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281 Karangahape Rd Auckland

Paul Tapsell

Kāinga: People, Land and Belonging


Through his own experience and the stories of his tīpuna, Paul Tapsell (Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa) charts the destruction caused by the alienation of his people from their kāinga and whenua, and from each other.

Colonialism and capitalism, extraction and exploitation, have diminished Papatūānuku to the point of extinction and the Earth mother now demands that humanity humble itself to restore balance in our relationship with the natural world.

This book calls for action from the Crown to recognise, protect and restore the sovereignty of Kāinga communities as promised in Te Tiriti. We must find a way for Pākehā farmers and Māori kāinga to work together in true partnership. The application of mātauranga Māori is vital if New Zealand is to have any hope of surviving the climate crisis before us.