November 11, 2014

Standing in this place: How do Pākehā support justice for Māori?

You are invited to attend the 2014 Quaker Lecture, Standing in this place: How do Pākehā support justice for Māori?

With David James, Jillian Wychel, Linda Wilson, Murray Short

Time: arrive 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start

Date: Tuesday 18 November 2014

Venue: Mt Eden Friends Meeting House, 113 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland

If you are unable to get there in the evening, there is also the opportunity to hear it at 10:30 am that morning – also in the Meeting House. Arrive 10:00 am.


Film Screening: Tatarakihi – The Children of Parihaka

When: Monday 10 November at 7:00pm

Where: Friends Meeting House, 113 Mt Eden Rd.

A koha will be collected.

This Paora Joseph film is being screened near to 5 November, Parihaka Day. It will be introduced by Maata Hurita Wharehoka with a Q and A session afterwards.

Tatarakihi - The Children of Parihaka

Watch the trailer here, or read on for information from the film’s website.

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October 19, 2014

New Institutional Racism policy for Public Health Sector

Institutional racism is defined as an entrenched pattern of differential access to material resources and power determined by race, which advantages one subpopulation while disadvantaging another. In short it is a form of structural violence that is a key enabler of health inequities.

After a robust consultation process, this month the Public Health Association (a peak public health organisation) endorsed an institutional racism policy that had previously been ratified by the Health Promotion Forum (a peak health promotion organisation).  It would be great if it had been a Ministry of Health policy or one or all of the District Health Boards but it is a critical stepping stone. This policy sponsored by the PHA Special Interest Group on Institutional Racism will now be a lever to encourage public health/health promotion practitioners and organisations to consider what their contribution will be to ending racism in our sector. The endorsement of this policy puts anti-racism praxis back on the agenda, puts Te Tiriti o Waitangi back on the agenda.

Watch this space – may the public health sector have the courage to apply our values of social justice, equity, aroha and take collective action to transform public health policy making and funding practices.

View new institutional racism policy.

Heather Came

October 14, 2014

Independence Day forum with Moana Jackson & Claudia Orange

Wellington Treaty Educators Network are to host a forum on He Wakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – The Declaration of Independence, with Moana Jackson and Claudia Orange.

This will be at 12:30 pm, Tuesday 28 October at Wellington Central Library. Entry is free.

All details are in the poster below and on the Facebook page for this event.

Independence Day forum



September 18, 2014

An open letter to the Councillors of New Plymouth District Council re Māori wards in Taranaki

I had the privilege of living in Taranaki for ten years amongst the people of Te Atiawa, Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Ruanui. It is an extraordinary corner of New Zealand rich in beauty with resilient, resourceful and patient locals. For me it is a place where the land speaks and history bubbles up – a potent history of dispossession, violence, treachery and resilience, hope and resourcefulness. I always find it comforting to see the feathers of Parihaka and remember the unique courage of the ploughers and the prophets. I am writing this because I believe Taranaki Māori have waited long enough for justice and a voice in how their community is run and it is time for the stalwarts of the NPDC to ensure Māori voices are always at the decision-making table. Democracy does not work for an indigenous minority rather it provides a structure barrier to representation.

Today is suffrage day a day to reflect on power, decision making and voice. Despite the fears of many men the world didn’t end when women got the vote. Despite the fears of Grey Power and the some of the Pākehā business community the world won’t end if Māori wards are established. Rather it is an opportunity for decisions informed by Māori perspectives. These perspectives might consider the impact of decisions on Papatūānuku (the health of the mother earth) or on mokopuna (the next generation). The might look different to the old decisions they may be similar but the conversation will be richer for having more voices at the table.

From a Te Tiriti o Waitangi perspective it is the tika (correct) thing for Māori to be at the decision- making table. It’s time for Taranaki to find its courage and demonstrate its commitment to tangata whenua. Vote for Māori wards.

Naku noa na

 Dr Heather Came

Rebuilding from the Ashes: Institutional Racism and the Christchurch Rebuild

Editors note: I recently attended the Human Rights Commission’s annual Diversity Forum and was shocked to learn of the conditions of Filipino workers involved in the Christchurch rebuild. In the session I attended it was compared to modern slavery. Although not the usual focus of this blog, we felt it was important to share this story of what is happening in our neighbourhood.

New Zealand is a society that prides itself on its openness to ethnic diversity and its commitment to liberal democratic principles of freedom and equality. Many national and international surveys, including ones conducted by the Asia New Zealand Foundation, have noted a consistent theme: we are an open and inclusive nation in principle, but often fall short of our ideals in specific situations; and where particular immigrant groups are concerned, New Zealanders favour white immigrants over immigrants of other ethnic or racial origins. Asians are consistently received with less warmth than whites in New Zealand, and consistently report more experiences of prejudice and discrimination than other groups. The most frequently reported instances are a) in public places, where hostile or aversive racism commonly takes the form of verbal denigration by a stranger, and b) in the workplace, where subtle, or symbolic racism in job seeking and career advancement leads Asian migrants to have on average the lowest wages of any cultural grouping in New Zealand according to the 2006 census.

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August 16, 2014

Party positions on institutional racism

Given it is election season a group of committed public health practitioners asked all the political parties what their position was on addressing institutional racism. Below are the responses received in alphabetical order, note lengthy responses have been edited. We hope this information will help you make an informed choice about which political party to support this election. Let’s wipe out institutional racism!

Click here to read each party’s position on institutional racism.

July 20, 2014

Network Waitangi Otautahi annual report 2014 now available

Network Waitangi Otautahi have just released their 2014 AGM report.

At the AGM, Rachael Harris presented  on The Changing Face of Co-Governance in NZ – a study of arrangements between the Crown and Ngai Tahu, and the Crown and Ngai Tuhoe in facilitating a Treaty-based future. Copies of the power point presentation and notes are available. If you would like a copy of these, please contact Katherine Peet at

Network Waitangi Otautahi’s emphasis is on encouraging those who do not have Maori ancestry to understand the Treaty of Waitangi. They are part of a wider national network of groups and individuals who are working towards a Treaty-based multicultural Aotearoa New Zealand where the indigenous status of tangata whenua and the role of tangata Tiriti are understood.

Ngapuhi Speaks now an e-book


An independent report on Stage One of the Ngapuhi claims regarding the Declaration of Independence and Te Tiriti o Waitangi is nearing sales of 2000 hard copies.  The report presents  previously unpublished Maori evidence about the intentions of rangatira for the Treaty agreement and He Wakaputanga, known as the Declaration of Independence (1835).  First published in 2012, Ngapuhi Speaks has this week been released as an e-book on New Zealand site


The 400-page report by an independent panel of Maori and Pakeha academics has been steadily selling while Ngapuhi still awaits a report from the Waitangi Tribunal itself on the claim, WAI1040.

Kotare Winter School 2014

Following on from Kotare Trusts summer school, they plan to reflect on the challenge to capitalism further in their winter school, which asks: “How do we organise to build our strength now?”

There are a variety of stimulating workshops planned with invited guest presenters offering their own provocative ideas and insights on organising effective left opposition to neoliberalism.

The winter school will be run 22-24th August at the Kotare Centre. Register before the 12th of August to secure your place.

See the Kotare Trust website for further information and contact details, and take a look at the final pānui here, which lists the featured presentations and other relevant information.