May Peace Prevail

May Peace Prevail

It’s Friday, a weekend out from Christmas, and I’m still on the road: Auckland for a multi-gang meeting, Taiwhakaia in the Bay of Plenty for a …

“Pull up, pull up”: The Psychology of Colonisation

“Pull up, pull up”: The Psychology of Colonisation

Let’s deal with the alleged terrorism and Tuhoe issue. The last sounds heard by those at the controls immediately prior to the airship tragedy at Mt Erebus reportedly were “Whoop whoop, pull…

How to Break Out

How to Break Out

 The month ahead is going to be flat out so I thought I’d jam a few words now in case I lose thoughts and insights during the passage of time. Some good…

Looking through a kaleidoscope

Looking through a kaleidoscope

E hika! The Sky has fallen. I realise that I end up writing a lot about tangi. Its appropriate to take a little time out in this, Te Wiki i Te Reo Maori, to…

“Those that have ears let them hear”

“Those that have ears let them hear”

In the wake of the tumult and tragedy of the past week with the murder of 2 year old Jhia Te Tua a journalist asked me about the good side of gangs. I told…

Nga mea o te ora (“The stuff of life”)

Nga mea o te ora (“The stuff of life”)

Outside its chilled down big time. We’ve had a long sweet summer but the turn is on and we all have to prepare for the immediate vicissitudes of winter let alone oncoming global climate…

Arohamai (Forgive Me)

Arohamai (Forgive Me)

My spirit is revived. I feel as if I am in what the priests of my youth would call ‘a state of grace’ (although, in truth, the good Lord may consider this to be…