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Deconstructing the media metanarrative

By   /  March 14, 2014  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The mainstream media are good at letting us know their politics, because their preferences and positions haven’t shifted in decades. The media support big business, racist, stereotypical ideas that successfully helped disengage 800,000 eligible voters last time around.

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Alleviating poverty key to raising student achievement

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Cunliffe’s state of the nation speech in Kelston was welcome relief to the nonsense of last week when the government decided to throw $359M at high-earning change and executive school principals.

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Visiting the doctor with Mum

By   /  January 17, 2014  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Looking at her watch constantly and breathing that breath where you know she’s irritated at having to go over the information again, we talk for a good 45 minutes. Throughout the entire conversation she answers my questions by looking at my mother and only rarely glancing at me.

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Victory for Labour

By   /  December 14, 2013  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Securing the majority of the 800,000 non-voters will be key to Labour’s chances for success next year.

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Conferencing equity from the sidelines

By   /  December 3, 2013  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

My paper looked at shifting the focus of university’s from recruiting Pasifika students to their institutions as mostly an activity of adding flavour, to a deliberate approach of engaging these communities as a means of facilitating their personal and familial aspirations.

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The new ‘brown flight’

By   /  November 14, 2013  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The new reality is that many of our people have been won to the idea that moving out and away from communities that we’ve traditionally lived in is the way to get ahead. Freire (1972) argues that after a while, the oppressed begin to mirror the attitudes and aspirations of the oppressor.

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Power-up: “fixing” Pasifika students

By   /  November 1, 2013  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Well the Ministry of Education are up to their usual acculturalistic and assimilationist activities yet again. This time they’re out in Pasifika communities setting up ‘power stations’ that act as homework centres in churches in Porirua, south, west and east Auckland.

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Emerging Pasifika Leaders

By   /  October 19, 2013  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

The big story for me around Local Body elections was the emergence of young, Pasifika leaders many of whom stood under the banner of the Labour Party. Lotu Fuli, Apulu Reece Autagavaia, Rev Obed Unasa, Ruby Manukia-Schaumkel and myself are just a few of the new people to have been elected to a local board and the Counties Manukau DHB.

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Pretending to be Pacific

By   /  September 27, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

What I do know is that over the years there have been many forms of people wanting us to look at them and “pretend that they’re Pacific”. MP’s show up to church at precisely the 3-year election cycle.

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Labour and Pasifika-style leadership – can Cunliffe do it?

By   /  September 6, 2013  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

I’m convinced that under Cunliffe’s leadership Pasifika voters will both be inspired to the booth and others, back to Labour.

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Normalizing participation

By   /  August 21, 2013  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Unasa is undoubtedly pioneering the way forward for Pasifika people, ethnic people and minority groups to have every confidence that they can stand just like anyone else, for the highest office in the city.

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Fat chance of owning a house!

By   /  July 25, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

I was staggered watching the news last night and hearing the PM say that first-time homeowners were still a priority for the government. He was obviously pitching at middle and upper class New Zealanders because that is so far from the reality of Pasifika families.

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Unasa stands for Auckland mayoralty

By   /  July 10, 2013  /  Efeso Collins, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Having listened to a week’s worth of talkback on community radio and had many discussions with people at church functions, I can say with confidence that he has huge support that is rapidly growing.

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Diversity demands a shift in politics

By   /  June 26, 2013  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

My first piece of advice to anyone wanting to see an increase in our participation in the political process is simply this: premise your interactions with people on a basic respect for their humanity.

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Citizen A: Martyn Bradbury, Efeso Collins, Selwyn Manning Debate GI Evictions + Gambling Bill + Employment Law Reform

By   /  June 20, 2013  /  Citizen-A, Efeso Collins, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, Selwyn Manning, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

On Citizen A this week, host Martyn Bradbury is joined by Efeso Collins and Selwyn Manning to debate: GI Evictions + Gambling Bill + Employment Law Reform…

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South Pacific law at uni…

By   /  June 12, 2013  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

The University of Auckland Law School offers approximately 55 elective courses and one is devoted to South Pacific Legal Issues. The paper is offered in consecutive years subject to the faculty appointing a suitable coordinator or academic to teach it. In just a few weeks the paper will wrap up at the end of this current semester and then go back to the waiting list till its time to appoint someone again.

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