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Aug 10, 2018, 6:52 AM
The Forging of Māori/Israel Friendship
“I want to be your friend” These were the words of Māori tribal elder Pat Ruka to the Israeli ambassador to New Zealand, His Excellency Dr Itzhak Gerberg, in a warm and moving ceremony recently held in the traditional Māori...
Aug 1, 2018, 12:20 AM
Historic Māori-led apology to Israel
History was made on 29 July 2018 when the indigenous people of New Zealand organised a special ceremony to honour and welcome the Israeli ambassador, His Excellency Dr. Itzhak Gerberg. Led by Ngapuhi kaumatua (elder) Pat Ruka, and joined...
Dec 1, 2017, 6:07 AM
An Gathering of Indigenous Peoples in Israel
A report on the Welcoming the King of Glory conference held in Abu Ghosh/Kiryat Ye’arim, October 10-13, 2017. A number of Pacific and Māori communities have, over a long period, spoken of a “deep sea canoe vision” from the Pacific...
Oct 27, 2017, 7:14 AM
The Balfour Declaration at the Ends of the Earth
The Balfour Declaration has been exploited for political purposes by both supporters and opponents of the Jewish state. The following historical narrative situates the Balfour Declaration within the context of a small Jewish community at the ‘ends of the...
Nov 4, 2015, 9:20 AM
NZ’s UNSC Proposal: Even Handed or Empty Handed?
New Zealand’s Foreign Minister McCully is currently circulating a draft United Nations Security Council resolution, purportedly seeking to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table. His reference to ‘New Zealand's character of having a reputation for even-handedness and...
Sep 8, 2015, 4:41 AM
A Palestinian Voice of Realism
Palestinian Human Rights activist, Bassem Eid, recently visited New Zealand bringing a fresh perspective on the plight of the Palestinians. Eid grew up in the Shu’afat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, where he lived for the first 33 years...
Sheree Trotter is a Māori New Zealander and Ph.D candidate (History) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a researcher, writer and co-founder of Shadows of Shoah, a unique multi-disclipinary Holocaust exhibition.