A New Start for Ka Tōnuitanga

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... Continue Reading →


Unwinding A Straw-Man: ACT and Maori Quotas

There has been a lot of nonsense from Jamie Whyte (leader of the ACT Party for the uninitiated) over equality for the law and the prevalence of Maori privilege in New Zealand. I'm not going to link to the speeches, but I do want to take him to task over his straw-man argument about Maori... Continue Reading →

Tales From The Road – Ngāti Awa

I am halfway into a 5 month secondment with Te Runanga o Ngāti Awa down in Whakatane and it is turning into one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  I have long worked with Hapu and Iwi groups but this is the first time that I have worked in an Iwi organisation.  ... Continue Reading →

Deconstructing the Lack of Capability Myth

From Te Manu Korihi: Chris Karamea Insley of iwi development company 37 Degrees South said the review would tidy up the structures and laws but it would not drive the development of Maori land. He said the Maori trusts and incorporations which hold large scale assets didn't have the capability, staffing or technical expertise to... Continue Reading →

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