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Voting Intentions and the Māori Electorates

In Te Ao Māori on September 21, 2017 at 9:00 am

For several elections now I have been publicly stating my voting intentions.  As a political commentator I believe that it is important that my views are clearly stated as these do inform my commentary.  Regular readers will know that I am a member of the Māori Party and I have also provided a financial donation this year to both the Māori Party and the Mana Party.  However, that does not necessarily guarantee that I will always vote for the Māori Party.  In today’s one-off post I set out my prior voting record, my voting intentions for this years election, and an analysis of how I see the Māori Electorates voting on Saturday.

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My 2017 Election Manifesto

In Te Ao Māori on April 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

With a little over 5 months to go until the 2017 General Election, and the policy announcements starting to ramp up, I sat down and thought through what my priorities are in this election and what will guide my thinking in deciding who to vote for.  My voting record is fairly unorthodox, and something I have written about before on this site.  Of the four elections to date that I have been eligible to vote in, I have voted twice and abstained twice – with both my votes going to minor parties.  As is well-known to those who read this site regularly, I am a member of the maori party and consider it highly likely that they will once again receive my vote this year.  That said, my priorities are in 5 areas:

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Ka Tōnuitanga in 2017

In Te Ao Māori on January 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

I’m back. 

I started this blog back in 2011 as a way of talking about Māori issues in the lead up to that years general election.  It was a space that had been neglected for far too long, and only one or two of us were writing seriously about the big issues of the day and the impact they had on Te Ao Māori.  As we once again enter an election year (seriously, can we move to a four-year term already), it is time to pick up the pen (or, in this case, my hideously expensive but delightfully easy to use Macbook Air) and restart the conversation on my little corner of the internet about Māori politics and the Māori economy.

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Man, Know Thyself

In Te Ao Māori on May 13, 2016 at 12:54 am

If we are talking about who needs to apologise, the National Government needs to apologise for the disgraceful actions that it has inflicted upon Māori in the past.  Who remembers Don Brash in Ōrewa?  Who remembers that speech?  Who remembers the hate that was whipped up from that dog whistle, from that Government over that?

This was a comment made by Rino Tirikatene, the current Labour member for Te Tai Tonga, speaking in General Debate in Parliament on Wednesday 11 May 2016.  A member of the party that confiscated the foreshore and seabed in 2004, invaded Ngāi Tūhoe in October 2007, and refused to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Who remembers?  Indeed.

Our Stories: Mana Magazine Feb/Mar Edition

In Te Ao Māori on February 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

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The latest edition of Mana Magazine hits the shelves today with a Rangatahi-themed edition and one very insightful article on the historical roots of our housing problems, displaced urban Māori and how history continues to repeat itself.  Also included is my latest column looking at economic development, and my attention this month turns to Ngāi Tūhoe and their efforts to assert their Mana Motuhake.

You can check out the latest edition here.