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Know Your Place (this is a White Man’s Island)

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, January 12th, 2017 - 76 comments

Just remember that

Refining that dog whistle

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 10th, 2017 - 71 comments

Bill English has used a proposal for timing of his Waitangi speech to wrongly claim that he is being silenced.  And most of the media bought it.

English won’t attend Waitangi Day

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, January 9th, 2017 - 190 comments

I don’t think it does a PM any harm to shut up and listen for a change instead of talking, but this does not seem to be possible for the Nats.

Vincent O’Malley: wars we choose to remember and forget

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, October 19th, 2016 - 9 comments

Vincent O’Malley writes at The Guardian about how we should, or don’t, remember the New Zealand wars.

Protecting the seabed and foreshore

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, October 19th, 2016 - 7 comments

With the sudden departure of deep sea drilling company Statoil from Northland here’s a timely look the role of community action in that, the state of play in NZ and what is next.

Marama Fox to Richard Prosser: how much more do we have to be dicked around?

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, September 21st, 2016 - 201 comments

The New Zealand First MP had no answers for the Māori Party co-leader after NZF pulled their support for five major Treaty settlements at the eleventh hour.

The Kermadecs and racist environmentalism

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 pm, September 18th, 2016 - 154 comments

This week has been a revelation in how willing Pākehā are to throw Māori under the bus for the sake of environmentalism.

Maori Party to make a stand?

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, September 15th, 2016 - 113 comments

The Maori Party are threatening to pull out of their confidence & supply agreement with National.  This would leave National with a Hair-thin majority in the House. The Kermadec Sanctuary, if handled with competence instead of arrogance, should have been a massive win for National.

Can a national park be a person?

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 6th, 2016 - 17 comments

While New Zealand trashes its water and argues over whether we are allow to say ‘dairy cow’ at the same time, this 1 min video on The Guardian Facebook page about the Rights of Nature in NZ gets 2.4 million views

Nanaia Mahuta: “I refuse to engage in the politics of desperation”

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 108 comments

The MP for Hauraki-Waikato has responded strongly to the latest jibes coming from the Māori Party.

Guest post: Tane Phillips for Māori Vice President

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 11 comments

The Standard’s authors have offered candidates for the upcoming Labour Party internal elections the chance to guest post about why they’re running. Tane Phillips has been nominated for the position of Māori Vice President. Here’s his vision for the role and the party.

Racism, middle NZ and Māori

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, August 22nd, 2016 - 141 comments

In seeking to understand and remedy racism in NZ we should start with the actions of governments and leaders, not with the words of blowhard media constructs.

What if there were only 34 more whitebait harvests left?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 19th, 2016 - 78 comments

Water is life not merely wadeable.

Wahine toa

Written By: - Date published: 5:04 pm, August 8th, 2016 - 38 comments

Nanaia Mahuta will tomorrow become the first woman MP to wear the moko in Parliament.

Kiwi Treason

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, August 4th, 2016 - 181 comments

Vegemite and marmite taste the same, rugby is naff, John Clarke’s an Australian. What?

Maori health and children not a priority

Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, July 11th, 2016 - 77 comments

Essential reading, two pieces highlighting institutional racism today. Someone needs to ask the Maori Party how proud they are to be propping up this government.

Hone Harawira is getting the band back together

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, June 20th, 2016 - 54 comments

It’s useful with controversial politicians to hear what they actually say, and in context too. Here’s Harawira in his own words.

Return of the living dead

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, April 12th, 2016 - 37 comments

Don Brash has been resuscitated and is complaining about privilege and preferential treatment.  Not of rich old white people like himself but because Maori rights to Taonga may be recognised.

RIP Dr Ranginui Walker

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, February 29th, 2016 - 11 comments

Dr Ranginui Walker, leader, academic and writer on Māori issues, has died aged 83.

Key’s sham “consultation” an insult to Māori

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, February 11th, 2016 - 17 comments

Last week 95bFM tweeted some audio from a Key media session, which shows his “consultation” with Māori over the TPP to be a condescending sham.

PM should get over Waitangi problems

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, February 5th, 2016 - 111 comments

From the archives.

The great big list of John Key’s big fat lies (UPDATED)

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 27th, 2016 - 76 comments

How many more lies will John Key tell today in his so-called State of the Nation address? Virtual chocolate fish to whomever guesses the closest number.

Key deserved boos for his TPP lies at Ratana

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 25th, 2016 - 113 comments

Key’s “strident” defence of the TPP was booed at Ratana yesterday. With good reason, because his glib assurance that “Not a single part of TPP cuts across the Treaty of Waitangi” is yet another Key lie.

Ratana – LIVE

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, January 24th, 2016 - 46 comments

Te Reo Putake is live blogging the visits of politicians to Rātana pā during the weekend celebration of the life of church founder Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana. The shadow of the TPPA hangs over the weekend; how will our political leaders address this latest attack on Te Tiriti o Waitangi?

Collins and the “monster” board

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, December 7th, 2015 - 43 comments

Idiot turn of phrase or deliberately inflammatory? You be the judge.

New Powers to Ministers to screw Iwi

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, July 2nd, 2015 - 25 comments

The Social Housing Reform (Transaction Mandate) Bill allows designated Ministers to sell off state houses. Currently Housing New Zealand has no such power. Interestingly however this Government could introduce a Bill with criteria to enable sales to be signed off by the CE of Housing New Zealand but instead they are seeking that power for themselves. But within it there is a fishhook for iwi. UPDATE: comment from Turei and response from Bennett

An open letter to Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 432 comments

A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!

The Government’s Auckland Housing policy fiasco grows

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, June 16th, 2015 - 20 comments

The Herald has reported that, contrary to John Key’s assurances that the Government did not have to do so, one of the pieces of land set aside for the Government’s affordable housing partnership with private developers has already been offered to iwi under right of first refusal.

Smith embarrassed as Iwi propose legal proceedings over Auckland housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:51 am, June 15th, 2015 - 60 comments

Ngati Whatua and Waikato-Tainui have announced that they will seek a declaration from the High Court on their rights to participate in the constructing of social housing on Crown land in Auckland.  Their proposal that the Crown joins with them in making a joint application is a good one.  Surely Nick Smith will agree to this.

Auckland land shambles

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 3rd, 2015 - 89 comments

The problems for National’s housing plans for keep coming, with Ngati Whatua pointing out that it has first call on the land to be “freed up” under treaty agreements.

National Ltd™Plays The Race Card

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, May 7th, 2015 - 16 comments

The Auditor General found that no one in National Ltd™, the Māori Party, Te Puni Korkiri, or any other of its apologists can detail exactly what Whānau Ora is supposed to be doing, provide evidence of its outcomes, or explain why up to 33% of the money is being paid in “administration”. In other words, Whānau Ora is a shambles. And dodgy.

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