A little about me...

Kia ora!
My name is Juliana Treadwell and I have the privilege of being a part of the MDTA 2016 crew! During my first year of this course I will be a part of an awesome year two/three class at Tamaki Primary School with my highly knowledgeable mentor Sally Barlow. I'm super pumped for this crazy adventure and through this blog I hope you can live and learn vicariously with me and enjoy the experience as much as I am!

Friday, 26 February 2016

"History is Written by the Victors". Walter Benjamin

A dominant  belief of Pakeha in New Zealand is that our tangata whenua need to get over the grievances of the past and move on as a culture to adapt into todays world. The quote "history is written by the victors"  is highly relevant ideology in relation to this type of whakaaro. Pakeha have dictated history since they first arrived in New Zealand and at times this 'history' has been slightly misconstrued for personal benefit. However during Pat Snedden's inspiring talk this morning I realised that it was actually possible to back track and redefine history. Ngati Whātua were able to rewrite history and reclaim the land that had been unrightfully taken them and have since become empowered and the most successfully iwi in NZ. If we can allow our tangata whenua to speak out and regain what is rightfully theirs it will not only empower our Families and our students but also start the process of forgiveness and building towards a united multi-cultural nation.

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