The songwriting 'artivist' says her mission was to shove Māori into NZers' faces.
When Selina Tusitala Marsh goes to schools young Pasifika girls come up for bear hugs.
Tapu Misa says we need to hear more from inspirational Maori and Pacific women.
Everyone agrees we're a low-wage economy but the impact of that on families has been lost behind a haze of judgment and indifference, writes Tapu Misa.
A Christmas story from an associate, who was in a Salvation Army op shop when a family - mum, dad, and three children - stopped by to drop off a new bike.
I had an email from someone close to David Shearer, who was "saddened" by my recent column on the Labour leader, wrties Tapu Misa.
The housing crisis is complex and many years in the making, but even so the current Government's response is woefully inadequate, writes Tapu Misa.
David Shearer has been wholly unconvincing - seeming not only to lack a real understanding of the issues, but the conviction of his words, writes Tapu Misa.
The message seems clear, writes Tapu Misa. "Being poor isn't that bad. We feel your pain. We've struggled, too, and look how well we've done."
"Paula Bennett is right when she says poverty isn't an excuse for child abuse," writes Tapu Misa. "There is no excuse for child abuse."
Good teachers matter, but the problem with conflating education and poverty is that the focus can narrow unhelpfully on one piece of the puzzle, writes Tapu Misa.
Economists are right when they say that people respond to incentives, and teachers are no different, but the responses aren't always the ones we'd want.
Why is the idea of helping poor children so difficult to sell in a country with a supposed 'socialist streak'?
It's disconcerting when you find yourself in the corner with people you've seldom, if ever, agreed with.
A child psychologist asked to fix a delinquent child knows what the parents seldom recognise...