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 PÄkehÄ 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 mÄori party) than I am.
One major difference is that Morgan is actually MÄori 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 mÄori party (parts one and two); the KÄ«ngitanga; the best and worst-performing MÄori MPs; and of the Welfare Working Group report and what it means for the mÄori party.
But there’s a lot more than that. So go and read his archive, join the kÅrero. Aotearoa needs more discussions like this sort of writing could kick off.