The “Black Pearl” of Ohinepuhiawe

In 1975 the Waitangi Tribunal Act was passed in 1975 in Aotearoa-New Zealand. The Act meant that Maori could claim grievance with the Crown for the loss of their land and seek reparation accordingly. In the Rangitikei district of the North Island district is land...

Right Fighting and “Free Speech”

This post continues from previous posts examining the silences and contradictions of free speech. It is claimed that speech without consideration of its intended audience is no speech at all and that there are consequences for diminishing the importance of freedom of...

Racial Neutrality and the Booing of Adam Goodes

An important ongoing issue within Australian media discourse is the debate surrounding the booing of indigenous athlete Adam Goodes during the 2015 Australian Football Rules (AFL) season. The view that the booing amounted to the racialization of Goodes is summarily...