Sunday, 6 May 2007


Sweet as? conference programme

Exploring dominant culture in Aotearoa/New Zealand: blindness and illusion

Registration: 9.00am

Morning: Dominant culture and the construction of pākehā ID' or is it 'kiwi ID' ??

Keynote speaker: Avril Bell Becoming Pākehā: dominance and its costs


  • Nigel Murphy: Race and the construction of New Zealand’s national identity 1890-1907
  • Jacob Otter: (Re)Doing whiteness in the pursuit of justice in Aotearoa
  • Will Christie: "Native Pākehā": desire and power at work in dominant constructions of ethnicity

Lunch (provided*): 12.30-1.30

Afternoon: White privilege and dominance

Keynote speaker: Wong Liu Shueng: racism, angst, culture, experience


  • Meng Zhu: Activism and being Chinese on colonised land
  • Toa Waaka: Re-enacting te tiriti to its rightful place in the mainstream
  • Emet Degirmeci: multiculturalism- what for?

Close: 4.30pm

Conference dinner*: 6.30pm

Beyond dominant culture: creating new dynamics

Start: 9.00am

Morning; Politics of identity

Keynote speaker: Moana Jackson: The politics of identity


  • Danny Butt: leaving New Zealand to become local
  • Sekhar Bandyopadhyay: Politics of multiculturalism and the minorities
  • Athena Gavriel: More than food and dancing girls: national identity, what’s in it for me?

Lunch (provided*): 12 noon - 1.00pm

Elizabeth Kerekere and Gay Puketapu-Andrews: Identity continuum activity

Afternoon: Ways forward: envisioning future paths


  • Suzanne Menzies-Culling: Building a road to freedom
  • Teresia Teaiwa: Niu means coconut: Pacific ways of thriving as minorities within dominant cultures
  • Mervin Singham: a new paradigm for a multi-ethnic Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Hannah Ho: crumbs off a dominant table: some pitfalls of “dots not joining syndrome”

Discussion and closing

Close: 4.30pm

* Lunches, dinner, and morning and afternoon teas are provided. Costs are included in the registration fee.

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