Giving away our tax cuts

Last year I signed this Open Letter on Tax, calling for wealthy people to be taxed more. But this year, instead of paying more tax, rich and middle income people will be paying less.  For me, my tax cut will buy me four or five loaves of bread per week. I don’t want or need…

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A glimpse of mana motuhake

Recently a group of us had the privilege of seeing mana motuhake [Māori self determination] first hand.  And it was beautiful. Let’s start with this term “mana motuhake” – what does it really mean?  Te Aka online dictionary defines it as “separate identity, autonomy, self-government, self-determination, independence, sovereignty, authority – mana through self-determination and control…

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Girl from Karanema

I’m in a Wellington cafe, at a coffee meeting with a colleague from Ngāti Kahungunu.  We are both born in Hastings, so that is a nice start.   Then after a while he says, “Actually, I am not really from Hastings, I am from Flaxmere.”  And I say, “Actually I am not really from Hastings either,…

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