Feb 2, 2011

Maori Bloggers (part two)

A few days ago I asked readers whether or not they knew of any Maori bloggers/blogs. I had hoped that more names would have come up but I guess the Maori blogsphere is quite desolate. The following is a list Maori blogs and bloggers that I know of;

mars 2 earth (author: Marty Mars)

mars 2 earth is probably the most popular Maori blog - and with good reason. Marty Mars focuses on kaitiakitanga and offers a view of politics from a Maori/Ngai Tahu perspective (he also posts regularly unlike most other Maori bloggers).

Whenua Fenua Enua Vanua (Ana)

Whenua Fenua Enua Vanua is another leading Maori blog. Ana posts on a range of issues affecting Maori and other indigenous people and along with marty is one of the only Maori bloggers to post on a regular basis.

Ahi-kā-roa (Carwyn Jones)

Ahi-kā-roa focuses on legal issues affecting Maori and other indigenous people. The blog is written by Carwyn Jones, a Victoria University law lecturer. Posts are in depth yet infrequent.

KJT. Random musings on all sorts of things (KjT)

KjT comments almost exclusively on economic issues. According to his bio he is concerned about neo-liberal meanness. It is excellent having a Maori blogger who can comment competently on economic issues.

Te Waainga Wahine (various)

Te Waainga Wahine is a collective of Maori women - a strong voice for Wahine Maori. The blog usually reproduces press releases and links to material from prominent Maori women such as Annette Sykes and Ani Mikaere.

He Hōaka (Kim Mcbreen)

He Hōaka is an undiscovered gem. Like Ahi-kā-roa posting is infrequent but comprehensive and thoughtful.

Roarprawn (Bustedblonde)

Roarprawn is a popular right wing blog. The blog’s author is Ngai Tahu. Although I find her conclusions pretty peculiar it is an interesting blog and an enjoyable read. NB: I do not class Roarprawn as a Maori blog – the author just happens to be Maori.

Tim Selwyn (Tumeke)

Tim Selwyn is a popular Maori blogger. Tim has a very good understanding of Maori politics, as well as national politics, but does not post frequently on Maori political issues.

Rawiri Taonui also writes online columns here and here.

All in all a fairly short but eminent list of blogs and bloggers. There is a good mix of male and female and young and old. I guess the only problem is that the list is overwhelmingly left wing (it could be argued that this merely reflects the Maori population though). If I have missed anyone out please leave a comment.


  1. Kia ora Morgan,

    Thanks I appreciate the mention but jeepers we all have a lot of work to do getting a maori blogging community up and running. Ana and i support each other by being part of the Aboriginal News Group http://aboriginalnewsgroup.blogspot.com/

    It's about supporting indigenous struggles everywhere and sharing knowledge and strength.

    As you mention there are a couple of good blogs that are very supportive of maori - Maps at Reading the Maps and lew at Kiwipolitico. A number of commentators on The Standard have strong maori voices - it's a pity they don't have blogs. Robert Guyton is also a friend for maori http://robertguyton.blogspot.com/ as is Robb at Musings from Aotearoa http://ruahineramblings.blogspot.com/ But I suppose it's how far you want to spread the net. I found it hard to nut out.

    It's going to be a big year for maori this year and already it has started out messy. It will be great to link and comment with other bloggers who are aligned. I'm not a techie but surely we could consider developing some type of site for maori voices - like 'The Standard' model perhaps.

  2. Kia ora,

    I would love to see a community of Maori voices as well but i'm no techie either. I'm not sure I know of any too. It certainly is an idea with huge potential and one I would like to pursue. It's hard to know where to start though.

  3. Morgan, I think a good place to start would be to encourage more people to write and helping those who write infrequently to post more often.

    Guest posting could be a way to do this.



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