Spending so much time outside as a child allowed me to wonder, play and imagine. As an adult te tai ao – the environment provides me with many things. It grounds me, blows my hurt away, swirls all around me and makes me feel like my emotion is manageable.
What motivates me?
I am passionate in a gritty kind of way (a mix of passion and perseverance) about the continued advancement of Indigenous peoples, and see it as an honour and responsibility to contribute to solutions that build mana motuhake (self-determination).
My view on hauroa (health and wellbeing) is that it is an all-encompassing way of being, not necessarily the goal or end game. It is part of the pathway towards Indigenous emancipation. So I see my contribution towards change in roles that play through art, writing, academia, and most importantly being a māmā.
Working in the health sector, allows me the space to be innovative, creative and transformational. It helps that my mahi is diverse; every day is different and I’m surrounded by inspiring, motivated people who are passionate about a future for our mokomokomokopuna.
I believe that everything and anything Māori and Indigenous is good for everyone, particularly for health and the environment.