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

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Defining Authentic Value

On Wednesday 4th February, Teah was part of a fireside chat with the Mind Lab on Defining Authentic Value – one of the key topics on the programme Teah is on – Leading Change for Good postgrad certificate. Facilitator Saskia Verraes guides the kōrero with Teah, Martin King and Rachel Knight.

Re-claiming by re-telling

Sharing our stories is an important part of healing and giving back. I was humbled when asked to join the Te Maatanga Doctoral Network for Waikato-Tainui College for Research & Development. My doctoral journey was not the easiest but neither was my journey to get there. Without the love, encouragement and support of whānau, friendsContinue reading “Re-claiming by re-telling”

My conscious puku

Wairua We are not our body, mind and experiences we are wairua – consciousness. I see the universe as a projection of our stories, our pūrākau – a trillion stories, connected like synapses in the brain creating electric static, vibrating power to life all at once. The static projecting out every individuals perception of theirContinue reading “My conscious puku”


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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