The Quest to End Maori Poverty and Violence


I am the master of my fate, I am the Captain of my soul

One of the reasons I started this blog is my concern for Maori poverty and violence, especially against children. My objective of this blog is to bring more people who are like minded, towards me and together.

I’m going to use this space to express some of my thinking around the causes and how I view we can start to transform out of these cycles. One of my methods is for us is to really start understanding the depths of our experiences.

Tumanako: Hope

Mamae: Grief

Whakama: Shame

Maia: Courage

Riri: Anger

Aroha: Love

Do we really know what these are? Do we really understand how they drive behavior? These are such powerful drivers of human behavior, we sometimes don’t even know we are being driven by them (me included). The reason they are powerful is because they are essentially there to teach us how to survive. They can be innate, instinctual reactions to survive. We all develop survival strategies on how to navigate our lives. Some Maori have been given some pretty awful blueprints on how to navigate their way through life. And when you come from a history where there were those who tried to murder your culture, or the essence of who you are, you start to understand its source.

I figure if we really know ourselves, we can start to help others understand themselves.

So we are going to go deep, so if you cant handle deep, this blog might not be for you.  I don’t have all the answers, and I myself am far from perfect, but I do encourage you to get involved with this conversation and we try to figure it out. So I invite you to come on this journey with me and explore the depths of the Maori experience.

So lets do this people, we got this!

You can join this conversation by following this blog at the bottom of this page.

For more deepness (but its not all deep), you can read some of my poetry at: Keedy Marmye:


Photo Credit: Maori children. Pascoe, John Dobree, 1908-1972 :Photographic albums, prints and negatives. Ref: 1/4-068133-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.