Practices of Exclusion: Mass Incarceration of M?ori and the Impact of State Violence on the Indigenous Community in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Today, Māori make up around 15 per cent of the New Zealand population but over 50 per cent of the prison population. When the data is disaggregated for gender the rate is even more sobering: Māori women represent over two thirds of women prisoners. This paper is based on ongoing research, including interviews with ex-prisoners (and gang members), their families and with the Indigenous scholars to illuminate the connection between mass incarceration and its impact on the well-being of Māori communities. The presentation will also critically analyse mainstream society’s symbolic representation of Māori as criminals, and the symbolic violence that continues with the ignorance of tikanga Māori, the obliteration of New Zealand is colonial history, and ultimately forms of white privilege that sustain ‘racism without racists’.