Anti-Racism Resources

Here at The Fabric Store, we do not tolerate racism. As a team, we are committed to having open and ongoing conversations about how racism affects our community, with our focus here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Below are some of the shared resources we have found helpful to our learning.

This Is Us

This is Us is a series of digital stories created by Iranian-New Zealand film-maker Ghazaleh Golbakhsh in response to the 15th March 2019 terrorist attacks in Christchurch.

These digital stories are funded by Radio New Zealand and can be found here.

Conversations with my Immigrant Parents

Another series by Radio New Zealand where immigrant whānau have conversations they normally wouldn’t, crossing barriers of language, generation, and expectations.

Listen to these conversations here.

He Kākano Ahau

A six-part podcast about what connects Māori in the city. Kahu Kutia challenges the assumption that to be urban & Māori means to be disconnected from your culture.

Listen to the podcast here.

The Citizen’s Handbook Episode 1: Tangata Whenua

The Citizen’s Handbook begins where all good series start, the beginning! This episode tackles the settlement of Aotearoa starting with travellers from all over Polynesia right through to British and European settlers.

Watch Episode One online here.

Taringa Podcast

A bilingual podcast from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa discussing kupu (words), iwi (tribes), stories and tikanga (customs and protocols).

Listen to this podcast online here.

Getting Better Podcast

What’s it like to work in a system that doesn’t do right by your own people? Trainee doctor Emma Espiner is about to find out.

Listen to this podcast here.

Indigenous Urbanism Podcast

Indigenous Urbanism is a place-based storytelling podcast about the spaces we inhabit, and the community drivers and practitioners who are shaping those environments and decolonising through design.

Listen to this podcast here.

Indigenous 100 Podcast

A leading kaupapa Māori educator and researcher, Leonie has been working in the intersecting fields of education, health, whānau wellbeing and Māori immersion education for a number of decades.

Listen to Leonie's epsiode here.

Sing along in Te Reo

A playful and engaging Māori language resource for children and adults alike!

Sing Along with us here.

The Best Of Storytime

The latest and greatest children's stories and songs from New Zealand. Ngā pūrākau me ngā waiata nā Aotearoa.

Listen here.

Imagining Decolonisation

Written in group authorship exploring the impact of colonisation on Māori and non-Māori alike, Imagining Decolonisation presents a transformative vision of a country that is fairer for all.

Excerpts available here.

Decolonising Methodologies

Linda Tuhiwai Smith

The first part of this book discusses the history of Western research and critiques the cultural assumptions behind research by the dominant colonial culture. The second part focuses on setting a new agenda for indigenous research.

Learn more about this book here.

Rebuilding the Kāinga - Lessons from Te Ao Hurihuri

Jade Kake

An understanding of the ways of our tūpuna, coupled with the best of new thinking from New Zealand and abroad, this book has significant potential for sustainable housing models.

Purchase the book and learn more about it here.

Te Mahi Māra Hua Parakore

Jessica Hutchings

Jessica Hutchings (hua parakore gardener, activist, academic and certified Te Waka Kai Ora grower) explains the political implications of the decisions that we make about growing and eating kai.

Learn more about this book here.

Matariki: The Star of the Year

Rangi Matamua

Based on research and interviews with Māori experts, this book seeks answers to these questions and explores what Matariki was in a traditional sense so it can be understood and celebrated in our modern society.

Learn about this book and purchase it here.

Tikanga Māori: Living by Māori Values

Hirini Moko Mead

Here is an authoritative and accessible introduction to tikanga Māori. It is essential reading for all who seek to understand the correct Māori ways of doing things as they were in the past, as they are in the present--and as they may yet be.

Learn more about this book here.

Colonising Myths: Māori Realities - He Rukuruku Whakaaro

Ani Mikaere

This book brings together a series of papers by Ani Mikaere that reflect on the effect of Pākehā law, legal processes and teaching on Māori legal thought and practice. She discusses issues such as the ability of Māori to achieve justice when Māori law is marginalised; the need to confront racism in thinking, processes and structures; the impact of interpretations of the Treaty of Waitangi; the difficulty of redressing harm to Māori within the Pākehā legal system; and the importance of reinstating tikanga at the heart of Māori legal thinking and practice.

Learn more about this book here.

Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu argues for a reconsideration of the 'hunter-gatherer' tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and attempts to rebut the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession. Accomplished author Bruce Pascoe provides compelling evidence from the diaries of early explorers that suggests that systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern retellings of early Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia's past is required.

Read more about this book and purchase it from Magabala Books here.

Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds

Anne Salmond

In this, her most ambitious book to date, Dame Anne Salmond looks at New Zealand as a site of cosmo-diversity, a place where multiple worlds engage and collide. Beginning with a fine-grained inquiry into the early period of encounters between Māori and Europeans in New Zealand (1769–1840), Salmond then investigates such clashes and exchanges in key areas of contemporary life – waterways, land, the sea and people.

Learn more about this book here.

Ka Whawhai Tonu Mātou: Struggle Without End

Ranginui Walker

This is a revised edition of Dr Ranginui Walker's best-selling history of Aotearoa, New Zealand, from a Māori perspective.

Find out more about this book here

Ngā Kāhui Pou: Launching Māori Futures

Mason Durie

Professor Mason Durie is one the New Zealand's leading commentators on Māori social and political life. In this authoritative collection of his keynote addresses, he discusses Māori initiatives in health, education and Treaty settlements.

Learn more about this book here.

Māori Sovereignty

Donna Awatere

Māori Sovereignty was originally published in parts in the feminist journal Broadsheet. It develops a powerful argument about the costs to Māori of cultural imperialism and the importance of indigenous peoples recovering their own cultures.

Learn more about this book here.

Terror in our Midst? : Searching for Terror in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Danny Keenan

This book contains critical essays by Māori and Pākehā from a range of backgrounds that confront and explore the terror of the raids carried out across New Zealand on 15 October 2007.

Learn more about this book here.

Always Speaking: The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy

Veronica Tawhai and Katarina Gray-Sharp

This book canvasses the application of the Treaty of Waitangi to a range of disciplines, subject areas and challenges in the twenty-first century.

Learn more about the book here.

Ngāti Kahu: Portrait of a Sovereign Nation

Margaret Mutu et al.

This book describes the iwi of Ngāti Kahu through the traditions and histories of each of the sixteen hapu, told by kuia and kaumātua and kept alive for future generations. These include histories of poverty, deprivation and marginalisation at the hands of the Crown, and loss of 95 per cent of the lands of the iwi. The book examines the range of techniques used by the Crown to justify its actions and the way these laid the groundwork for continuing injustices.

Read more about this book and find it to purchase here.

Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers

Whiti Ihimaera and Whiti Hereaka

A lively, stimulating and engaging retelling of pūrākauu - Māori myths - by contemporary Māori writers.

Find this book here.

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History

Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris

A landmark publication, Tangata Whenua by Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris​ portrays the sweep of Māori history from Pacific origins to the twenty-first century. Through narrative and images, it offers a striking overview of the past, grounded in specific localities and histories.

This book has a website with lots of information and background research here

Kia Mau: Resisting Colonial Fictions

Tina Ngata

This digital book sets out to examine the decision by the New Zealand government to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Captain James Cook and the implications of that decision both for Māori and for the wider global struggle against colonialism.

Download an e-copy of this book for free here.

That's Us

A campaign by the Human Rights Commission to combat racism.

Read more about this here and further reading here.


A fantastic initiative, Mixit supports programmes that bring together a multicultural diversity of young people, and which uses creativity to increase self-confidence and support intercultural understanding.

Learn more about Mixit and how you can engage here


An online magazine dedicated to building a stronger Māori and Pacific presence in the New Zealand media.

Check it out online here.

The Treaty Resource Centre

A website with a variety of resources relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, including educational workshops. Check it out here.

Kupu o te Rā

A website giving a new kupu Māori (Māori word) each day. You can sign up to receive a daily word in your inbox! Check it out here.

Use Your Macrons

An article highlighting the importance of macrons in Te Reo Māori and how to use them on your computer. Read it here.

Rediscovering Aotearoa

An 8-part bilingual short documentary, podcast and article series, made with the support of NZ on Air. The series travels Aotearoa meeting young Kiwis as they discuss the impacts of colonisation today, modern race relations and how they are decolonising themselves.

Listen here.

It Stops With Me

A national campaign that provides tools and resources to help people and organisations learn about racism and stand against it by acting for positive change.

Learn more about this Australian campagin here.

Reconciliation Australia

A fantastic organisation that promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Learn more about this organisation here.

Change the Record

Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of legal, health and family violence prevention experts.

Join the campaign here.

Everday Needs Journal

Māori solidarity with BLM and the importance of self-reflection in Aotearoa.

Read this journal entry here.

Kotahitanga through Creativity

An excellent article about an online arts campaign encouraging unity through creativity, brought to you by Creative Waikato. Read more here!

Making te reo Māori cool: what language revitalisation could learn from the Korean Wave

AUT’s Te Ipukarea Research Institute is leading a project looking at how the Māori language can be better supported in the lives of adolescents. Funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, this research is based on the idea the Māori language of adolescence forms the building blocks of non-formal adult language. In other words, it is about the informal language of friendship, humour, relationships, emotions and mental health that sets a pattern for everyday use later in life.

Read the article here.

Creatives - Nikau Hindin

Artist Nikau Hindin is reviving a contemporary form of Māori art that was largely lost after the extinction of the aute plant in Aotearoa. Read her interview and photo essay here.

Unitec Short Courses

Kura Pō, learning reo Māori at Unitec, lots more information can be found here.

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Documentary portrait of pioneering filmmaker and mother Merata Mita, detailing how her filmmaking intersected with the lives of her children and indigenous filmmakers globally, and featuring rare archival footage dating back to 1977.

Watch the trailor online here.

Spoken Word

Poet Stevie Sikeua, talking about her Whakapapa and how it shaped her life, on YouTube here.

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