Waitangi from the Rohe: Dunedin
All around Aotearoa today are commemoration events, celebrating, commemorating, reflecting on who we are, and pondering our shared future. In Te Waipounamu, Ngai Tahu holds an annual Waitangi Day Festival in its takiwaa, and this year they are at the majestic Otaakou Marae, on the Otaakou Peninsula, in Dunedin. Edward Ellison is kaumatua of Ngai Tahu, and esteemed elder of Otakou Marae
Will voters welcome the Maori Party back?
Ousted at the last election, the Maori Party will seeking to get back into Parliament in September. The party hit its high point back in 2008 when it won five of the seven Maori seats, but lost seats each following election… until Labour swept the Maori seats in 2017, which spelled the end of Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox’s time in the House. In their absence have voters reconsidered their impact on New Zealand politics, and will they welcome them back? Che Wilson is a co-president of the Maori Party.
ACT shares iwi leaders education aspirations
National’s potential coalition partner ACT says they agree with the iwi leaders about self-determination and sovereignty, when it comes to things like education. David Seymour has been to Waitangi several times since he became an MP.
Govt has failed in its ‘year of delivery’ Bridges
The Government’s record on delivering for Maori, was called into question by Simon Bridges during his speech at Waitangi. The leader of the National Party said the so-called “year of delivery” had failed to produce results. We ask him to characterise his leadership and approach to designing policy.
Zero Carbon Act start of addressing climate issues
Green Party co-leader, Marama Davidson says the Zero Carbon Act is the foundation of how progress the country is making to resolve big climate change issues and looks ahead to what the Greens’ priorities are as we head into the future
Peters calls for Māori women to lead children’s aspirations
Winston Peters says he wants to see Maori parents, especially mothers encourage their children to be heroes, whether it’s in sport, music or education. Mr Peters says it’s his hope that Maori will experience equality with Pakeha much sooner than 2040. But he says equity is far harder to deliver, but it will be easier if more rangitahi are encouraged to aim for the top.
Ardern calls for efforts to get the basics right for Maori
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern says the Government must address housing and child poverty before it can begin resolving wider aspirations for Maori, but she says she also wants New Zealand history taught in schools and for more children to be learning Te Reo Maori. Ms Ardern says her Government has been focused on those issues in tandem in the past two years.