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Hei kanohi mataara, hei ringa whiti 

Eyes wide open, ready for action

Tiriti-based futures + Anti-racism 2020 is an innovative (inter)national, online and offline, Tiriti-based, anti-racism and decolonisation event in Aotearoa. 

It will start with a one-day hui March 21, Race Relations Day 2020, hosted by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua in Tāmaki Makaurau, and run for 10 days. Webinar topics include institutional racism and anti-racism, decolonisation, building Tiriti-based futures and transforming our constitution. Overseas presenters will also discuss lessons for Aotearoa from their experiences with these issues. The open-access webinars will be posted on-line, where they will become permanent resources for anti-racist activism and Tiriti education. 

TBF2020 also includes face-to-face events in multiple locations, these will include Tiriti workshops, train-the-Tiriti-trainer hui, public talks, webinar viewing and discussions and community pot luck dinners. New anti-racism and Tiriti resources, both printed and online, will gradually be added to the site. 

The organisers are a group of Pākehā and Māori with experience in activism, research and community development. With your help, we hope that Te Tiriti Based Futures + Anti-Racism 2020 will become an annual event.

Accountability to Māori

This initiative is a response to a challenge from Māori wanting increased education efforts around decolonisation. The event is based on community Tiriti education principles, pedagogies and on-going reflections. It accepts te Tiriti o Waitangi as the primary text, and places it in the context of He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nū Tīrene. We acknowledge and maintain that hapū in Aotearoa never ceded tino rangatiratanga.   

Our co-ordinating group (Alex Hotere-Barnes, Kate Matheson, Kassie Hartendorp and Heather Came-Friar) have a number of different relationships and accountabilities with both Māori-led groups and individuals. Presently, this includes but is not limited to: STIR: Stop Institutional Racism, Te Rau Ora, Action Station and a diverse network of Māori Tiriti educators and activists.

We are working with both Māori and Tauiwi Tiriti educators to advance our aims. These relationships are both formal and informal. As our initiative grows we expect new relationships will also be forged. Ultimately, our work with Māori is based on long-term, relational, mutual trust and respect established over decades of mahi. Throughout the development and implementation of our campaign we have and will continue to seek guidance and support from these different networks. 

This project also has the tautoko of  Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Tuu Tama Wahine, Waka Oranga, Digital Indigenous, Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa - NZNO, Te Ha Oranga, Nga Mana Pou and Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research – Auckland University of Technology. The webinar programme has a significant presence of Māori leaders and academics.  Our partners will variously be leveraging the event to advance their goals and aspirations in relation to race relations.

Ngā Ringa Hāpai

Co-ordinating Group



Heather is a Pākehā New Zealander. He Tangata Tiriti ahau. Her background is in health promotion, public health and social justice activism. She is a Senior Lecturer with Taupua Waiora Centre for Maori Health Research at Auckland University of Technology. Her research focuses on critical policy analysis, te Tiriti o Waitangi and anti-racism. Heather is a founding member and co-chair of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism, an active member of Tāmaki Tiriti Workers and the co-Vice-President of the NZ Public Health Association.

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Alex is a Pākehā graduate of the Kaupapa Māori educational movement. He works closely with teachers, school leaders and community members to help create relationships that are culturally and socially just. As an educator and researcher with affiliations to Mātaatua, Tainui and Te Tai Tokerau areas, he is fascinated by what supports and gets in the way of mutually advantageous relationships between Tāngata whenua and non-Māori. He is a PhD student and independent contractor on a range of educational and health initiatives. Alex is interested in bilingual schooling, philosophy, hip-hop, tikanga Māori revitalisation, being fit and healthy, and having a laugh! 



Kassie Hartendorp is a community activist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). Descending from Ngāti Raukawa, England, Ireland and Scotland, she has a background in LGBTIQ+ communities, youth work and the union movement. She is a Community Organiser for partner organisation ActionStation, which is an independent, crowdfunded, community campaigning organisation.


Kate is a Pākehā New Zealander. She was born in Zimbabwe (post-independence) and moved as a child to Te Tairāwhiti where she was raised and nurtured by the people of Ngāti Porou. Kate now lives in Te Tai Tokerau and works for Northland's Public Health Unit. She is completing a Masters in Public Health focusing on “peace, justice and equity as prerequisites to health” as stated in the WHO Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion.  



Stephen is a Pakeha New Zealander. In 1997 he worked on a pioneering community website, and ever since has actively supported changemakers and communities to effectively use digital technologies. This has entailed roles in everything from government agencies and national NGOs through to neighbourhood groups. Stephen is Communications Manager for the NZ Drug Foundation.