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Ihumātao | No Treaty Settlement opens three-way Solution
Dr Rawiri Taonui: As requested by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Kīngitanga have returned from discussions with mana whenua and called on the Government to negotiate with Fletcher Residential to return the Ōruarangi land at Ihumātao to its ‘rightful owners’..Read more

Ihumātao | Auckland Council Fails to Front
Dr Rawiri Taonui: This column examines proposals from Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and mayoral candidate John Tamihere for resolving the impasse at Ihumātao, explores measures other councils have taken in similar situations, and questions why the Auckland Council is not applying its ten-year $1.18 billion open space budget to Ihumātao..Read more

Ihumātao | National Party Solutions | More Problematic than Helpful
Dr Rawiri Taonui: This column looks at the National Party proposals for resolving the stand-off over the Fletcher Residential Special Housing Project at Ihumātao..Read more

Ihumātao | Tangata Whenua vs Mana Whenua
Dr Rawiri Taonui: This third article on Ihumātao investigates the mana whenua mandate of tribal entities associated with the proposed Fletcher Residential housing development at Ihumatao. Interrogating this question requires understanding the traditional terminology, the historical location of interests in 1840, the support and remit of tribal structures and how any incongruities may have arisen..Read more

Ihumātao | He Raupatu Tuarua | A Second Confiscation
Dr Rawiri Taonui; This column investigates how the proposed Fletcher Residential development at Ihumātao, the National government’s Special Housing Area policy and the preoccupation of the Auckland Council, the courts and statutory bodies on preserving Māori culture as an icon of the past rather than restoring the living relationship between Māori and their whenua constitutes a second confiscation.Read more

Ihumātao Te Riri Pākehā | The White Manís Anger
Dr Rawiri Taonui;This column is part one of three on Ihumātao. This part traces the historical injustices behind Ihumātao. Part two outlines the legal progress and rising opposition against the Fletchers Residential development, the contradiction between justice for Māori and preserving Māori as an artefact, and how the Crown has divided mana whenua. Part three examines the political implications of Ihumātao..Read more

Does size matter? The Cross-Cultural Politics of the Penis.
Dr Rawiri Taonui: Those who apply a cultural double standard to condemn indigenous art as obscene while ignorant of their own tradition are the sorts of people who refer to sexual intercourse as having a naughty..Read more

It's okay to kōrero, it's okay to be Māori
Dr Rawiri Taonui: In Tauranga last week there was a ‘It’s okay to be White’ leaflet drop. Complaints also came to light against netball teams from Māori schools for speaking te reo on court..Read more

Is Christchurch the capital of white racism in New Zealand
Dr Rawiri Taonui: Christchurch has suffered a lot over the past decade with the earthquakes and the white supremacist shooting that killed 51 members of the Muslim community in February of this year..Read more

Is Willie Jackson a racist or Paula Bennett a bigot?

Dr Rawiri Taonui: The spat between Labour’s Minister of Employment Willie Jackson and National Deputy Leader Paula Bennett raises issues about Māori identity.
 

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Māori collective values and economic prosperity.
Dr Rawiri Taonui: Late last year, the Motu - Economic and Public Policy Research Trust paper Indigenous Belief in a Just World: NZ Maori and other Ethnicities Compared (reported in the Herald 23 September 2015) arguing that because Maori collectivist values were like those of other indigenous, African American and Chinese belief systems they were undermining of Maori economic success..Read more

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