Venue: Maidment Theatre, Alfred Street, The University of Auckland
Host: Annette Sykes, Ngati Pikiao, Lawyer and Activist
The Politics of the Brown Table
A self-annointed Iwi Leaders Group, a Māori Party that supports a National/ACT government, and a group of Crown mandated intermediaries drawn from retired politicians and bureaucrats are today’s agents for the manufacturing of consent and the management of discontent amongst Māori. The commercial deals on Treelords, the Emissions Trading Scheme, geothermal resources, national parks, private prisons, mining, whanau ora are all harnessing Māori to a global capitalism that impoverishes the mass of working class Māori and making them dependent on its survival. Most whanau and hapu are excluded from decision-making and denied the rights over their resources just as they always have been. Bruce Jesson foresaw these trends back in the 1980s. This lecture challenges this agenda and identifies the basic principles for a politics that genuinely empowers the people.
Professor Margaret Mutu, chairperson of Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngati Kahu, will be the discussant on the lecture.