‘Feed The Kids’ Initiative one to be supported.

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Dr Leonie Pihama Dr Leonie Pihama

Next week a small Māori research team will begin a series of six regional hui with Māori Providers who are committed to bringing to fruition a philosophy of whānau ora.  I am not speaking of whānau ora as policy or as structure, but whānau ora as a way of living, a way of being, a way of seeking wellbeing for this and future generations.  These hui are a part of a wider kaupapa of bringing forward tikanga and whakaaro that link to childrearing practices of our tupuna.  To discuss and share tikanga that we can draw upon to enhance the wellbeing of our tamariki and mokopuna.  This is a part of a wider kaupapa of whānau ora.

In a time when right wing, neo-liberal policies privilege the wealthy, where unemployment is on the increase and where just making ‘ends meet’ is having a growing detrimental impact on…

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Maori control over Maori frameworks – Why I advocate strongly for Kaupapa Maori

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Dr Leonie Pihama Dr Leonie Pihama

Was asked recently why I advocate so strongly for Kaupapa Maori and for Maori control over Maori frameworks. The question has also been asked recently by a Pakeha academic around who gets to determine the boundaries for kaupapa Maori? It’s simple. We do. For the past 200 years the majority  of our land has been stolen or taken through the use of foreign systems, structures & definitions, our language, culture, knowledge, practices and structures have been systematically subjucated, attacked and denied. Our voices and acts of struggle against oppression have, and continue to be actively targeted and suppressed in order to protect the interests of those who have benefited from such actions. All that we have now we have fought for. All that we have held within ourselves we have struggled for. For 200 years we have lived with other peoples definitions of who we are and…

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Reflections from Great Turtle Island II

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Dr Leonie Pihama Dr Leonie Pihama The Idle No More movement continues to gather momentum and Waitangi Day provided opportunities to join with Veronica Tawhai here, on Great Turtle Island, to share some thoughts and reflections on our experiences in Aotearoa.  The Idle No More movement grew from the desire of four Native women, Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdams, Sheelah McLean, and Nina Wilson to highlight the implications and impact of the Omnibus Bill C 45 on First Nations Peoples and its consequences more broadly for Papatuanuku.  The movement gained further inspiration and momentum though the courageous hunger strike of Chief of the Attawapiskat, Theresa Spence.  It has been clear that First Nations women have taken their role as protectors of this great Mother Earth and future generations and forged a movement that is now inspiring tens of thousands of people across Great Turtle Island.

Within Aotearoa groups of our people have worked to…

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Te Taonga o Taku Ngakau

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Dr Leonie Pihama Dr Leonie Pihama Today we see another report of the death of another Maori baby and so I want to share, not my words but the words of a range of our kuia, koroheke and whanau about the sanctity and place of our tamariki within our whanau, hapu and iwi. It is with great aroha for our people that we share this korero and with the hope that it will enable us to think about how we may make change in the lives of our tamariki and mokopuna. This is the transcript of the documentary ‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngakau’ made by our whanau and screened on Maori Television.

nga mihi ki nga kaikorero katoa.
Dr Leonie Pihama

Te Taonga o Taku Ngakau: Transcript

18 Dec 2007

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PART ONE
TERE HARRISONKo Te Whaiora Te Uruoteao Te Rangitawhia Harrison O’Connell tenei.  Koia taku tamaiti tuatahi. I whänau moata rawa mai…

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Colonisation is an act of Genocide

Māori researcher Dr Leonie Pihama says the use of the term holocaust is an appropriate and valid description of the impact of colonial genocide on Māori. A Radio New Zealand panel featured Taranaki Māori academic Keri Opai using the word holocaust to describe colonisation for Māori. The NZ Jewish Council said his use of the term was “diminishing and trivialising of the Jewish Holocaust experience”. Dr Pihama says the NZ Jewish council are “basically incorrect” in their response. She states “The term holocaust refers to deliberate acts of genocide and ethnocide against groups of people, and that is exactly what occurred here in Aotearoa. There was a deliberate and planned process of colonisation that sought the extermination of our people. That is clear and well documented”.

United Nations conventions define genocide as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group , as such: as killing members of the group;

(i) killing members of the group;

(ii) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(ii) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(iii) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(iv) forcibly transferring children of this group to another group

The definition of genocide by the United Nations is clearly one that reflects the experience of Māori people and there needs to be a greater awareness of the reality of the history of this country and of other Indigenous Nations. “There is clear historical evidence of acts of genocide that were undertaken by successive white settler Presidents in America. Hitler modelled many of his oppressive acts on the forced removal and murder of Native Amerian people and the imprisonment of thousands in concentration camps” states Dr Pihama.

Dr Pihama notes that Māori use of the term ‘holocaust’ should not be viewed as in any way diminishing the experience of Jewish people and others that were targeted by Hitler and Nazi Germany. She says clearly that Maori have always actively acknowledged that history and the impact of it. Dr Pihama explains “This is not about comparing experiences. The reference by Mr Opai is directed to the historical trauma and post traumatic stress experienced by our tupuna and generations of our people who continue to live with that impact on our own land”.

Dr Leonie Pihama (Te Atiawa, Ngati Mahanga, Nga Mahanga a Tairi) Director – Maori And Indigenous Analysis Ltd

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