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The Māori in the Room

I had one of those “only Māori in the room” moments yesterday. I have a lot of those. These moments don’t offend me. I work in mainstream tertiary education, I’m Māori and I profess to know something about things Māori. I&#...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Aug 26, 2016

Te Puea Marae, Tūhoe & the State of (Māori) Welfare

by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Jun 28, 2016

The Kermadecs, a fishing settlement, and the Long Forgetting.

  I imagine John Key must have had a lovely warm feeling as he announced before the world  (well, the UN in New York) that New Zealand was finally going to set up an ocean sanctuary at the Kermadecs, the gorgeous smattering of islands in our e...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Jun 6, 2016

N-words and the good ol’ Christchurch childhood.

Yup, offensive words are used in this post. There is a point to it, ‘kay?
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Jun 5, 2016

Losing Mater.

A reflection on grief.
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on May 17, 2016

Losing Mater.

A reflection on grief.
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on May 17, 2016

Banning Karakia in schools? A cultural can o’ worms, or beat-up?

Many, many Māori would have had their hackles raised at the mere prospect of State interference in what many consider to be primarily a cultural, rather than a religious, practice.
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on May 15, 2016

Banning Karakia in schools? A cultural can o’ worms, or beat-up?

Many, many Māori would have had their hackles raised at the mere prospect of State interference in what many consider to be primarily a cultural, rather than a religious, practice.
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on May 15, 2016

“A most unfortunate incident.” The death of a child and the monsters among us.

Sparrowhawk/Kārearea's latest post: the death of another little child: 'A most unfortunate incident.'...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on May 2, 2016

“A most unfortunate incident.” The death of a child and the monsters among us.

Sparrowhawk/Kārearea's latest post: the death of another little child: 'A most unfortunate incident.'...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on May 2, 2016

Just how free is your will, truly? Criminal law & the free thinker.

A few years ago two people made comments to me independently about children; comments that broke my heart. In one, the sister of a friend of mine who had adopted a baby from a troubled background asked me if I had met ‘the criminal’s b...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Apr 29, 2016

Just how free is your will, truly? Criminal law & the free thinker.

A few years ago two people made comments to me independently about children; comments that broke my heart. In one, the sister of a friend of mine who had adopted a baby from a troubled background asked me if I had met ‘the criminal’s b...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Apr 29, 2016

‘Trumping’, Hosking & the Waitangi Tribunal. It’s a thing.

Sparrowhawkkarearea: The murky world of Mike's Tribunal Tribulations.
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Apr 3, 2016

‘Trumping’, Hosking & the Waitangi Tribunal. It’s a thing.

Sparrowhawkkarearea: The murky world of Mike's Tribunal Tribulations.
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Apr 3, 2016

Woop woop!! Social Security Act rewrite!

I am all a-jitter. Seriously, I am. I am having a cup of coffee to calm down. I may need a nap. The thing I have been waiting for has finally happened, and to be honest, I just don’t know how I feel about it. Well, it is a bloody doorstop (440...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Mar 30, 2016

Woop woop!! Social Security Act rewrite!

I am all a-jitter. Seriously, I am. I am having a cup of coffee to calm down. I may need a nap. The thing I have been waiting for has finally happened, and to be honest, I just don’t know how I feel about it. Well, it is a bloody doorstop (440...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Mar 30, 2016

Good Friday, Narcissus and my social media experiment.

  So here we are, it’s Good Friday. It also happens to be my 46th birthday, but I feel more melancholic than celebratory. Today, of all days, is an opportunity for me (and all the other millions of Christians) to reflect upon the crucifixi...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Mar 24, 2016

Good Friday, Narcissus and my social media experiment.

  So here we are, it’s Good Friday. It also happens to be my 46th birthday, but I feel more melancholic than celebratory. Today, of all days, is an opportunity for me (and all the other millions of Christians) to reflect upon the crucifixi...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Mar 24, 2016

A moment of gratefulness…

I heard the sad news last night that Kathy Ertel passed away a couple of days ago. Most Māori lawyers, or lawyers who have ever practised in Treaty jurisprudence, knew, or knew of, Kathy, and of her great commitment to her many Māori clients. I nev...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Feb 28, 2016

A moment of gratefulness…

I heard the sad news last night that Kathy Ertel passed away a couple of days ago. Most Māori lawyers, or lawyers who have ever practised in Treaty jurisprudence, knew, or knew of, Kathy, and of her great commitment to her many Māori clients. I nev...
by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea on Feb 28, 2016


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