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In narrative therapy, Māori creation stories are being used to heal

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Mark Kopua is using Māori knowledge to heal whānau in distress. CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF

by MICHELLE DUFF, Stuff, March 9 2018

The boy sits there, his head down. He feels stink; he knows all the adults are there to talk about him, about what’s wrong with him.

He’s always been told off for being so fidgety, for not paying attention. He knows it’s a bad thing.

But when the talking begins, it’s not about how to fix him. They’re telling a story about atua, the gods, and one of them sounds exactly like him! He’s called Uepoto, and he’s always curious. He’s full a mischief, a tutū. Read the rest of this entry

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An Innocent Warrior

Maori Tame Iti

Maori warrior Tame Iti. Photo: Al Jazeera

A Maori activist’s fight for his people after being accused of running a paramilitary training camp in New Zealand.

Al Jazeera, August 4, 2016

In 2007 New Zealand police arrested charismatic Maori leader Tame Iti and others in anti-terrorist raids after a period of surveillance.

In a long trial, Iti and three other people (the “Urewera Four”) were accused of running a terrorist training camp and of being members of a criminal group. The high court found them not guilty of terrorism but they were jailed for firearms offences. The case was the culmination of 170 years of conflict between the New Zealand Crown and the Ngai Tuhoe tribe, who had suffered appalling injustice including the dispossession of their land.

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Video: How to use Maori weaponry

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Indigenous practice from New Zealand aims to reunite kids in care with families

New Zealander Katie Murray is in Winnipeg to share knowledge about a promising approach that aims to keep children at risk of being apprehended by foster care in their own extended families. (Provided by Katie Murray.)

New Zealander Katie Murray is in Winnipeg to share knowledge about a promising approach that aims to keep children at risk of being apprehended by foster care in their own extended families. (Provided by Katie Murray.)

Delegation in Winnipeg to help Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. keep kids in their own families

By Chris Read, CBC News, Nov 9, 2015

A delegation from New Zealand is in Winnipeg to share an approach they believe could reduce the number of children in foster care.

It’s called Family Group Conferencing (FGC) and it’s based on the practices of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people.

Katie Murray is the CEO of a social service agency on the North Island of New Zealand and she is here to liaise with Winnipeg’s Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. Read the rest of this entry

Maori commemorate 150 years since Battle of Orakau against British

 

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New Zealand: Operation 8 Trial Ends

Urewera Terror: epic fail

March 21st, 2012 by Lew, KiwiPolitico.com

Militant Maori warriors protest anti-terror raids outside parliament buildings.

Whatever your opinion regarding the Urewera Terror raids, you have to admit that the Police and Crown Law have failed.
The so-called “Urewera 4″ were convicted on about half of the least-serious charges brought, and the jury was hung on the more serious charges of participation in an organised criminal group. The defendants may be retried on these latter charges, and they may yet be found guilty. But the paucity of the Police and Crown Law operation is pretty clear regardless. Read the rest of this entry

Maori Warriors On Trial: Operation 8 Court Case

On Monday, October 15th 2007, more than 300 police carried out dawn raids on dozens of houses all over Aotearoa / New Zealand.  Police claim the raids were in response to ‘concrete terrorist threats’ from indigenous activists.  What initially started with 20 defendants is now down to four: Taame, Emily, Rangi and Urs.

Their trial started Monday 13th February 2012 in Auckland.  Below are a series of updates from the ongoing court process, beginning with a background article.  More updates can be found at: http://october15thsolidarity.info/ Read the rest of this entry

Aotearoa: New Zealand Prime Minister forced to abandon speech by Maori protest

A series of corporate news reports on protests held in Aotearoa (New Zealand) during Treaty of Waitangi Day celebrations during which NZ Prime Minister John Key was forced to abandon his speech in the face of hostile protests by Maoris.

PM forced to cut short visit to Waitangi marae

Maori protest during Treaty of Waitangi Celebrations, Feb 2012

Radio New Zealand, Feb 4, 2012
The Prime Minister has cut short his visit to the marae at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands after protest action got too noisy and his speech was drowned out.
John Key led a large party of government ministers, MPs and officials on to Te Tii marae on Sunday morning for an official welcome as part of Waitangi celebrations. Read the rest of this entry