0800Haumi: Allies in action


In March 2020, speakers from Aotearoa and around the world participated in an online conference, Te Tiriti Based Futures and Anti-Racism 2020. The webinars are now available online. The organisers have done an amazing job in making these resources available, particularly during trying times. He mihi nunui ki a rātou.

In the webinar 0800Haumi: Allies in Action, Julia Whaipooti (Ngāti Porou) and Jen Margaret (Pākehā) discussed what happens when Pākehā call on Māori for knowledge, support, work and advice etc.

Julia and Jen also discussed how Pākehā acting as haumi (allies) can respond and upskill in response to structural, overt or implicit racism.

Following the webinar, Jen and Julia responded in writing to the many questions that could not be answered live, for lack of time. These responses are available here: 0800HAUMI pātai.

If you want more background to this conversation, check out these other allies resources.


Confronting colonisation

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Groundwork is part of a 7 part documentary series in which Pākehā consider their responsibility to confront and dismantle colonisation. One episode is being released each day this week on the NZ Herald website. The work responds to calls from Māori for Pākehā to educate Pākehā about colonisation and our Te Tiriti responsibilities.
Filmmaker Kathleen Winter hopes the series documentary will encourage Pākehā to “realise the impact they can make by speaking up and speaking out – especially to each other…and join those who are taking action against colonial structures of power.”
In this episode, I talk about inherited privilege and the lands my great-great grandfather “acquired” in Canterbury – lands that were part of the Canterbury Purchase.
There’s more of my writing on addressing colonisation and honouring Te Tiriti in State of the Pākehā Nation


Info and action

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To save 100 handouts this evening and to make it easier to access online sources we’ve just updated our resource list.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi info and action details key texts, website and media sources that are used to inform Groundwork workshops. There is a wealth of useful resources on Te Tiriti – this is a starting point not an exhaustive list. Accompanying the list are ideas of personal actions people might take in response to a Te Tiriti workshop.


Te Tiriti Talks – Te Whanganui a Tara

Opening of the Oruaiti Reserve in Seatoun

A series of talks to commemorate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Te Whanganui a Tara on 29 April 1840

The story of Motu Kairangi – Morrie Love (Wellington Tenths Trust Chair)

12.30-1.15 pm, Rāhina/Monday 29 April

St Andrews On The Terrace (no 30)

The State of the Pākehā Nation – Jen Margaret (Pākehā)

5.30-6.30pm, Rātū / Tuesday  7 May

The Hall, St John’s In The City, Cnr Willis & Dixon Streets

Te Arawhiti – Māori/Crown Relations and Te Tiriti – Morgan Godfery (Te Pahipoto (Ngāti Awa), (Lalomano (Hāmoa)

5.30-6.30 pm, Rātū / Tuesday  14 May

The Hall, St John’s In The City, Cnr Willis & Dixon Streets (Entrance On Dixon St)

Hosted by Wellington City Libraries and Groundwork: Facilitating Change


The State of the Pākehā Nation

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You may have seen a photo of this poster circulating on Facebook recently. I’m not sure of the origin of the poster but if you are interested in the context for this quote it is from the State of the Pākehā Nation essay which explores the necessity to unravel privilege, racism and colonisation, and suggests ways in which Pākehā might work to do so.

It’s here to read to read/hear and share.
State of the Pākehā Nation (PDF) and Podcast


Te Rā o Waitangi

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Waitangi Day, an annual opportunity to reflect, assess, discuss and debate where things are at with honouring the agreement made between the Crown and hapū on 6 February 1840.

You’ve probably got plans in place for the day but perhaps they’re not meeting your drive to fully embrace what Waitangi Day is all about? Or maybe you’re feeling hōhā with the limited understandings of Te Tiriti that are being presented in some media (though here’s an good exception)? Or you’re keen to see the dial shift in Te Tiriti relationships and are wondering about actions you can take to contribute?

It’s clear that we’re a long way from being a Te Tiriti honouring society. While there are a multitude of actions needed to bring about a Te Tiriti honouring society, a simple action any of us can undertake is to build our understanding of: the context for Te Tiriti; what it says; the on-going process and impacts of colonisation; and how Te Tiriti can be honoured.

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already undertaken some of that learning and you may well have been one of the many people who have been frustrated at only having had the opportunity to access this core knowledge as an adult. So here are some ideas for actions you can take to support the next generations in getting some of this learning earlier in their lives.

If you have connections with an early childhood or school community, ask teachers, the principal and/or the board how they are incorporating NZ history into the curriculum.
If they seem unsure why they might need to do so, you might suggest one of these Treaty and Education workshops.
If governance wants to understand their role then direct them to these resources for school boards.
If the school is keen but needs teaching resources here’s a comprehensive resource designed for teachers.

Regardless of whether you have links to a school, you can support this petition from the NZ History Teachers’ Association to have colonial history taught in schools (learn more about the background to this here).

If you’re wanting to learn more about Te Tiriti yourself, or to encourage others to do so, then check out these suggested readings and upcoming public workshops.

Aside from signing the petition, these actions can be taken on any day not just 6 February. Waitangi Day can provide the momentum to get the ball rolling for change in the year ahead.

Ki te hoe e hoa mā!