Author Archives: Te Wharepora Hou

About Te Wharepora Hou

Te Wharepora Hou is a collective of wāhine who are mainly Tāmaki Makaurau based, but we have strong participation from wāhine based elsewhere in Aotearoa and the world. We have come together to ensure a stronger voice for wāhine and are concerned primarily with the wellbeing of whānau, hapū, iwi and all that pertains to Papatūānuku and the sustenance of our people.

The Maori Party Sellout State Housing

  Materoa Kanuta decorates the wall of her state house with photographic memories from the 50 years she and her family have lived there.   A total of 1/3 of all Maori live in state homes. These homes for decades have … Continue reading

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Colonial naming reproduces Historical Trauma

Today I read a post that the Novotel in Taranaki has been named the Novotel New Plymouth Hobson with the restaurant called ‘The Governor’. I was immediately sickened by the lack of any sensitivity or thought for the impact of … Continue reading

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Poi, Mau Rākau and the Impact of Colonial Thinking

There has been much debate, uproar about, and defense of, the recently released rules for the 2016 Kura Tuarua kapa haka nationals. The Committee has made a significant change to the rules in announcing that there will be a change … Continue reading

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Invasion Day Aotearoa Solidarity

He karanga tenei ki nga hau e wha Hei tautoko i te iwi Moemoea no Ahiterairia. Na te mahi whakaware o te Kawanatanga me nga Kaporeihana e whai putea ana e whai raupatu ana, kei te noho whakawhuia nga tangata … Continue reading

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The TPPA is a death sentence for Indigenous Rights

Tangata whenua are strongly opposed to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement which will be held in Auckland in February. The TPPA represents a significant and disruptive challenge to Maori. The New Zealand government has by-passed indigenous involvement … Continue reading

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John Key, hair pulling, name calling and the demeaning of rape victims.

The past few days reports have flowed about the interview undertaken by the Prime Minister, John Key, on the Rock radio show, where Key participated in what must really be considered a sick prank on the part of the DJ’s … Continue reading

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National Perpetuates Poverty

In the 1960’s the notion of the ‘cycle of poverty’ was a key phrase heard in relation to Indigenous, Black and Minority communities. The power of the idea that families were ‘locked’ into a ‘cycle’ of underachievement, unemployment and poverty … Continue reading

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