Reflections from Great Turtle Island

Te Wharepora Hou

Dr Leonie Pihama Dr Leonie Pihama

This is the first year I have not been on our lands on Waitangi Day.  Watching from a distance can be highly frustrating.  However, finding footage Annette speak at the forum through youtube was an inspiration.  Thank goodness for hand held cameras and phones that can capture such korero, as we know that neither Pakeha or Māori media have ever made a true commitment to broadcasting those discussions that are held in the forum that has been facilitated by Te Kawariki for many years.

Reading John Key’s speech for the day was like reading some of the recent rhetoric from the Conservative Harper government in Canada.  We should be deeply concerned.  Yet this year there seemed to be an increase in people wishing each other “Happy Waitangi Day” and that is equally as disturbing.  How has that expression emerged in a context where our people are experiencing…

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