Thursday, April 06, 2017

The best of e-Tangata

The celebrated digital magazine e-Tangata is home to some of the most incisive and profound commentary on life in New Zealand. The best of these have been collected together into a new BWB Text by the magazine’s editors, Tapu Misa and Gary Wilson.

The collection encompasses Māori, Pasifika and Pākehā writers from around New Zealand. Read as a single volume, it provides an engaging and deeply personal reflection on New Zealand society.

The Best of e-Tangata, authors and interviewees grapple with politics, social issues, history and popular culture. For example:

  • Lawyer and former Manu Samoa player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, for example, describes the colonial version of New Zealand and Pacific history taught to him at school in Auckland.
  • Dale Husband interviews Naida Glavish. In the 1980s, Glavish was threatened with dismissal from her job as a Post Office tolls operator for greeting callers with ‘kia ora’.
  • In ‘Maybe the Urewera owns itself’, Wena Harawira interviews former New Zealand Prime Minister Jim Bolger about the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori development.
  • Lawyer Moana Jackson writes about the remembering and commemoration of New Zealand’s nineteenth-century wars.
Dale Husband interviews Teresia Teaiwa about the complexities of the Pacific and her cultural heritage.

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