As 2016 draws to a close, we salute those who stayed true to their identity this year.
Actions speak louder…
Six iwi and all of Auckland's usual haka groups refused to perform at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signing in the week leading up to Waitangi Day. Not great timing to ask for such a performance, considering concerns the TPP would limit the recognition of Māori rights.
Don't forget to take a matatahi before the year is out
In March, the new Māori word for "selfie" was chosen.
Push them higher
Fa'afetai tele lava, Joseph Parker
The celebrated boxer said a few words for RNZ for Sāmoan Language Week, Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa, in May.
Waiata at the train station. That's a good morning
A group including Māori Party MP Marama Fox treated Wellington commuters to waiata at the Central Station as part of July's Māori Language Week. Go on, have a listen.
Women should be allowed to wear what they want
That was the message from New Zealand swimwear designer Carena West who included a burkini in her NZ Fashion Week runway show in August, after 26 French towns banned the burqa.
"I am a singer not a rapper"
Aaradhna refused the "brown" award for Best Urban/Hip Hop album at the NZ Music Awards. She said she felt it would be unfair and gave the award to fellow nominees SWIDT.
From bad comes good
The Auckland Council will develop a diversity strategy and give staff cultural training after a Town Hall usher humiliated councillor Efeso Collins' Samoan family by turning them away from VIP seating at his November swearing in.
See you later sexism
Massey University Chancellor Chris Kelly opted to step down in December, after earlier apologising for saying one woman veterinary graduate was worth two fifths of a full-time vet.
Tell it with an Emotiki
After 18 months of development, an app with a unique Māori selection of emoji was launched. The green tiki face would have 50 different emotions, including a pukana.