ABORIGINAL JUSTICE FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLE

While Adam Giles, the new Corrections Minister in Northern Territory, announces the building of a new prison, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda discusses $700 million in savings that can be made as a result of implementing community based correctional measures

2016 Australian government confirmed

Now that the Coalition can govern albeit with a miniscule house majority, heres my take on Australias’ recent federal elections and how it affects ordinary Australians. Labor did see a glimmer of hope but there just wasn’t enough convincing evidence for a change in Australian politics. It’s a real shame for Labor the Howard government…

Enough is enough

The path to progress seemed imminent. Representatives from Te Matatini had agreed to meet, a place and timeframe had been set to sort out the details and then boom nothing. Te Matatini fell silent.  They failed to come good on their promise. My elation was followed by disappointment and regret. This after years of sustained…

A parents responsibility

As a parent I do my very my best to steer my kids into areas and activities where they will be safe, grow, have fun and learn. Swimming in a new place, I’ll go in front, keep my eyes on them and stay close to them so that they feel comfortable. I know where all…

KAPA HAKA IN AUSTRALIA NEEDS HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND HEALING

  Since posting the Blog “State of Kapa Haka in Poihakena and Australia” two weeks ago, a good deal of advice, support and ridicule has been received via different channels. Bringing the conversation into the public realm is positive as opposed to sweeping the issue under the carpet as has been the case over the…

Kapa Haka in Australia

STATE OF KAPA HAKA IN POIHAKENA AND TE WHENUA MOEMOEA Along with thousands of others, attending Te Matatini was just not possible for us. However, experiencing the wairua of Te Matatini with a lump in throat and involuntary tears running unashamedly, I was moved and proud. I watched on my computer at work, on my…

Pedagogy

Recently when applying for a teaching position, I was asked to provide my teaching philosophy in one pager for an interview – an hour prior to the interview. It was a test and given a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Jim Bright titled : Mind your language, http://preview.tinyurl.com/mrsm4sf it was quite an interesting…

Aromai

Maori organizations are crying out for a mature approach from management ranks to provide real value for stakeholders who include more than just the Maori community but the entire Australian community and the New Zealand community in New Zealand and Australia.