Understanding The Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi has often been a subject of debate between Māori and the Crown. Walker considers the incomplete Māori translation of the Treaty to be reason for such debate. It is important to note that while sharing conceptual similarities, words used in the English version of the Treaty do not hold the same... Continue Reading →

Kaupapa Māori and Matauranga Māori

The terms kaupapa Maori and matauranga Maori are often thought of as synonymous. Royal, however, makes clear that, while being related, they do not lie solely in the same realm. Royal distinguishes kaupapa Maori as meaning either the values and plans of action decided by Maori; or the values and plans suggested by traditional knowledge... Continue Reading →

The Fallacy of Maori Privilege

To be part of the globalized, networked world we live in, Nicholas Mirzoeff proposes that we better engage in terms of visual thinking and activism. Visual activism, he puts forth, is engaging with visual culture to promote and create change - that seeing is not enough, we must act (Mirzoeff 297). An issue within New... Continue Reading →

Visual Activism

Bohemian painter Gottfried Lindauer was well known for his paintings of Maori people. Often using Maori chiefs and chieftesses as his subjects, Lindauer's paintings have a sense of dignity and regality, highlighted through visual elements such as mere (hand held weapon made of treasured greenstone), huia feathers (of the now extinct bird), korowai (embroidered cloak), tā... Continue Reading →

The Origins of Maori Privilege

Michael King states that a defining characteristic of the New Zealander is a “fiercely egalitarian instinct”. Herein lies what Dr. Peter Meihana identifies as part of the reason the idea of Maori privilege prevails in New Zealand. Referring to Peter Gibbons, Meihana states that suggestions of a ‘national identity’ as anything other than an ‘ideological... Continue Reading →

The Reality of Maori Privilege

  At the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, William Hobson, later appointed New Zealand’s first Governor, was recorded to greet each chief saying, “He iwi tahi tatou” – We are one people. When it comes to race relations in New Zealand, however, we appear to be anything but. The anti-separatist campaign, The Hobson’s Pledge,... Continue Reading →

Visual Activism, Janice, and Maori Privilege

Concluding his exploration of what visual culture is, Nicholas Mirzoeff proposes that visual culture has evolved beyond merely looking at the visual to something that requires engagement. He points out that visual culture of the past was used to criticize and counter representation in film, media, and art, whereas the visual culture of today works... Continue Reading →

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