How Pākehā can better honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi

CW: Racism, colonisation, discussion of Pākehā dominance  Definitions Pākehā: English, foreign, European. Despite the claims of some non-Māori speakers, the term does not normally have negative connotations. Tauiwi: foreigner, European, non-Māori, colonist. Tāngata Tiriti: Treaty partners, Pākehā and tauiwi (all ethnicities). It’s Saturday night. The stars are out, the music...

A Brief History of Ngāi Tahu: Things you should probably know about the land you’re on

If you’ve come to study at Otago University from up North, picked fruit in the sweltering heat of Central Otago, gone skiing on the slopes in Wānaka, or gone stargazing at Lake Tekapo, it’s important for you to know about Ngāi Tahu. Ngāi Tahu, also known as Kāi Tahu, is the iwi which makes up a majority of Te Waipounamu (the South Island). Ngāi Tahu travelled to Aotearoa about 800 years ago, making this our...

Iwi Dialects: Because Te Reo Isn’t the Same Everywhere

Growing up in Aotearoa, chances are you’ve learned a bit of te reo here and there. While you might think there is a one-size-fits all approach, that’s not the case. All across Aotearoa, different iwi in different regions each have their own individual dialects of te reo. Listed below are detailed descriptions of some of the individual dialects, as well as some examples for you to practice, depending on what region or area you call...

“What percentage are you?”

Why the colonial concept of blood quantum doesn’t define indigenous people  By Annabelle Vaughan People sometimes ask weird questions, that’s how life is. However, for many Māori here in Aotearoa, or any indigenous person, a common question we often receive is “so what percentage are you?” This question is generally asked when people find out about your indigenous heritage, or the debate surrounding...

When Worlds Collide: Overcoming Technological Hurdles to Te Reo

The digital world can provide a place for te reo Māori to thrive, but a number of technological hurdles stand in the way. One of the largest problems is with autocorrect and spell check.  Students found it annoying when te reo words autocorrected to English words. Other times, kupu have that persistent little red line underneath them indicating a spelling mistake.  Dani told Critic that: “Word and Grammarly are a pain...

Local Produce: Adelaide Cara

Adelaide Cara is an Ōtepoti musician who recently recorded their debut album ‘How Does This Sound?’ The album is nostalgic and dreamy, perfect to listen to while you drive around at night, with haunting vocals. Thankfully they released it on cassette tape, so even my very old car can play it. Adelaide studied music at Otago for three years. This album is the culmination of that experience, and of their emotional journey so...