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Release: Island Time with Damon Salesa

Island Time with Damon Salesa

29 June 2018

Join us at Te Papa on Saturday 7 July for an extraordinary address from an inspirational scholar.

Saturday 7 July, 2.00–3.00 p.m
Te Marae, Level 4,
Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand
55 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington
All welcome, no rsvp needed

What would it mean for New Zealand to act like a Pacific Island nation? Damon Salesa explores this question in an energising public lecture, based on the Michael King Memorial Lecture he delivered to a standing-room-only audience at the Auckland Writers Festival in May.

Setting a course through the ‘islands’ of Pacific life in New Zealand – Ōtara, Porirua, Tokoroa, Ōamaru and beyond – Salesa envisions a country becoming ‘more Pacific by the hour’. He challenges us to embrace our Pacific talent – because the future of this country is Pacific, whether we are ready or not.

Damon Salesa’s BWB Text Island Time: New Zealand’s Pacific Futures is available on our website and from all good bookstores.

More details on facebook or download a flier here.

BWB acknowledges the support of Auckland Writers Festival and Creative New Zealand.

Event Date time:
Saturday, July 7, 2018 – 14:00

Release: NZ Silence on West Papua

New Zealand’s silence on West Papua’s ‘slow genocide’

Media Release: 29 June 2018

See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua by Maire Leadbeater issues a challenge to New Zealanders to acknowledge and make right the consequences of our nation’s ‘selective diplomacy’ in the Pacific region.

This meticulously researched book uncovers the untold story of New Zealand’s unprincipled and often hypocritical approach to the struggle of the people of West Papua. 

In the 1950s New Zealand supported self-determination for the former Dutch colony, but in 1962 opted to back Indonesia as it took over the territory.

The consequences of repressive Indonesian rule have been tragic for the West Papuan people, who are experiencing slow genocide, says Maire Leadbeater.

“A growing number of Pacific Island nations are calling for change, but so far New Zealand has opted for caution and collusion to preserve a ‘business as usual’ relationship with Indonesia.”

See No Evil is a powerful account by one of New Zealand’s most respected authors on peace and Pacific issues, issuing a call for a just and permanent solution – self-determination – for the people of West Papua.

Read on for details of national book tour.

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Release: Māori Mental Health

Media release: Maea te Toi Ora: Māori Health Transformation

21 June 2018: How Culture Is Transforming Mental Health 

‘Mental health issues are arguably the single greatest threat to Māori health and well-being,’ says Professor Te Kani Kingi, one author of the new book Maea te Toi Ora: Māori Health Transformations. This book brings together a number of Māori clinicians and researchers to explore the relationship between Māori culture and Māori mental health. It includes chapters by Mason Durie, Simon Bennett, Hinemoa Elder, Te Kani Kingi, Mark Lawrence and Rees Tapsell, with insightful case studies from their own experiences of working with Māori to restore well-being.

kin01-cover-final‘The lifetime prevalence of mental ill-health amongst the Māori population is greater than 50 per cent,’ Professor Kingi continues. ‘Of added concern is the fact that Māori tend to access services late, if at all, and at a point where options for effective treatment and care are limited. These issues are in stark contrast to historical patterns and trends where the mental health disease figures for Māori, at least when based on admissions, were far below those of the non-Māori population.’

During the last thirty years, a number of significant developments have facilitated the integration of Māori philosophies or principles into mental health service delivery in an effort to address deteriorating trends. Unless urgent and more comprehensive strategies are developed, mental health disorders are likely to continue to occur at the same rate, if not increase.

‘The book’s primary focus is to examine potential solutions and opportunities – in terms of clinical treatment and care, but also how environmental, political, cultural and strategic initiatives might be created to better promote Māori mental health,’ says Professor Kingi.

The book will be a resource for all those interested in the relationship between culture and mental health and the ways that current interventions and care options can be enhanced through improved levels of cultural insight.

Te Kani Kingi (Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tai) is a professor at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne, and his specialist interests are mental health research, psychometrics and Māori health. The book will be launched on 28 June at the Eastern Bay Regional Health Summit at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne.


Release: BWB Panel on Migration

Fair Borders? Migration: A Panel Discussion

‘Borders were never designed to stop everyone from moving. It’s always a matter of who is moving to where, and why…’

6.00–7.00 p.m. Thursday 28 June
Royal Society Te Apārangi
11 Turnbull St, Thorndon, Wellington

Join us for a panel discussion with BWB Texts Fair Borders? editor David Hall and contributors Andrew Chen, Arama Rata and Evelyn Marsters to discuss how New Zealand’s borders impact on its citizens, on recent immigrants, and on people who aren’t permitted to set foot on this land.

In the lead-up to the 2017 election, immigration was a burning issue. Pundits declared, ‘It’s time for a national conversation about immigration’, even while migration policy was vigorously debated in the media. Whether it is about record-high arrivals, severe housing demand, or the investor visas provided to internet tycoons, the conversation about migration continues. But who is the ‘we’ having this conversation and who are the absent voices? What is the perspective of tangata whenua or migrants themselves? And how do our borders reflect or shape the debate?

Doors open 5.30 p.m.
All welcome, no RSVP needed.
View this event on facebook. Download a flyer here.

Release: Legend of Mauao

New children’s book tells the Legend of Mauao

Media Release: 16 June 2018

mauao_bookMatariki Tauranga Moana heralds the release of a new bilingual children’s book retelling the Legend of Mauao to commemorate the return of Mauao to Tauranga iwi in 2008, the creation of joint management under Ngā Poutiriao ō Mauao in 2013, the recognition of Mauao as wāhi tapu in 2014, and the signing of the Mauao Historic Reserve Management Plan on 11 June 2018.

‘Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao’ is a collaboration between Tauranga author and historian Debbie McCauley, illustrator Debbie Tipuna, te reo Māori translator Tamati Waaka, and book designer Sarah Elworthy, and has the blessing of local kaumatua.

Debbie, a former children’s librarian and now a heritage specialist at Tauranga City Library, was committed to making the legend more accessible to tamariki. “In 2012 I rewrote the legend for children, printed it with colour images, and stapled it together so we would have something to read aloud during class visits to the library,” she said. “Since then I have been working towards publishing it properly so it is available to a wider audience.” The story has been used many times at the library alongside a play in which children dress up and re-enact the journey of Mauao. “The book itself has been a labour of love for Mauao, who I see from my kitchen window each morning,” says Debbie, who has published the book through her own indie publishing business, Mauao Publishing.

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