March 25, 2021
Monuments and street names a racist plague
The head of a Māori think tank says monuments to colonial figures are a plague on Māori.
A survey by Te Atawhai o Te Ao, the Independent Māori Institute for Environment and Health, found an overwhelming number of Māori felt racism impacted them and their wider whanau every day.
Director Rāwiri Tinirau says colonial figures are ever present through monuments and street names.
"Those statues and monuments that honour colonisation and honour the pain inflicted on our people, it causes pouri and riri through to this day, so our experiences of racism are multi-generational. The stories of racism being experienced by our tupuna are handed down within whanau," he says.
The Whakatika Survey also covered the media representation of Māori tūpuna, Māori names, Māori kai and general experiences of racism.
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