Edited by Jessica Hutchings and Jenny Lee-Morgan

The introduction of the book offers a challenge to thinking around Māori education and decolonisation.

“The Crown continues to define and manage what it sees as important and relevant in Māori education. This book seeks to counter that narrow world view.”

The book presents a kaupapa Māori and decolonised agenda for Māori education.

The relevance and timeliness of the discussion is also important. Around the motu are these ‘bonfire’ events (action done locally that spark further action) ignited by Māori who are daring to challenge, confront and defend their position on the impact colonisation has had in their lives.

The contributors include some people well-known (and less well-known)  in Aotearoa and in education including – Rangunui Walker, Moana Jackson, Veronica Tawhai and Leonie Pihama who all have a significant knowledge to express  experience and understandings in this space.

The writers use a narrative approach  to convey the deep messages in each contributor’s korero. This will appeal greatly to those who favour the storying style of critical analysis and assessment.

They explore issues such as  tribal education, the media, food sovereignty, wellbeing, Christianity and tikanga.

This is a book that you will want to ponder on alone, and then be desperate to talk about with whanau and colleagues. It is affirming and confirming – by Judith Nowotarski.

Judith Nowotarski is a former president of NZEI Te Riu Roa and is the current Miro Maori lead organiser and strategic advisor at NZEI TeRiu Roa.

Five stars