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Dr Vincent O’Malley’s book is a great place to start for anyone wanting to learn about the history of this country. His book and many other important texts can be purchased directly from the publisher Bridget Williams Books https://www.bwb.co.nz/books/maori.

Then move onto some of these other sources…





Judge Joe Williams’s 2019 Robin Cooke lecture, “Build a Bridge and Get Over It: The Role of Colonial Dispossession in Contemporary Indigenous Offending and What We Should Do About It”. Fast-forward to 19:20.

Dr Moana Jackson’s 16 Nov 2017 public lecture, “Why did Māori never have prisons?”. Fast-forward to 7:05.

If you have access to Netflix, check out the feature-length documentary “13th” based on Michelle Alexander’s book.

Hilary Cottam talks about “inverting the system”, through inversions of time and inversions of power. This is all part of the transformation she argues for from “transactional welfare” to “relational welfare”. At the heart of her thinking is the idea that the welfare system should be focussed on creating capability not managing dependence. For her, one of the best ways of creating capability is by broadening our social connections – creating groups that have people from different backgrounds with different skills, connections and experiences to share. Here’s a link to an hour-long YouTube clip:

James Belich’s New Zealand Wars documentary collection on YouTube.

Lessons from a Recovering Racist, TEDTalk from Andrew Judd the former Mayor of New Plymouth, an advocate of Māori wards in local Government.


Black Sheep
The Aotearoa History Show
Once a Panther
The lake
Fried bread podcasts

Fried Bread talks to people who work for Government Departments in Aotearoa about their experiences and how they are trying to do the best for Māori. It is humble and intimate and aims to interrogate the yucky parts of ourselves and in the process nourish our wairua with a bit of bravery and a laugh or two. It is a monthly release, from February 2020, and is 30 to 45 minutes long. Interviewees can be anonymous if they want to and cannot name or shame anyone or their workplace. The interviewees could be on the frontline doing the hard yards, at a regional office taking the credit for the frontline work or at the national office thinking they are making relevant things. (That was a joke.)

More books:

No Māori Allowed
Robert E. Bartholomew

My Journey
Donna Awatere-Huata

The Road to Hell
Elizabeth Stanley

Reform: A Memoir
Geoffrey Palmer

The Story of Parihaka
Dick Scott

A Sort of Conscience:
The Wakefields

Philip Temple

Ko Taranaki Te Maunga
Rachel Buchanan

The Great War for New Zealand
Waikato 1800–2000

Vincent O’Malley

Hīkoi: Forty Years of Māori Protest
Aroha Harris

The Penguin History of New Zealand
Michael King

Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!:
Māori In the First World War

Monty Soutar

Radical Help
Hilary Cottam

The Haka Party Incident
Kayleen Hazlehurst

The Platform
Melani Anae

Dr Carla Houkamau and Anton Blank

Juridical Encounters
Shaunnagh Dorsett

Paul Moon

Te Puea
Michael King

Healing Our History
Robert Consedine & Joanna Consedine

Paradise Reforged
James Belich

He Tipua
Ranginui Walker

Te Wai Pounamu – The Greenstone Island
Harry C Evison

Days of Darkness, Taranaki 1878-1884
Hazel Riseborough

The Prophet And The Policeman – The Story of Rua Kēnana and John Cullen
Mark Derby