The award-winning series Scratched: Aotearoa’s Lost Sporting Legends has returned for a third season, celebrating five more New Zealand athletes whose incredible achievements have been forgotten by history.
The new season is available to watch in full on The Spinoff, with episodes recognising the feats of triathlete Erin Baker, the nine-time world champion who won 104 of the 112 races she competed in; Sheree Taylor, one of New Zealand’s first woman woodchoppers; pole dancing warrior Ryoko (Koko) Ibraki; Samoan-New Zealand professional boxer Ali Afakasi, who was tipped to become world champion; and track runner Marise Chamberlain, who competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Made with the support of NZ On Air.
Joe Hawke, the prominent kaumātua and activist who led the long-running Takaparawhā occupation at Auckland’s Bastion Point in the late 1970s, has died aged 82.
Born in Tāmaki Makaurau in 1940, Joseph Parata Hohepa Hawke of Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei led his people in their efforts to reclaim their land at Ōrākei. He later became a member of parliament and was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
He had been involved in land issues in his role as secretary of Te Matakite o Aotearoa, and took part in the land march led by Dame Whina Cooper in 1975. In January 1977 Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei walked onto their ancestral land on the Auckland waterfront and began an occupation that lasted 506 days.
Hawke was among the 222 people arrested in May 1978 when police, backed by army personnel, ejected the protesters off their whenua.
In archival audio recorded during the protest he exhibited his relentless commitment to the reclamation and return of whenua Māori – his people’s land – and for equality.
“We are landless in our own land, Takaparawha means a tremendous amount to our people. The struggle for the retention of this land is the most important struggle which our people have faced for many years. To lose this last bit of ground would be a death blow to the mana, to the honour and to the dignity of the Ngāti Whātua people.
“We are prepared to go the whole way because legally we have the legal right to do it,” Hawke said in 1977.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party on their Australian election win.
“I spoke to Anthony Albanese early this morning as he was preparing to address his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I’m really looking forward to formally meeting with him soon,” Jacinda Ardern said.
“Anthony and I have had the chance to meet before and I have no doubt we’ll have a strong working relationship that will serve both countries well.
“Australia is our most important partner, our only official ally and single economic market relationship, and I believe our countries will work even more closely together in these tumultuous times.
“I would also like to acknowledge the strong working relationship I had with Scott Morrison. I am confident that the close and unique relationship between New Zealand and Australia will continue under Mr Albanese’s leadership.
“I hope to meet prime minister Albanese in the near future, and look forward to working with him on a range of issues including supporting New Zealanders living in Australia, making trans-Tasman business even easier, deepening our partnership with our close friends in the Pacific, and advancing our interests on the world stage.
“Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are at our best when we work together; when we acknowledge our mutual interests, our shared values and the uniqueness of our perspectives; when we stand united as allies and whānau, recognising the strength in our diversity,” Jacinda Ardern said.
Scott Morrison conceded defeat late last night after voters rounded on his Coalition government, ending nine years of conservative rule of Australia.
The new prime minister will be Anthony Albanese, leader of the Labor Party. However it’s still unclear if his party will govern alone or form a coalition with the Greens.
Both the Greens and the so-called “teal independents”, who campaigned on green issues and gender equality, had very good election nights, picking up seats particularly in Western Australia and affluent central-city areas.
Labor, too, made gains, and may yet be able to form a government on its own with a small majority. But it did not do as well as it hoped. Instead, it was the rise of smaller parties – fuelled by anger over climate change, sexism and government sleaze – that was the story of the night.
“It was a landslide defeat for the Morrison government, but only a slim victory for Labor, with the difference made up by a crossbench that will be bigger than ever in both houses,” said The Guardian.
A New York Times analysis headed “Australia’s New Leader Faces Peril of Winning as ‘Not the Other Guy’” noted that, “Like Biden before him, Anthony Albanese enters office more on the back of disgust at the conservative incumbent than enthusiasm for his leadership.” Once in office, the low-key Albanese may find it hard to summon excitement for an agenda that had been only loosely defined during the campaign, Australian bureau chief Damien Cave wrote.
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