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Ironically, Maori are expected to "celebrate" Waitangi Day and yet....#2

The following is the journey of yet another mother trying to get her son access to quality education for her son here in New Zealand Yes, Maori again Her journey is totally unacceptable and we continue to WAIT for professionals to resolve the issues This is how Maori are treated here in New Zealand We are expected to be grateful for what we get and to "celebrate" Waitangi Day on 6 February 2023 183 years later and this is the best our NZ education system can offer our people? As Maori, we...

Ironically, tomorrow Maori "celebrate" Waitangi Day and yet....

Ironically, tomorrow Maori "celebrate" Waitangi Day and yet...our people and our children continue to be over-represented in statistics that show that they face barriers to accessing quality education. Waitangi Day "celebrates" the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi on 6 February 1840. An agreement signed between representatives of the British Crown and more than 500 Māori chiefs. British Crown versus Māori Tomorrow is 6 February 2023 183 years Despite Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and all the plethora...

‘Racism is rampant’: Alien Weaponry, the metal band standing up for Māori culture (

‘We either fight for the language to be revived or it’s gonna die’ … Alien Weaponry (L-R): Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds, Lewis de Jong, Henry de Jong. Photograph: Piotr Kwasnik Author: Matt Mills article, please click here. New Zealand was a war zone in the mid-1800s. On one side were the British and the colonial government, craving a stranglehold on more of the country’s land. On the other were the indigenous Māori people, fighting to preserve tino rangatiratanga : their sovereignty and...

Growth through trauma

There is growth through trauma. Hard as it is, there IS growth through trauma. Very often, we do not see it at the time. It is not until we reflect on what happened and find possible reasons why we faced a flashback or responded so badly to a trigger. I have been forcing myself to attend the Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in Care hearings because I wanted to discover WHY professionals working in our State institutions would cause harm to children and youth. I wanted to discover WHY they...

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