All those being culturally responsive and appropriate please sit down!

In my experience, what works is research and evaluative practices that allow Indigenous issues, concerns, ways of understanding and practice to be placed at the centre. In particular, research should focus on strengthening whānau health and wellbeing that is context-sensitive, promotes social justice and enhances the life circumstances of community. I would like to seeContinue reading “All those being culturally responsive and appropriate please sit down!”

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”

Whakarongo

Whakarongo – Whatumanawa – To listen with our minds eye – logic Whakarongo – Manawa – To listen with our hearts – emotional Whakarongo – Pūmanawa – listen with your puku- intuition  I spoke at Auckland University a few months ago and Im pleased that the word is spreading. Kia Ora Dr Matire Harwood

Insight into my practice

This painting is a representation of my mātauranga. It shows the mahi, kaupapa, training and skills that I have been gifted to share with ao-mārama – our world. I acknowledge and honour the lens in which each of us may look at this peitatanga (painting). Just as I regard legitimate knowledge as context specific andContinue reading “Insight into my practice”

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!”

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”

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”