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, […]
Category: The Maori Experience
A New Indigenous Order: My Thoughts on the Chaos of the U.S Election and Trump Aftermath.
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 […]
Wahine Toa Leadership Conference and the Strange American Tie.
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 […]
The Ugly Reflection in the Mirror: Why Indigenous People are Not Looked At.
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 […]
Maori and the Next-Level Meditation!
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 […]
The Great Māori Shame Legacy
As Māori, we don’t deal well with shame or whakamā. Yet, our people are riddled with it. Whakamā impacts our social, spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. It sits at the birthing place for our addictions, […]
A Mauri Assault: A Kuia’s Lesson in Dealing With Haters
Recently I read some belittling and demeaning comments with regards to where I had questioned another authors integrity. It caused a nerve with quite a few (non-Māori), who were then spurred on to write blogs, react […]
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 […]