War hero and Victoria Cross medal recipient Willie Apiata recently expressed in the public that he is accessing professional healing services to help him come to terms with his war trauma. “People think I’m this […]
A test for Pākeha who want to know if they are empowering Māori.
It seems like every day I’m reading blogs and social media comments by Māori, (especially our wahine), who are giving well-meaning intentioned Pākeha woman a whiplashing for when they say ‘I’m only just trying to […]
Stop stealing our Indigenous struggle: A guide for the non-Indigenous Supporter
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 […]
Othering Ourselves: When Maori Attack Maori
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 […]
Pakeha Anger: Why Do They get Mad at Maori?
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, […]
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 […]