The Government changed the law in 2015 so that the Code of Ethics for teachers was changed into a Code of Conduct. This may seem a minor issue to those outside the profession. But for some teachers it has felt like another kick in the teeth from a Government that does not respect their professionalism […]
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Government needs to go back to the drawing board on the Child Youth and Family (Oranga Tamariki) Bill. Māori have been leading the charge on raising questions on what the Government is up to and whose interests are being served. For such a major overhaul, which the Minister has […]
A month ago, the Corrections Minister said without equivocation, to no less than the Kingiitanga, that “Reducing reoffending by Māori offenders is a high priority for Corrections.” A nice line, sure, but an empty one, totally divorced from reality, if we’re to take anything away from the Waitangi Tribunal’s report on Māori reoffending rates, Tū […]
Every year I’m jarred by criticism of Waitangi Day protests and the suggestion that we should all just get along and celebrate our beautiful nation. I’m jarred for several reasons. Firstly, we are not one country. Te Tiriti allows the crown governance over Pakēhā and it protects Māori land and self-determination. Tangata whenua did not cede […]
This year the North was bathed in heat and light, the hills dry and creeks low. On the 5th of February I arrived with the Green Party ope at Waitangi and we went on to Te Tii with Labour, it was different without the media but not necessarily worse as the kōrero was more ceremonial […]
The annual Waitangi Day commemoration is not just a day off, its a chance to check how much we know about our founding agreement.
I used to think that Treaty settlements were unfair because they forced hapū and iwi to sign away the ability to make future claims. I also used to think they were unfair because they marginalised anyone who the Crown did not accept as a ‘large natural grouping’. I started working on some settlement detail and discovered […]
Last week, I announced that I will not stand again at the next election. Don’t worry though, I’ll be in Parliament working hard until that date, which will be the end of my third term here. I’m leaving not because I am ungrateful for my extraordinary opportunities as a Green MP; it’s because it feels […]
Kua hinga he whatukura o Tauranga Moana. Kua hinga rangatira o te iwi Māori. Ka tangi tonu ana te ngākau nā tāna wehe kei tua o te ārai. E rere haere ana ngā mihi aroha o mātou o Te Rōpū Kākāriki ki te whānau pani me ngā tangata katoa huri noa i te whenua e […]
It was a privilege to visit Rātana Pā last week with fellow Greens’ Co-leader James Shaw, our Māori Caucus and senior staff to meet with the leaders of te iwi mōrehu, to strengthen the ties between the Green Party and the Rātana movement.