Currently, we have publishers in New Zealand that are open to manuscripts from all authors regardless of race, sex or religious belief. This is what is called equality of opportunity.
Recently a new publisher called Tatau Publishing has emerged that has described publishers who accept manuscripts from EVERYONE as following the “old (white) way.” Tatau Publishing claims that their way is a “new” way when all it is, is good old fashioned sexism and racism towards male authors and female authors who are not ” indigenous women.”
Of course, they have been very sneaky about their discrimination using weasel words to try to hide the truth. However, a close look at the following snippets makes it very clear that where there is smoke there is certainly fire. ‘Colonisation’ for example is a euphemism for white people and western culture so “decolonisation” is a euphemism for removing white people and Western ideas. “Indigenous” is a euphemism for brown people regardless of where they were actually born. The word “us” is not a reference to all human beings but only “indigenous women.”
Sisilia Eteuati introduces a new press that will support indigenous women of the moana.facebook.com/thespinofftv/posts/4548162635292721
We publish stories from the Moana, written by us, about us and for us.https://tatoupublishing.wordpress.com/about/
it’s not just the books that need decolonisation. It’s the very processes themselves.https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/16-01-2022/tatou-publishing-is-here-to-rock-the-vaa
What new publisher Tatau Publishing is promoting as being a “new” way of doing things is actually nothing more than old fashioned racial and sexual discrimination.
Let’s highlight the racism and discrimination inside New Zealand together because it is NOT OK!