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On Finding Spirit (My story of reading and radicalising: Part II) 

If we were going to start from scratch why not deconstruct the whole premise? - DQ Through a ...
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On Finding Solidarity (My story of reading and radicalising: Part I)

No more can I dull my rage In alcohol and deference To men’s courts I will come to ...
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Transgenderism, Neoliberalism and Rape Culture: Brisbane talk

Below is the text of a twelve-minute talk I gave in Brisbane on October 12, 2019. The talk ...
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Real “wellbeing” means addressing the demands of midwives, teachers – women

During the election period in 2017, historian Anne Salmond wrote hopefully about an emerging trend she called “Jacindamania.” The appeal ...
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Gender harms women: Feedback on international recommendations to the New Zealand government

Feedback on the recommendations from New Zealand’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in ...
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"Where are the women?": An interview with Cynthia Enloe

I began to read feminist literature -- real, radical feminist literature -- around 2014, and found it transformative. ...
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Feminists must think radically to reject sex self-identification laws

Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense ...
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Transgenderism: the latest phase of disaster capitalism

Believers in the shock doctrine are convinced that only a great rupture – a flood, a war, a ...
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Conquest: on the inseparability of militarism and prostitution

As long as men have gone to war, they have kidnapped women and children for sexual slavery. According ...
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The creation of patriarchy: How did it happen?

I began with the conviction, shared by most feminist thinkers, that patriarchy as a system is historical: it ...
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Censored piece: Jeez, Louise – may we have our own thoughts, please?

This piece starts with an explanatory note and story about the article to follow. The article itself - ...
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Pride, police, politicians, pundits and prison abolitionists: What's going on?

To say the least, there are echoes of the Emperor’s new clothes in our annual Pride Parades. Since ...
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New Zealand’s Literacy Gap: A Call to Action for Student Teachers

New Zealand’s Literacy Gap: A Call to Action for Student Teachers

First published on The Aotearoa Project, April 29, 2015. * “… no school system can claim to be just which is organised in such a way as to favour children who have been socialised in one, rather than another part of the social structure of the community that nourishes them. Wherever a school system is …

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Sex and the city's magazine

Sex and the city's magazine

First published as a letter to the editor in FishHead’s April 2015 issue. * Dear FishHead Magazine, I have just read your March “sex” themed issue, and expect to see the following response in full in your April letters section [this letter can be read in that issue]. I would like to know if FH …

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Ngataki School, 1930-70

Ngataki School, 1930-70

  Published in Education Review, September 2013 When Alan Simpson started his post as headmaster of Ngataki School in 1952, the school was set in pine, sand and scrub in a hot, windy climate. It had 40 children, no power, little funds, and no cleaners. Cleaning was sorted easy enough: for the floors, Simpson and his wife …

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Education: Beeby’s, Tomorrow’s and Today’s

Education: Beeby’s, Tomorrow’s and Today’s

  Published in Education Review, September, 2013 “The government’s agenda is becoming chillingly clear” reported Education Aotearoa in Winter 2011. Charter schools, performance pay, league tables, public private partnerships and class size increases: these proposals continue a trajectory commenced with the Lange government’s Tomorrow’s Schools reforms, driven by free market ideologies. The 2007 curriculum was a more promising Ministry document, including statements on …

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Word up, Wellington!

Word up, Wellington!

Click here for a feature in FishHead magazine about what Wellington city’s best teachers are doing to close the literacy gap in their classrooms.

Frillseekers: The arts-first pioneers of New Zealand’s world class education

Frillseekers: The arts-first pioneers of New Zealand’s world class education

  “The arts are the sustaining, vitalising element in the education of teachers as well as children. It is essential for teachers to have personally satisfying experience of music, art, drama, dance, poetry, fiction – of some at least of these – if they are to be lively, sensitive, confident, and sympathetic enough to engage …

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Teachers teaching teachers

Teachers teaching teachers

Click here for an article in Salient about the state of teacher education at Victoria University.

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