I often see well-meaning non-Indigenous who are trying to help with Indigenous cause. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of this blog, I want to frame it with this poignant, yet beautifully sad story and a lesson from a butterfly. … Continue reading Stop stealing our Indigenous struggle: A guide for the non-Indigenous Supporter
Politics and its commentary can be a platform of the most immature and puerile expressions of human behaviour. It is dominated with huge amounts of energy towards bringing ‘other’ parties and people down. It is rife with ‘othering’. Othering is … Continue reading Othering Ourselves: When Maori Attack Maori
Thinking of both my grandfathers this morning and how now, after spending 6 months reading trauma literature, what it must of been like on their return. On my mums side (North Island Maori), my grandfather was blown up in battle … Continue reading ANZAC Day: Let’s Talk About Trauma
So on one beautiful Sunday arvo in downtown Auckland, I was out having a couple of catch-up beers with the cuz, when we unexpectedly got talking to a Pakeha, let’s call him Joe. In his late thirties, living in a predominantly Pakeha … Continue reading Pakeha Anger: Why Do They get Mad at Maori?
I felt slightly sick when I heard Trump would be the next American president. I have deliberately over the last 12 months tried to make no mention of the circus known as the American Election because I didn’t want to give … Continue reading A New Indigenous Order: My Thoughts on the Chaos of the U.S Election and Trump Aftermath.
In my line of work I attend many conferences, most of which I struggle with because presentations are often unoriginal ideas and conversations are just cliché dialogues. I don’t usually go to gender specific conferences either and while at my … Continue reading Wahine Toa Leadership Conference and the Strange American Tie.
People don’t look at each other enough, and don’t make enough effort to understand diversity,m which would help them to accept that there are multiple and many ways to live and be in this world. Understanding other peoples and cultures can … Continue reading The Ugly Reflection in the Mirror: Why Indigenous People are Not Looked At.
I’ve always been struck by how the tools promoted to achieve meditative states seem quite foreign to a Maori way of being. To pull yourself away from everyone, to be alone, to be on you own, to be without anyone, always seemed … Continue reading Maori and the Next-Level Meditation!