‘The key word is manaakitanga’: Trading indigenous knowledge with First Nations peoples

As winter passes and new life takes hold in New Zealand, indigenous guests from far abroad have arrived to exchange cultural knowledge. 

‘We all need kindness’: theatre director Rose Kirkup on her show Big J Stylez

Everybody Cool Lives Here is one of Wellington's most exciting theatre companies, and their work Big J Stylez comes to Auckland's Herald Theatre this week as part of Matariki Season.

What marks out our Māui from all the Māui? It’s partly down to vagina dentata

With the debut of Disney's Moana in the Hawaiian language, Simon Perris looks at at pan-Pacific representations of Maui, and the atua wahine Disney conveniently ignored. 

‘We want to wear this building to bits’: Te Ahu, the beating heart of Kaitaia

Kaitaia's Te Ahu centre is a lot of things to a lot of people – a taonga, a service, a symbol of progress, a happy distraction.

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What the new year holds for Māori business

Treaty and business consultant Joshua Hitchcock takes stock of the Māori economy and looks at some of the issues that will shape the next 12 months.

Karena and Kasey’s big dinner was incredible. But was it worth $320?

Alice Neville went along to The Creation Dinner, a pop-up restaurant by MasterChef winners Karena and Kasey Bird, and it was bloody good.

Andrew Little: ‘Pākehā ways of engaging are so inadequate’

The 'minister for everything' on nation building and resolving Treaty settlements on 'marae time'

Everything you wanted to know about Matariki but were too embarrassed to ask

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, we look at the meaning of Matariki.

Ricky Houghton and the whare that love built

Many of the children abused in state care facilities over the past 40 years have grown up lost in the system. Ricky Houghton decided to overthrow the system completely.

Is Bob Jones racist? Let’s review the evidence

Legal action has been taken by multi-millionaire Bob Jones against two Māori women who have called him and a column he wrote racist. Is it true? And what is racism anyway? We delved into the archives for answers.

Intention and joy: The Breaker-Upperers’ Ana Scotney on her new play

Breakout performer of local hit The Breaker-Upperers, and now award-winning theatre maker, Ana Scotney is the definition of a rising star.

He saved my life, but he couldn’t save his own

The government’s inquiry into mental health and addiction, announced in January, travels to Whanganui this week, home of the mental health worker who changed Jason Rene’s life.

EXCLUSIVE: Ria Hall ’Te Ahi Kai Pō’ video premiere

Ria Hall's 'Te Ahi Kai Pō', directed by Shae Sterling, inspired by the Battle of Te Ranga in June of 1864.

Learning (and not learning) about the New Zealand Wars

Historian Vincent O'Malley conducted his own survey over the weekend on what people did and didn't learn about New Zealand history at school. The results, no matter how unscientific, still paint a clear picture.

Cellfish: A play about love and prison

Jason Te Kare grew up watching his mum raise and love at-risk youths in their family home. The director of new prison-based play CELLFISH talks about learning how to live a compassionate life.

The power, importance, and future of the Māori roll

Māori are in the process of choosing which electoral roll to vote from. Simon Day spoke to Dr Paerau Warbrick about what that decision means.