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  • 21 Feb 2022 3:13 PM | Anonymous


    MARCH 19 - 28 2022


    PHA is proud to be a partner of Te Tiriti-based futures + Anti-racism 2022. 

    There is once again an incredible line-up of speakers and leaders who over 10 days will discuss topics including institutional racism and anti-racism, decolonisation, building Te Tiriti-based futures and transforming our constitution. Overseas presenters will also discuss their experiences with these issues from their contexts.

    The final day will be different this year. It will be a platform for emerging voices called: Kei mura i te ahi - 24 hour marathon for racial justice powered by PechaKucha. This will be an epic 24-hour marathon of short interactive talks from students and recent graduates pushing the boundaries in anti-racism in Aotearoa and internationally. 

    After the event, most of the open-access webinars will be posted online, where they will become permanent resources for anti-racist activism and Te Tiriti education. 

    The organisers are a group of Māori and Tauiwi with experience in activism, research and community development. 


  • 21 Feb 2022 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    Comments from our new Senior Policy Advisor - Māori, Chris Webber

    Waitangi Day 2022 is the first one our organisation can celebrate having embraced Te Tiriti with a constitutional 50 percent Māori partnership on our executive council. With Nari Faiers Co-President (Māori) and a good muster of Māori talent we've achieved both a milestone in capacity and options for progressing the next phase of our journey. This includes myself, taking a leave of absence from executive council to fulfil a pressing need for Māori policy work on contract - backfilled by other Caucus representation. 

    This leads me to our Kapiti Island hapu slogan in the title - Haere He Awatea, it really does feel like a 'new day dawning' and I wish to acknowledge our members for taking us there. My great great grandfather and Māori MP Wiremu Parata, took the 1877 'Treaty Nullity' case to court after his grandfather Te Rangihiroa had signed Te Tiriti at Kapiti 4 June 1840. With the colonial system fixed on The Treaty being 'a nullity', generations of loss persisted through to today - with large parts of our available capacity still absorbed into putting things right. Like public health, it is going to take the collective efforts of all to achieve the vision and possibilities provided by Te Tiriti.

    Nō reira e hoa mā, we are in times of transition within and without - and with change comes opportunity to keep navigating to the chosen destination. Ko te tūmanako ko te pae ora mō tataou katoa - let's fix the vision of equitable wellbeing for all in our minds and imagine us all happily there together and what path and set of 'tangas' (wairuatanga, whanaungatanga, ūkaipōtanga my top three) were required for it to work for Māori, leaving no-one behind. To me, this is Te Tiriti in action. Mauri ora!

  • 10 Feb 2022 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    When Doors Open

    by Dr Alana McCambridge

    By now you have probably heard of the name Charlotte Bellis. The pregnant Kiwi reporter that was unable to secure a spot in MIQ and so willingly contacted the Taliban and travelled to Afghanistan for “safe haven”. Charlotte then penned an open letter to the New Zealand government and got in contact with her PR friend to make some noise. She wielded the power of the media both in New Zealand and abroad to make her point heard, gaining sympathy and calls for change to New Zealand’s tight border control. She appeared on television, radio, and used her social media platforms to tell her story. With many re-using it as a political dagger to criticise the governments pandemic response. Her story was so widespread that her application was promptly reassessed and she was offered a coveted spot in MIQ.

    Lucky for some.

    The ‘some’ being those with an exuberant amount of privilege. The kind of privilege that makes doors open - nothing is ever out of reach. The kind of privilege that Afghani people, particularly women, do not have under the Taliban regime. Charlotte was a reporter in Afghanistan – she knows of the atrocities the Taliban have committed and will likely continue to commit. She would know that there are currently huge concerns for missing Afghani women activists. Women in far worse off situations to her, situations where Afghani women, particularly pregnant ones, can only dream of calling their country a ‘safe-haven’. Situations that are mostly unimaginable to the New Zealand people.

    But alas, Charlotte with all her knowledge of Afghanistan expertly centred herself – a white woman needing help – sidelining the serious and devastating humanitarian issues being inflicted on Afghanistan by the Taliban. She let the media machine eat up her story as she knew it would, providing soundbites and news headlines humanising the Taliban, and personally sharing posts to her instagram of people in support of her plight that were “impressed” by the Taliban’s kind gesture. A calculated gesture that most of us can see for what it really is.

    Nevertheless what’s done is done and there are always lessons to be learned. So with the clarity of hindsight, opposing viewpoints being published in the media (albiet to a much lesser extent – please see open letter from Muzhgan Samarqandi for instance), and her MIQ room now secured. Charlotte would be free to see the error in her ways and try to make amends. To clear up some of the hurt that her fiasco has caused Afghan communities.

    However it has been over a week since the door flung open and she got what she wanted but Charlotte has not mentioned Afghanistan at all. She posted a statement online and made a few twitter posts, mainly still laying blame to the horrid MIQ lottery system. You know, the one she bypassed, while the rest of us waited for our number to come up (myself and my newborn baby included). The system that although is not perfect - as no system ever is - has undoubtedly saved hundreds of Kiwi lives.

    So perhaps her silence is because she is still living in Kabul supported by the Taliban (despite the power of the New Zealand passport that could take her to safer places). Or perhaps critical self-reflection isn’t her thing? Or maybe she is just another foreigner in Afghanistan, pitching themselves as a champion, but only when it suits.

    Someone recently said to me that ‘privilege is invisible', invisible to those who have it. I was really hoping it wasn’t true.

    Got an idea for a Think Piece? Let’s discuss!

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