Are We All New Zealanders Now?
A Maori response to the Pakeha quest for indigeneity.
Written by Dr Ani Mikaere
About the Author
Ani Mikaere (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou) is a barrister and solicitor and teaches Māori law and philosophy at Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa. Ani has published widely on the impact of colonisation on Māori and Māori legal practices, biculturalism, Māori self-determination and the Treaty of Waitangi.
About the Text
“Racial conflict was one of the formative experiences of New Zealand society. Pākehā New Zealanders are the products of an invading culture. As individuals we can be magnanimous or guilt-stricken, according to our inclination. But as a society we have this amazing capacity for self-deception. For more than a century we smugly believed that this country was a model of racial harmony, that we were one people. Māori radicalism has put an end to that particular delusion, and we are now in the process of putting down new layers of hypocrisy.”
Are We All New Zealanders Now? is a zine which republishes Dr. Mikaere’s standout essay. The entire text is just under 6,000 words, meaning the zine will be fairly long.
We’re anticipating the redesign of this zine will include laying out the essay in an accessible and compelling way, and producing some imagery to support it.
We will prioritise applications from Māori and indigenous creatives for this title, but welcome applications from anyone who feels a connection to this subject.
A link to read the full essay is available upon request.