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  1.' Maria Tibble says:

    Nei te mihi o Ngongotahā maunga ki a Taranaki.

    Koia kai a koe, e hoa mō ngā whakaaro i puta.  Tē hia kore i whakamā te takahi o te mana whenua. Te kī a Te Rangiiwaho o Ngāti Whakaue, "Whiria te kaha, tuamakatia. Puritia "Taranaki".  Honest reponse with clear statements of what 'white privilege' looks like and a must read for all educators.  ngā mihi Maria Tibble

  2.' Ken says:

    I wish I could spend more time with you all on this topic. It is so relevant to so many of us in both similar and different ways. Much love to you all and I hope our paths cross again soon. Ka kite ano

  3.' Te Mako Orzecki says:

    Kātahi te kōrero pono ko tērā! Ngā mihi ki a koe e te rangatira o Taranaki. Nāu i whakatakoto te kaupapa kia kite ai te tini, te mano. I a au e pānui ana i tāu kōrero ka hoki āku mahara ki tētahi koroua Pākehā e mea ana "Why can't we all just be the same?" ki tāku, ko te pūtake o tāna kōrero e pēnei ai "you mean why can't we all just be like you!" The more things change, the more things remain the same.

  4.' Titirangi says:

    more reason to educate kids properly on Maori history I was told by a Kuia who recently passed Mere Broughton that I wasn't to use Maori but Mauri to address ourselves…. Anyway I am only talking about being Mauri we should be governing ourselves dual government why because we can getting thrown crumbs is not gonna change we can run our own affairs with our own land that's left excetra…. Only then can we move equally forward…..

    1.' Waimaori says:

      Uuee he reka tena korero ko Ngai Tatou te iwi Mauri, kiaora mai!

  5.' Simon McCallum says:

    I see value in a Māori voice on boards.  There is a problem with the combination of your white privilege arguement which states as a pākehā I'm not asked to speak for all pākehā people, and yet claiming the right to speak on behalf of Māori. You cannot have both the right to only speak for yourself and demand the right to speak on behalf of Māori. If you wish to have a representative on boards then you are reinforcing the issue identified as the first part of white privilege, not being treated as an individual but as representative of your race.  Also the majority of the issues seem to be majority privilege rather than specific white privilege. Which is still a significant problem just with a different name.   

    1. Wharehoka Wano says:

      Kia ora Simon, appreciate that you see value add in having a Māori voice on boards. No demands here whether Māori or Pākehā, we will always speak for ourselves over various issues. However if we are Māori, we tend to get asked to speak on behalf of all Māori; not sure if that expectation is placed on Pākeha to speak on behalf of all Pākehā. But again, this is not meant to be a Māori privileges v Pākehā privileges argument, it's more about having another world view is ok. You are right in terms of a majority thing; democracy tends to support the majority as we saw with the Māori ward referendum. However, I am forever optimistic that our place as mana whenua and our voice at the board tables can add value to our future, even if we are outnumbered.

  6.' June Bush says:

    Maoris and New Zealand go hand in hand, not the white man, who moved to New Zealand. To be and represent your country is your right, not a privilege, yes you have to fight to be heard and I applaud you for all the hard work you have put in so far to bring all things Maori back to New Zealand, the name places, the culture, etc., don't be like the Red Indians of America and leave it til you are in a minority and have been robbed of your lands and traditions, fight, fight and fight some more.  I want to see Maori leading the way in New Zealand. Ps, I live in Wales and visited Nz nearly 20 years ago and loved it, xxx

  7.' Tim Marshall says:

    Tautoko this korero – in our community in the Tairawhiti, with the closest population ratio of Maori and Non Maori, sadly the issues you raise are all to familiar – particularly in terms of the outcry when such "radical" ideas are raised such as considering changing the name of Poverty Bay to Tairawhiti, or that we should support the teaching of te reo in schools, or even today when a story was publshed about a voyaging waka to support the learning of (all) our children. The recognition and acknowledgement of us non-maori to our own white priviledge continues to be largely ignored as does the true historical context of our communities. Nga mihi    

  8.' Pakeha supporter of treaty principles says:

    Kia ora Wharehoka. Treaty education leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to mainstream NZ. I agree and would go further and say that there should be a Maori council attached to parliament that oversees any bills before they're passed. The crown may govern but Maori are mana whenua and should have final say on important matters of the country.     

  9. David Bailey says:

    Kia ora Whare,

    Your post really resonated with me. I grew up in the 50-60s and we did hear the kind of thinking you have expressed. I have to say, I usually had close Māori friends all the way through my school years (and Dutch, for some reason). I can thank my Mother, who took me to classes—for a while at least — to learn Māori and Māori culture. Perhaps that's because her brother was married to a Māori lady, and he became strongly integrated into Māori culture.

    I have a strong memory of listening to my father before he died, with tears running down his face (something he rarely ever did), talking about how the Māori people in Gisborne supported his family with food during the Depression. My grandfather was a foreman on the railways, and helped build the Mohaka viaduct. I understand, that those who supported my grandfather and grandmother, and their family, including my father, worked under him.

    I grew up thinking that there was no difference between Māori and Pākehā. And, while there is a truth in this, you have shown me something over the top of that — that, despite the fact that we are fellow humans, we do come from different backgrounds and cultures that mean something to each one of us. We need to respect that. The Treaty is an important additional layer that sits over that again. So, thank you!

  10.' Dave West says:

    Let's examine one of the underlying assumptions: that tino rangatiratanga can be expressed if Maori participate in the European/Westminster-based governance arrangements that dominate NZ today.  Surely it should be the other way around? The European Tiriti partner should be operating within a tikanga framework.  

  11.' sue comrie says:

    Aah.. a friend and Kuia once said to me that racism can only die out.  This is the adjective and the verb.  Sadly, long way to go. Your article is beautifully written and Mayor Judd ain't finished yet!

  12. E te parata, e Wharehoka,   E tika rawa atu tāu kōrero. Ahiatia atu, aua hoki rā te rongoa. Ko te mea papai ki tāku i titiro ai, kei te matarau tonu nei tātou katoa te hūnga rangatahi nō inanahi kē atu, ki te ara pakeke.   Kia mārama hoki rā te kōrero a Tīmoti mā, ka ōroke tonu, ka hāmuti tonu, ka urutomo tonu a Pākeha.   Waiho tūturu atu ki a tātou ko ngai Māori, i a tātou tonu mai rā anō te rongoa.   Miharo atu ki a koe e te parata, ko te tumanako, ka whai wā tonu koe te eke retireti ngaru, ki Ōpunake atu, ngā tai o te moana.   Mauri ora e te hoa Ko Piripi

  13.' Te Haruru Waitere says:

    Tena koe Wharehoka. kei te whare wānanga o Waikato, Te Tohu Paetahi 1995. Te  wa tuatahi ka tutuki maua kei Tauranga Moana te Marae ka haere maua ki te whakaheke ngaru. Heoi ano ka noho au kei te Waipaunamu kei Te Kura a~Rohe ō Akaroa ko Hickory bay me Magnet nga waahi pai mo te heke ngaru me nga kai moana nau mai haere mai

  14.' Mary Tipoki says:

    thank you for  this article it is so nice not to be alone

  15.' Karaitiana Taiuru says:

    Your comment "A mana whenua voice should be considered as a permanent Board position" is not legally possible according to our school chairman who stated this was his advise from NZSTA?

    Otherwise a great artice.

    1. Wharehoka Wano says:

      Tika tāu Kariatiana that is correct and we would have to go through a lengthy process for it to become a legally recognsied role, hence my frustration about our tangata whenua status. In the short term its about encouraging BOTs to take on a tangata whenua seat as its value add and its the right thing to do.

      1.' Tainui Stephens says:

        It’s a cool kaupapa bro. I am of the view that all Boards in NZ require a mana Māori seat at the table. That would be construed in different ways for different boards and so it should. It only needs to be present. The partnership between Māori and Pākehā has to be evident and normal at the governance level. Sentient boards with a command of reality will do it anyway without being told to.

  16.' Ray M says:

    I support more tangata whenua representation on Boards and Councils.  Opposing arguments are based on a fear that Māori will gain more than Non Māori from any initiatives or may even get cut out of any benefits.  Business interests have been noted to use this angle to promote a sentiment that Maori are privileged to grow a swell of support to protect their intersts like Muriel Newman did with her "should one race control New Zealands fresh water" paid advertisement campaign through by mainstream media channels.  She sneakily tried to hide her and her right wing friends by naming her organisation "New Zealand Centre for Political Research".  Innocuous or cynical the truth is that the organisation is a surrogate for right wing idealism and this was surely to help protect the right of her mates at Oravida.  In essence this is paid advertsing and you don't pay for this type pf advertising unless you are protecting your somthing.  We saw how whale watch was used to represent political and financial interests too and these voices get more traction and than they deserve.  Is that because they get a free ride?

    When the media get a free ride to bash, as in the case of the TVNZ survey and are defended by the Prime Minister, then bashing will continue.

    The key issue for Māori has been a shortage of ethical leadership since the end of WW2 and therefore there has been a lack of a credible united Maori voice.  We have seen glimpses of it during Dame Whina Cooper's Land March and then again for the foreshore and seabed protest.  But other than those nothing sticks out in my mind.  On these ocassions we were reactive when a united Maori voice may have nipped this in the bud earlier

    I believe maori need to create a framework where Māori leaders have a strategic cause that they can all unite on and become a united voice for Māori.  The representatives need to be well reasoned, politically astute, decisive and timely when tackling the issues.  At the moment we have been easy to divide and conquer and a number of the leaders have been compromised through the increased scrutiny that Māori leaders are under are unevenly under.  With a media predisposed to Māori bashing it is a difficult road ahead but it is a battle we should not shirk from.  The quote "evil can occur when good men do nothing" comes to mind




  17.' Joy Lalahi says:

    Malo e Lelei,

    I have to say that by calling it white privilege, you deepen the existing rift. Colour is genuinely not the issue. The privilege you refer to is actually never having lived under the burden of negative social stereotypes. You will find that most Kiwi's that oppose Maori seats etc have never lived abroad or had any experience of being the minority. It's hard to teach people who don't think they need to learn: like explaining the ocean to someone who has never seen it or felt it. But from my heart, please find a different way to explain privilege or lack thereof.

    Faka malo lahi atu!


  18. Wharehoka Wano says:

    Tēnā koe Joy did not want this to be a race color debate but sometimes we have to say it how it is. Māori privilege gets thrown at us often and then we try to use language to appease those that accuse us of having Māori privilege. We could call it Non – Māori privilege or Pākehā privilege and still we are seen as being offensive. Often our cultural values of manaaki and aroha ki te tangata prevent us from telling it how it is so we get caught in that dilema. At the end of the day we are what we are Māori are brown and have a way of seeing the world and Pākehā are white and have a way of viewing the world and you know what its ok to be different. Agree with your comments of those who have not lived as a minority but that still doesn't make uninformed comments right. 

  19. Tino Pai to whakaaro . Kaore he tangata i te marama Te Tiriti. Makes me realy sad what tangata whenua have had to endure.

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    1. Tens koe wharehoka its great to have tangata whenua representation in many areas of our country…very sad that that there are people that do not support this..I myself grew up in a bi cultural whanau as my mothers family are rarotongan…it saddened me that my parents also took this view of we are all the same…we are not….looking at my mum I though your joking there are differences…realising the effects of this view we are not teaching people their own uniquenessness/ mauri…I can speak of this from experience within my famillyl…loosing your identity because you are told u are the same as some other cultures is wrong…I wish please would stop doing this…its hard for our youth to who very often are lost….culture being swept under the rug has to stop….tangata whenua now are having to fight the lie so many have been fooled to believe is true…..mauri ora …

  22.' Judith says:

    This is a real challenge for schools where there are low numbers of Māori whānau, as it places a large responsibility on a small group of parents. That being said however, our school has seen real benefits in whānau hui and Māori representation at BOT level, as well as parent involvement in our growing Kapa Haka group. I guess my wondering is (as a Treaty partner) how we as a school can best support our Māori whānau to continue to provide leadership in way that is sustainable for them and their wider whānau.

  23.' Sarah says:

    A thought-provoking article with respect to what is privilege??? I ask myself to what extent is my monocultural predilection the norm, or even a choice, in NZ and globally. Is Maori visible in my classroom – the language, the signage, my practices??? And, if not, what are the messages that I give to my learners. My journey is to shift my mindset to not accepting the outcomes of monolingualism and multiculturalism which have resulted/result in inequities. At the same time, I need to find ways to promote the benefits of bi and multiculturalism: language and literacies, competencies and capabilities. In addressing the hegemony of English (education, business and citizenship) and foregrounding biculturalism before multiculturalism, I can perhaps make a difference concerning issues of differential achievement, and any subsequent low representation.

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