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A collective of story catchers & tellers, writers,

artists, thinkers, & leaders.

A space to share what we love, our passions & kaupapa that we are involved in.

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Indigenous Optometry

I presented to the LIOEN ‘Leaders in Indigenous Optometry Education Network’ today and I gained some awesome kōrero and insight from the Indigenous speakers such as Professor Gregory Phillips, Renata Watene – Māori Optometrist, Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker and Shannon Davis – first Aboriginal woman Optometrist. Greg opened by asking “How did we care for ourContinue reading “Indigenous Optometry”

Leadership for good.

Teah. In Greek the mythological Thea (Teah) was Greek goddess of light and mother of the sun; moon and dawn. Hmmm I will take that. I am passionate in a gritty kind of way, a mix of passion and perseverance, about the continued advancement of Māori and Indigenous peoples, and see it as an honourContinue reading “Leadership for good.”


Whau Mau!

Don’t miss out, stay updated with the latest inspirational ideas & whakaaro.

Where do you draw inspiration and motivation from? I am heavily influenced by my whānau, friends and my mahi. As a kaupapa Māori researcher/evaluator I’m always working on hauora, oranga, wairua and mauri.

What fills you up?

After near burnout a year ago I hold onto this knowing as it guides me in the decisions I make everyday. To say “ae/yes” or “kao/no”. If I have a choice. Once you become aware what fills you up then make sure thats an integral part of your day.

Tawatihitihi o te Rawhitiroa – giving māmā a kiss

When asked by my tamariki what I do – I described that I catch stories, from the people that I meet and connect with through interviews, wānanga and readings. This picture is one such story that is important to me, it holds the mana, humour, aroha and whānau that grounds me in everything that I do. My Papa and his Dad before him were workers of the land. Farmers, gardeners, and hunters. My Nan and Pa brought their own farm on the Mata Road between Tolaga Bay and Tokomaru Bay.

My Dad in this picture by the stallions head and my Uncle Toihou Tukaki to the left grew up and worked on our farm Bremner Station. Working on the farm was hard to say the least, they had to innovate, engineer and create their own resources, tools and kai. And this way of living speaks volumes in this picture as my Pa is getting ready to take cut the balls off the stallion, something usually done by a visiting vet. Nothing much fazed my whānau then, we could do it ourselves and even do a better job than the ‘man’. I take this knowing with me – “I can cut the balls off any stallion that comes my way”.


One of my idols Dr Manulani Aluli Meyer. I resonate with this quote on many levels. I have come to ‘understand’ by doing and sharing. Part of my liberated understanding is listening, with my minds eye, heart and puku.


Catching stories is a privilege but telling them is such a skill. It takes skills to hold peoples attention, imagination, emotions and connect in ways that go beyond words that are spoken.


Who am I? I am Hinemoana. I am the goddess of the open sea and the tides. I care for the ocean life. I help guide explorers.






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