Maui Street

datePosted on 10:04, March 25th, 2011 by Lew

For some weeks now I’ve been meaning to give a big up to Morgan Godfery and his blog Maui Street.

Over the past six months Morgan has been writing prolifically on NZ society, politics and constitutional topics. He is unapologetically indigenist, but with a sensitivity to the political realities of indigeneity in a Pākehā political and social system. Unsurprisingly, this balance means he and I share similar perspectives on many subjects; notably the uselessness of the Labour party and the desperate need for a genuine contest of political ideas within New Zealand’s left. On other topics, not so much: he supports banning gang patches and is considerably more critical of the Iwi Leadership Group in and ‘corporate iwi’ (in which he broadly includes the leadership of the māori party) than I am.

One major difference is that Morgan is actually Māori himself, so speaks more authentically on many of these issues than I can — and indeed, than almost anyone in the NZ blogosphere can. Especially useful are his evaluations of the māori party (parts one and two); the Kīngitanga; the best and worst-performing Māori MPs; and of the Welfare Working Group report and what it means for the māori party.

But there’s a lot more than that. So go and read his archive, join the kōrero. Aotearoa needs more discussions like this sort of writing could kick off.


3 Responses to “Maui Street”

  1. Morgan Godfery on March 25th, 2011 at 10:35

    Hi Lew,

    Thanks for this. I’m somewhat flattered.

  2. Bryce Edwards on March 25th, 2011 at 11:21

    I agree – Morgan is very impressive (even if I disagree with his indigenist approach) – and this is why I nominated him back in January on Kiwipolitico as one of the “upcoming left intellectuals” in this country. I’m sure he’ll soon be snatched up by the mainstream media as a Maori political commentator.

  3. TBD on March 28th, 2011 at 11:30

    I also extend a hearty kia ora to Muzza!

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