mana_whenua 2.0
essa ranapiri

Bill Gates knows he is
netscaping our futures.
—  Roma Potiki

To get around the issue of the disgruntled
native, the Crown will pay Silicon Valley $
4,000,000 to design a new AI to increase t-
he efficiency of the consultation process.
They will call it Mana_Whenua 2.0. It will b-
e a conglomerate of every Maoris social m-
edia presence and the Letter of the Law
no need to return the land if we can all fit
onto a usb drive plugged into a dying com-
puter in a condemned building as the bank

essa may ranapiri (Ngāti Wehi Wehi, Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-Tonga, Te Arawa, Ngāti Pukeko, Ngāti Takatāpui, Clan Gunn) is a poet who lives on whenua Ngāti Wairere. Their first book of poetry ransack (VUP) was longlisted for the Ockham Awards 2020. They are the featured writer in Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020 with their work ‘HAUNT|HUNT’. They also dabble in visual arts; their redinblack series of paintings was hosted in the Gus Fisher Gallery as part of the queeralgorithms exhibition in 2020. Their second book Echidna out in 2022 through Te Herenga Waka University Press. They will write until they’re dead.

Read essa ranapiri interviewed by Lauren Peat.


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