From the age of 15 I thought I wanted to be a public radio journalist. This was spurred on by two things: growing up and waking to RNZ’s Morning Report every morning; and receiving the top prize for journalism in year 13 (7th Form). While I didn’t end up becoming a journalist, my professional and… Continue reading “…the dawn raids brought make memories of the Nazis”: An interview with Jeremy Rose (part 1).
Setting the scene I first met Teanau in 2001. My strongest memory of him was that he was an up-and-coming Māori political activist. People in the activist scene would vet each other by asking new arrivals: “Oh yeah, so do you know Teanau Tuiono?” Teanau seemed to be a mover and a shaker. Anyone who… Continue reading ‘It’s not black and white – it’s blurry’: An interview with Teanau Tuiono
The title of this post comes from my loving and dear Uncle Warwick (aka Uncle Wowza/Wow). He would say this to me and other kids whenever we acted up. Uncle Wow often made up one-liners for us. It was like he was inviting us into a joyful world that taught us to wonder, be expressive, and learn life-lessons.… Continue reading “Scamp come down outta that tree!”
Recently, I was walking around a local lake with my wife, nephew Mahutonga and our new dog. It was a sunny, cool winter day. My wife and dog strayed behind, while my nephew and I rushed ahead. We were playing together: I was pretending to be an ogre, while he was a wizard throwing fire balls… Continue reading “Onkle… Does a rock have a soul?”
I’ve been ruminating about people I’ve encountered who inspire, support and impart their wisdom into the world. I call these people ‘mentors’; ‘leaders‘; Onties (*Aunties); Onkles (*Uncles); and radical disruptors. When I was 5 years old my mother died suddenly. As a young guy I knew something big had happened. But I didn’t realise the impacts of this… Continue reading In Search of the Wise Ones: Ngā Toka Tūmoana
I’d like to share a story. A surreal story bound up in necessary struggle about realities. I am reminded of educational philosopher Alison Jones (2007), who writes about the never-ending struggle-relationship between people; between Māori and Pākehā in particular: “In ka whawhai tonu mātou we are engaged in a relationship. This has to be seen positively, given it is… Continue reading Hi there Mr Brash… Ahhh… Let me introduce myself…
Recently I’ve been marinating on the idea of “priority learners”. Over the last few years the term has been popping up in NZ education lingo. From what I’ve read, priority learners are Māori, Pasifika, those from materially poor households/communities and ‘disabled’ young people (Education Review Office, 2012). The aim of focussing on these young people is to ensure… Continue reading Calling All “Pākehā Priority Learners”!