori and her hope that together we can turn Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori into more than a week-long celebration of a beautiful language.

How did a 77-year-old white guy become the go-to media voice on Māori issues?

If Don Brash can be invited onto national television to speak about Māori language week then I can speak about almost anything too.

Speak Māori to me! Letting people know you’re keen to kōrero Māori

What if there was a way you could show your willingness to kōrero Māori with others in public? 

Oral traditions show that early Māori recognised the extinction of the moa

After Europeans arrived, moa were used a metaphor for the feared extinction of Māori themselves, write the authors of a new study.

The Port of Tauranga has become a megachurch: too big to touch

Pipi beds die and algae blooms, but iwi are repeatedly told 'there's nothing to see here', writes Graham Cameron.

When ‘good’ is the enemy of ‘great’

‘How do you recognise what’s preventing you from experiencing your potential if you’re not aware of it, or don’t know what it looks like?’