Author(s): Aroha Harris
Māori protest is not the disorganised and isolated activity of a minority radical element...
What have Māori been protesting about? What has been achieved? This book provides an overview of the contemporary Māori protest ‘movement’, a summary of the rationale behind the actions, and a wonderful collection of photographs of the action – the protests, the marches and the toil behind the scenes. And it provides a glimpse of the fruits of that protest – the Waitangi Tribunal and the opportunity to prepare, present and negotiate Treaty settlements; Māori language made an official language; Māori-medium education; Māori health providers; iwi radio and, in 2004, Māori television..
At least one lesson of Hikoi 2004 is clear: rather than never repeating, history is fated to repeat, and repeat again, until its lessons are learned.
Dr Aroha Harris (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Auckland. She has considerable experience in both historical and social research, having worked for government agencies, private companies and iwi, and she was a founding member of Te Pouhere Kōrero, the Māori Historians Network. Her research interests focus on Māori in the twentieth century, particularly since World War II. She has been published as a creative writer, as an academic and as a researcher.
In 2008 Aroha was appointed a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and is currently a member of Te Rohe Pōtae. Aroha also continues to provide research advice to Te Runangā o Te Rarawa.