A NEW BEGINNING: MOANA JACKSON
MICHAEL KING MEMORIAL LECTURE
“… when the ancestors crossed Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa,” writes Te Tiriti o Waitangi expert and one of the world’s foremost Indigenous rights legal scholars Moana Jackson (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Porou), “they overcame what seemed impossible and realised that courage is simply the deep breath you take before a new beginning”. As a contributor to the newly-published essay collection Imagining Decolonisation, Jackson looks at our past and imagines our future, tackling one of the most urgent of our society’s issues – where to from here for Aotearoa? He makes the case for a noncolonising future, one which draws on the land-and-tikanga-centered way of ordering society envisaged in Te Tiriti, and one which begins with the untelling of colonisation’s past and present lies. In doing so, he both acknowledges the challenge and heralds the rich possibilities that will enable all of us to “learn the trick of standing upright here” (Allen Curnow), independent yet interdependent.