The F.I.R.S.T Foundation
Tuatahi Nga Kaitaunaki Rangahau
The Foundation for Indigenous Research in Society & Technology
The F.I.R.S.T Foundation is a philanthropic >> trust that aims to commission and facilitate research into issues of interest and concern to indigenous people everywhere, and to promote informed public discussion of these same issues, at which indigenous voices are heard.
In Aotearoa, the Foundation has embarked upon an exciting and ambitious programme NGAI TATOU 2020 (ALL OF US TOGETHER, 2020) which will involve commissioning research papers from leading-edge thinkers and practitioners, and arranging future wananga where these are publicly addressed and discussed by informed people of goodwill, whether indigenous or non-indigenous.
NGAI TATOU 2020 will encourage indigenous people to articulate the Aotearoa/New Zealand they want their mokopuna to inherit. In the public arena, such views will be open to discussion and critical analysis. More >>
Waitangi Rua Rautau (Waitangi Bicentenary) was launched by the New Zealand Maori Council in 2001 for Maori, individually and collectively, to set long-term goals, monitor, evaluate and respond to them. It is a commitment by the Maori Council to develop a programme to rebuild harmonious relationships between Maori and Pakeha, culminating in the bi-centennial of the nation in 2040. Each year, an eminent speaker will deliver a public lecture on a topic related to this goal. Click here to read the launch by Sir Graham Latimer >>>
2009 Emeritus Professor Dr Alan Ward
A Social Democrat's View of the Treaty
I fear that, sadly, in the last twenty years many New Zealanders have come to doubt whether the Treaty in fact does promote that ideal. The great surge of claims under the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975, heard in adversarial proceedings before the Waitangi Tribunal, has caused many to regard not only the Treaty of Waitangi Act, but the Treaty itself as divisive, a bone of contention between Maori and Pakeha........ More >>
2008 Dame Anne Salmond
TWO WORLDS: TANGLED HISTORIES
As Waitangi Day approaches, time spins around us.
As we gaze back into the past, we also look into the future.
It’s a time for celebrating our successes, and honouring our
ancestors. What were the
dreams that drove them when they forged this nation, and what are the
things that still bind us all together?
What kind of a future are we hoping to shape for our children and
2006 - Sir Howard Morrison
"Tu Tangata - Whaia Koe Te Matauranga Hai Whitiki Te Iwi, Kia Toa Ai - Seek ye from the Fountain of Knowledge So the People may Thrive and Prosper"
This quote is by Kepa Ehau. Kepa Ehau was a member of Ngati Tarawhai of Te Arawa and has been hailed as the greatest Te Arawa orator. He attended Te Aute College.....In my address, I want to honour Kepa's whakatauki about the fountains of knowledge from the past, creating fountains of knowledge in the present to prepare the fountains for the future..... Listen & Read here>>
Sir Howard stood as a link between past and future
generations, a link between the values of the past and the values of the
future, between the expectation of those past generations and our
expectations for our future, he stood as a major link with the past
generation of Kepa Ehau, Sir Apirana Ngata and
Haere atu ra e te rangatira Ta Howard, haere ki Hawaiki nui, ki Hawaiki roa, ki Hawaiki pamamao. Hoki ki o tupuna, ki te ringa kaha o te Atua
2005 -Professor Whatarangi Winiata
"The Reconciliation of Kawanatanga and Tino Rangatiratanga "
lecture is given 35 years ahead of the 200th anniversary of Te Tiriti o
Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi. It
is about the major and natural source of tension between the two
signatories. We will refer to
this as the co-existence between käwanatanga and rangatiratanga. This
relationship has been under strain from the early days of the Treaty until
now with the latest point of contention being the claim of rangatiratanga
over the foreshore and seabed and the assertion of käwanatanga over the
same spaces........ More>>
2004 - Dame Joan Metge DBE
"Ropeworks - He Taura Whiri "
On Wellington's Anniversary Day in 1990, a Maori friend and I joined the crowd streaming on to Petone Beach to witness a re-enactment of the arrival of the first British settlers and their reception by the tangata whenua. Covering every square inch of the beach we picnicked, sang and waited patiently until two tall ships emerged from behind an island and costumed "settlers" disembarked into the ships' cutters. Two carved waka dashed out from the shore, literally ran rings round the cutters and escorted them towards the beach. Descendant of Scottish settlers who arrived in Auckland in 1842, I experienced an unexpected rush of pride and identification - with the settlers being landed on the beach, yes, but even more with the friendly, rainbow crowd and the waka cleaving the harbour waters with such panache........ More>>
2003 - Sir Rodney Gallen KNZM
"Encounters & Responses"
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