Immigration has been a key and contentious policy issue in the lead-up to New Zealand’s general election on September 23, as it has been in many recent election campaigns internationally. Racial Equity Aotearoa (REA) are a grassroots movement working to identify and challenge problematic “immigration myths”, as well as ways to strengthen connections between tangata whenua (Māori) and tangata tiriti (non-Māori). Evelyn spoke to one of REA’s longest-standing members, Alesha Niuapu to find out more.
I’m thirty-six and sometimes I forget that I’m brown. I’m not kidding — sometimes I catch myself in the mirror and I’m like, “Ah, that’s right, you’re a brown person.” But the truth is I’m also a white person.