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ASTR: Commentary on Aotearoa NZ Histories Draft Curriculum

Our ideal history taught in schools would be a full account of the ongoing colonialism in Aotearoa and clear understandings of why and how things happened centring indigenous truths. JJ Carberry has stated that a decolonised curriculum would mean that hapū would have direct influence on the information that is taught about the local region. Bringing in colonial history of Aotearoa can help young people connect the Aotearoa context to global colonialism in a deep and meaningful way.

Racism in peril? Mutual aid and solidarity in the face of New Zealand’s history of white supremacy against Chinese and Māori

Colonisation sailed to Aotearoa’s shores aboard ships like the Blenheim, Coromandel, and Tory. With them came a different way of making sense of the world, and white supremacy was the implicit, goes-without-saying assumption that carried them here. Both tangata whenua and migrants from Asia were considered inferior – in culture, and in people. We were a threat to this new white society, and concerted efforts were made to ensure we didn’t jeopardise this way of life. Throughout Aotearoa’s colonial history, Pākehā took a paternalistic role and attempted to control relationships between Māori and Chinese, engineering divisions when the threat of intimacies became apparent. Tracing the origin of the ideas leads us back to white supremacist racialisation. 

Stories of Māori and Chinese solidarity: an excerpt from Dr. Moana Jackson’s talk

This is an excerpt of a talk by Dr. Moana Jackson at a public event organised by Asians Supporting Tino Rangatiratanga (ASTR) in collaboration with Asian Law Students Association (ALSA) at Victoria University. The connection between the two groups was created through Dr. Moana Jackson’s introduction and this hui instigated the Pōneke (Wellington) chapter of … More

When ignorance isn’t the problem

The dominant systems of education, awareness raising and making information/knowledge available and accessible alone is not enough to mobilise. As Kassie said, it’s not just about having the right ideas, relationships are central to our organising.

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This virtual library is a home for political writings that may struggle to be heard elsewhere. We centre the voices of indigenous writers and people of colour who are signalling warnings in a time of colonial capitalism, and calling for otherworlds to be birthed. 

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