Halloween 2017: It’s a balmy spring evening and my daughter and her friend are discussing how it’s way too hot to be dressed up in black. “What were the British thinking? Didn’t they know that when it’s winter there it’s summer here?”
This State of the Pākehā Nation essay, commissioned by Network Waitangi Whāngarei for Waitangi Day, considers what Pākehā need to grapple with to make the Pākehā nation a compelling place for the children of my daughter’s generation.
Drawing inspiration from many sources including events of 2017, friends and mentors in the Treaty movement and workshop participants, the essay explores the necessity to unravel privilege, racism and colonisation, and suggests ways in which Pākehā might work to do so.