Based on the nostalgic yearning for an imaginary past, Kiwiana should be quietly retired in the face of massive social and political change.
It's time to listen to warnings from the people of the Pacific.
Suz Te Tai (Ngati Manu)
When our COVID-19 lockdowns end, we can't afford to stop caring about collective well-being. NZ is well positioned to show the world how it's done – if we listen to Māori and other diverse voices.
In the case of mānuka honey, there are serious questions about what authenticity actually means.
While industry bodies fight over who can claim that their mānuka honey is authentic, Māori interests are often left out of the debate.
The extinction of important animal resources such as the moa reverberated culturally for centuries after the birds’ extinction.
John Megahan / Wikimedia Commons
Tracing extinctions that happened centuries ago is difficult. But in New Zealand, the last place to be settled some 750 years ago, ancestral Māori oral traditions retain clues about lost species.
Tāne Mahuta is New Zealand’s most sacred tree, but its days will be numbered if it is infected with kauri dieback disease.
A pathogen is killing kauri trees in New Zealand and now threatens an ancient, sacred giant. The response to the biosecurity incursion pales in comparison to recent threats to agricultural crops.
Wild horses, known as brumbies, in Australia.
From 30,000-year-old cave paintings to The Man From Snowy River, wild horses have always been part of human culture. As Australia debates what to do with 'brumbies' in mountain environments, it's time to reconsider their place.
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The pre-dawn rising of the Pleiades, known as Matariki in New Zealand, heralds the turn of the seasons and the start of a new year for Māori.
Despite the Treaty of Waitangi, acts by both the British Crown and successive New Zealand governments have had detrimental effects on the Māori population.
AAP Image/SNPA Pool, David Rowland
Reconciliation efforts were established in New Zealand 30 years ago to tackle grievances stemming from government initiatives that have seen Māori lose both resources and power.