Insight into my practice

This painting is a representation of my mātauranga. It shows the mahi, kaupapa, training and skills that I have been gifted to share with ao-mārama – our world. I acknowledge and honour the lens in which each of us may look at this peitatanga (painting). Just as I regard legitimate knowledge as context specific andContinue reading “Insight into my practice”

The Taniwha

My first post. Identity at any meaningful level cannot be manufactured or manipulated; it is as much genetic imprint as formative experience. No matter what destructive processes we have gone through, eventually the taniwha stirs in all of us, and we can only be who we are. Merata Mita in Dennis & Bierenga, 1996, p.Continue reading “The Taniwha”

All those being culturally responsive & appropriate please sit down!

Decolonisation is about the decentering of whiteness as the owners of the world forever W.E.B. Du Bois, 1920 … even talk about cultural responsiveness and appropriateness can overlook and ignore the history of colonisation experienced by many Indigenous peoples and the consequent need to challenge racism and recognise indigenous sovereignty (Cram & Mertens, 2016). WeContinue reading “All those being culturally responsive & appropriate please sit down!”

Gritty – Passion & Perseverance

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. I believe that everything and anythingContinue reading “Gritty – Passion & Perseverance”

Feel the burn

Its been two years since my submission and it still burns. Not so much a raging fire but the embers are still hot. I wrote this poem after submitting my PhD. I watched a video on inspiring wahine. When I watched it, it sparked something in me.  She said “the world is waiting for you to setContinue reading “Feel the burn”

Ngā Pou Mana

Transforming Māori health and wellbeing through courageous Māori leadership Our voluntary work comes in different forms and at the moment most of our time is committed to Ngā Pou Mana – Tangata Whenua Allied Health. George and I are both board members. We are very proud to be part of this National Organisation that supportsContinue reading “Ngā Pou Mana”