Imagining Decolonisation

Imagining Decolonisation

Decolonisation is a term that alarms some, and gives hope to others. It is an uncomfortable and often bewildering concept for many New Zealanders.

This book seeks to demystify decolonisation using illuminating, real-life examples. By exploring the impact of colonisation on Māori and non-Māori alike, Imagining Decolonisation presents a transformative vision of a country that is fairer for all.

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Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Ripeka Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton and Amanda Thomas.
Print publication:
Ebook publication: Mar 2020
Pages: 184
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9781988545783
DOI: 10.7810/9781988545783

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'Decolonisation, Irish summer camps and my dumb Māori Dad', Caitlin Hicks, Salient, 13 July 2020.

'Noteworthy: dominant titles on racism and feminism', Eleanor Black, New Zealand Herald Canvas magazine, 4 July 2020.

'Matters Arising', Tom McKinlay, Otago Daily Times, 29 June 2020.

'Imagining decolonisation in Aotearoa', Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, RNZ, 6 June 2020.

'What is decolonisation?', Ocean Ripeka Mercier, The Big Q, 23 April 2020.

'With stories, anything is possible', Moana Jackson, E-Tangata, 15 March 2020.

'Where to next? Decolonisation and the stories in the land', Moana Jackson, The Spinoff, 7 March 2020.

'Why colonisation is bad for everyone', Rebecca Kiddle, Stuff, 9 March 2020.


'To mash the metaphors: is it a matter of a married couple uniting their individual strengths under one roof, or of finding peace by living "together apart"? Perhaps such ambiguity is inevitable in a collaborative exercise in fleshing out what Jackson calls the "ethic of restoration", where the end point gains definition as the journey progresses.'
– Vaughan Yarwood, New Zealand Geographic, July/August 2020.


'Instead of talking at the reader these authors present informed ideas and observations for thought and also reference one another. This topic can be nerve wracking as there are so many different connotations associated with the word 'decolonisation' currently. How do you view the way life is going for our people and country? Consider some of the ongoing problems.... personal, social, environmental, cultural, fiscal and political, which never diminish but become more complex because of the way we are currently viewing them. I do encourage people from all walks of life to read this small but powerful book to gain an insight into the current conversation surrounding a credible future that could provide huge gains for all.'
– Unity Books (Wellington), newsletter, April 2020