Writing Response (Option A): Week One

Pages 153-154: Walker, Sheilagh. ‘’Chapter seven: Conclusion. Notes to myself: Writing from the gut’’. Kia tau the rangimarie: Kappa Maori theory as a resistance against the construction of Maori as other. Auckland University: Unpublished Masters thesis (excerpt), 1996. 153-154. Print.


Discuss in 75-100 words the author’s perspectives and consider her key ideas.

The author describes and explains her perspective on society as a Maori women, and discusses the differences she notices between Maori and Pakeha. The author explains the common struggles of being Maori, and how Maori society often feel like outsiders or feel discouraged and looked down upon by Pakeha. Walker states, ‘’Yes I do want to change the world, but most importantly I want to live in the world’’ (Walker, 1996, p.154). This quote highlights the issue of equality and the effect of discrimination towards Maori, and how Maori can be made to feel as though they don’t belong in the world. (Walker 153-154).

In 75-140 words consider the voice of the text you have just read.

The authors tone comes across as both frustrated and passionate. The frustration comes from the authors perspective on Pakeha and how she desperately wants Maori to feel and be treated as equals amongst a predominantly Pakeha society. The passionate tone comes across through the regular use of exclamation marks, and the constant reminder that Walker wants the best in life not just for herself but for all Maori people. The author frequently uses personal pronouns such as my, I, and me, as she relates her key points back to her own personal experiences, therefore making her argument stronger and more meaningful. Walker has a very personal, and at times political voice throughout the text as she contrasts the differences between Maori and Pakeha. I found this text both easy and difficult to understand. I was able to understand the points Walker made about the equality difference between Maori and Pakeha as I have grown up in a mixed society. However, I am not very knowledgeable on Maori terms, which therefore made some sentences difficult to understand. (Walker 153-154).


Featured Image:

Witehira, Johnson. “Korero”. Made by Johnson. N.p., 2015. Web. 6 Mar. 2016.


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