“I want to see our whare full.” To see our whanaunga not debilitated by being home. To see our marae full of life, instead of only seeing it at tangi.
The big black dog has been following me around since my recent move to Kirikiriroa, Hamilton. And this trip... boy has my anxiety grown in the lead up to this trip. I think it is important to talk to my experience of being Maori... of not knowing my language... the insecurities..the anxiety that I feel..share it, and grow from it.
Heading to New York, has drawn me into reflection about our tūrangawaewae as tangata whenua in Aotearoa, as well as my own place to stand – on this unbelievable haerenga.
Applications are now open for our first ever delegation to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Applications are due midnight, Sunday 4 March 2018.