Marxism and the Māori Sovereignty Movement – A Māori communist perspective (Voices of Women and Gender Minorities)


Article originally published in Fightback magazine’s special issue dedicated to paid radical writing by women and gender minorities.

By Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho.

The influence of Marxist theory and particularly Marx’s theory of alienation and capitalist political economy on the Māori sovereignty movement during the 1970’s is important to examine and I would also like to consider the contemporary relevance of these ideas for Tino Rangatiratanga (Māori political autonomy). Marx clarifies the exploitative relationship underpinning the political and economic system of capitalism. The themes of subjugation, oppression and enslavement that are necessary within a capitalist political economy are common to the process of colonisation and the relationship between the coloniser and the colonised and indeed still feature in the contemporary neo-colonial struggle. The arms of colonisation reach backwards and forwards in time, creating a struggle that we as Māori are born into. Our destiny and our legacy is one of resistance…

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Deconstructing the Imperial Psyche in Pursuit of a Just Global Economy.

Tina Ngata

I’m currently in London on the invite of the British Labour Party for their inaugural International Social Forum. There are bold questions being asked – what should Britain’s role be in re-scripting a global economy that will secure our descendants a future on this planet? 

As I have pointed out in my speech below – there is a reckoning to be had in order to answer that question:


Tēnā koutou. I have travelled for 2 days to get here, my return trip will create 4.8 metric tonnes of CO2, that’s a great distance and lot of carbon for 10minutes so I will be cutting to the chase to make the most of our time together here. I normally wouldn’t agree to travel this far for just one engagement but I have made an exception here because as I am about to outline to you – I really believe that of…

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Dave Veart: Unearthing Ihumātao’s past — E-Tangata


Dave Veart knows a bit about the rich history of Ihumātao and how, around seven centuries ago, the Polynesian voyagers from Hawaiki set about adapting to their new world on the shores of the Manukau Harbour, not far from what’s now the Auckland airport. But adapting to the demands of the migrants pouring in from elsewhere for…

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Ihumātao — PO Box 2 Blackball


What a complexity is Ihumātao, a site of early Maori settlement, confiscated as part of the 1860’s land grab of the Waikato and Taranaki, abused over the years, finally made a reserve, but with an adjoining farm remaining in private ownership dating back to confiscation. Because it was in private ownership it could not be […]

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Te Wharepora Hou

Indigenous land rights movements at Mauna Kea, Hawai’i and Ihumātao, Aotearoa, have hosted each other today in an exchange of solidarity and support for Indigenous rights.
Dr. Emalani Case, neice of Mauna Kea leader Pua Case, arrived at Ihumātao this morning bearing support from the Hawaiian campaign for the ongoing occupation movement in South Auckland.

“Mauna Kea and Ihumātao are not isolated moments” says Dr. Case. “They are movements that speak to each other across oceans. Although we may be in different places, we are linked in our shared commitment to protecting our lands, our peoples, and our futures. From Mauna Kea, we recognize the struggle at Ihumātao because we know it, we’ve felt it. We’ve lived it and we are still living it. From Mauna Kea, we’ve also felt the Māori recognition of our struggle. We’ve felt the prayers, we’ve been inspired by the actions, and we’ve been empowered…

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Kua katia te kēti: the last Te Panekiretanga graduation

“I want to raise them in te reo Māori so they have the ability to express themselves however they like and that it is accepted anywhere but more importantly that it is valued in our home with their whānau.”

Hā ki roto, hā ki waho

Disclaimer: I’m writing this piece not as a Te Panekiretanga student but as lover of te reo Māori (the Māori language).

I was so excited when my friend asked if my partner and I if we would like to come to her Te Panekiretanga graduation. From the get-go I was SO EXCITED. I’d never been to one and I wanted to support her as an acknowledgement of her 13 month journey through what I’m sure what an intense and gruelling journey. I’ll leave it to them to tell their stories and share their testimonies of their haerenga (journey) as some did so eloquently yesterday. What I want to talk about is how proud I am to be Māori, how excited I am to raise a bilingual family, and how much of a hui-hopper (someone who hops from one Māori gathering to another) I will be because of that.

Rāwhitiroa Photography

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