Feel the burn

Its been two years since my submission and it still burns. Not so much a raging fire but the embers are still hot. I wrote this poem after submitting my PhD. I watched a video on inspiring wahine. When I watched it, it sparked something in me.  She said “the world is waiting for you to setContinue reading “Feel the burn”

Raranga, raranga taku takapau: hapū ora for tamariki

Our research project’s name, Raranga, raranga taku takapau: hapū ora for tamariki, comes from an ancient karakia used during the birth of Tūhuruhuru the son of Hineteiwaiwa (the atua of childbirth and te whare pora – the house of weaving). It refers to the weaving of a ceremonial whariki (mat) for birth and serves toContinue reading “Raranga, raranga taku takapau: hapū ora for tamariki”

Transforming Health Literacy

Come on a journey with me, watch my art transform darkness into form. Turn your world upside down and unpack what it means to decolonise our ways of being. Lets start with reclaiming what is ours – health literacy – a space for Māori to be ourselves; a space that is negotiated, adaptive and shaped byContinue reading “Transforming Health Literacy”

The Struggle for Ihumātao

It was a privilege to Chair the session with Pania Newton for this awesome kaupapa on Te Tiriti based futures + Anti Racism 2020. I learnt that occupation of land transformed a movement – The SOUL protest caught the attention of a nation and the world. The people came in their masses and stayed. IhumātaoContinue reading “The Struggle for Ihumātao”

Ngā Pou Mana

Transforming Māori health and wellbeing through courageous Māori leadership Our voluntary work comes in different forms and at the moment most of our time is committed to Ngā Pou Mana – Tangata Whenua Allied Health. George and I are both board members. We are very proud to be part of this National Organisation that supportsContinue reading “Ngā Pou Mana”

Kia haumaru te noho!

We wanted to share our whānau message of creating safe practices when our whānau arrive home from mahi – essential workers on the frontline. #nohokitekainga #kiahaumarutenoho #COVID #URUTA #COVID_19Indigenous_World We were inspired as pāpā comes home from mahi and follows these easy steps to keep us safe in our wee bubble. We had lots of fun making this video.Continue reading “Kia haumaru te noho!”

Re-post: Community reflections on Te Tiriti

February 6, 2019 Press Release – Hapai Te Hauora Committing to truth, committing to change: Community reflections on Te Tiriti today Over the last few weeks, Hāpai Te Hauora gathered the perspectives of those in our communities about Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We interviewed a range of people living in New Zealand about their commitmentContinue reading “Re-post: Community reflections on Te Tiriti”

Healing our Spirits

Gawuwi gamarda Healing Our Spirits Worldwide. We met on the country of the Cadigal peoples of the Eora Nation. The conference brought together Indigenous peoples from around the world to gather and celebrate the power of our knowledge and our wisdom, to share our stories, truths, histories with pride and purpose and to embrace spirit.Continue reading “Healing our Spirits”