Category: Maori

New Zealand History

What a fascinating and potentially heart-warming piece of news: Finally, New Zealand history is going to be compulsory in New Zealand schools. Akoranga (learners) across the nation are going to be taught about the histories of our diverse nation. Obviously, featuring in that teaching and learning will be the history of Moriori. Their pacifist existence, their origins, beliefs, tapu and manawa ka. As a people with a well documented pre-contact history and devastating post-contact history, the history and story of Te Imi Moriori provides a different perspective into our sometimes darker past, but also into a message of hope and determination that all Kiwis would recognise. Alas, nowhere in the media releases, or quoted conversations do we see any mention…

Treaty Settlement

  Te Imi Moriori (The indigenous people of Rekohu – The Chatham Islands) have, after 3 years of negotiations initialled the deed of settlement, meaning that they are accepting what the government is proposing. The deed of settlement will now be taken back to Imi (tribal) members for ratification and is then expected to be passed into law early in 2020.  The redress includes: a Crown apology, agreed historical account agreed cultural and commercial redress of $18 million for historical breaches of the Treaty. Chief negotiator, Maui Horomona (Solomon), described it as a historic day for his iwi but especially for the mokopu, or next generation. He said he hoped this settlement will get rid of the stigma many Moriori…