Have you ever worked on something for so long it seems like it might never arrive – like an overdue baby that’s got to come out sometime right? My friends and I – Rachel and Ali have been working hard / shapeshifting in the background to get this publication live. And now it is! AndContinue reading “Shapeshifting in the Journal of Critical Psychology”
Category Archives: Hauora
Tāne te Waiora
Mens health Week 2021 I have a Rockstar pāpā (dad) who is the kaumātua of the shearing sheds, who cuts up mutton faster than he can smoke a cigarette – I know cause he does it at the same time! He’s hearty, oldskool, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it kinda fulla and can usuallyContinue reading “Tāne te Waiora”
Understanding is LIFE
One of my idols Dr Manulani Aluli Meyer. I resonate with this quote on many levels. I have come to ‘understand’ by doing and sharing. Part of my liberated understanding is listening, with my minds eye, heart and puku. #consciouspuku
What fills you up?
After near burnout a year ago I hold onto this knowing as it guides me in the decisions I make everyday. To say “ae/yes” or “kao/no”. If I have a choice. Once you become aware what fills you up then make sure thats an integral part of your day. #consciouspuku
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”
8,000 burpees for Movember!
In support of Movember, an annual event raising awareness for men’s mental health. I was part of a roopū that were challenged to burpee the height of Mt Everest, which is over 8,000 burpees in one week. The goal of the challenge is to burpee the height of Mt Everest, which is exactly 8,848m tall.Continue reading “8,000 burpees for Movember!”
I presented to the LIOEN ‘Leaders in Indigenous Optometry Education Network’ today and I gained some awesome kōrero and insight from the Indigenous speakers such as Professor Gregory Phillips, Renata Watene – Māori Optometrist, Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker and Shannon Davis – first Aboriginal woman Optometrist. Greg opened by asking “How did we care for ourContinue reading “Indigenous Optometry”
Leadership for good.
Teah. In Greek the mythological Thea (Teah) was Greek goddess of light and mother of the sun; moon and dawn. Hmmm I will take that. I am passionate in a gritty kind of way, a mix of passion and perseverance, about the continued advancement of Māori and Indigenous peoples, and see it as an honourContinue reading “Leadership for good.”
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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. What motivates me? I am passionateContinue reading “Gritty – Passion & Perseverance”
Indigenous Peoples Day (Everyday!)
Hei ngā kāwai nui, hei ngā kāwai roa, o ngā wai whakatere taniwha, o ngā wai pou ngā hoe, o ngā Mātua tīpuna, otira, o ngā toka tū whenua, o ngā Maunga kōrero, nei a Ngā Pou Mana e mihi atu ana i raro i te maru o IAHA Tena koutou katoa, E rere atuContinue reading “Indigenous Peoples Day (Everyday!)”
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”
No more butts whānau!
In celebration of World Smokefree Day 31st May 2020 our wee whānau put together this video. Ever since I was little I tried to get mum and dad to give up. I hated being stuck in the car with them the smoke used to sting my eyes. Then I ended up joining in for aContinue reading “No more butts whānau!”
Transforming Health Literacy
Come on a journey with me, watch my art transform darkness into form. Turn your world upside down and unpack what it means to decolonise our ways of being. Lets start with reclaiming what is ours – health literacy – a space for Māori to be ourselves; a space that is negotiated, adaptive and shaped byContinue reading “Transforming Health Literacy”
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”
Kia haumaru te noho!
We wanted to share our whānau message of creating safe practices when our whānau arrive home from mahi – essential workers on the frontline. #nohokitekainga #kiahaumarutenoho #COVID #URUTA #COVID_19Indigenous_World We were inspired as pāpā comes home from mahi and follows these easy steps to keep us safe in our wee bubble. We had lots of fun making this video.Continue reading “Kia haumaru te noho!”
Healing our Spirits
Gawuwi gamarda Healing Our Spirits Worldwide. We met on the country of the Cadigal peoples of the Eora Nation. The conference brought together Indigenous peoples from around the world to gather and celebrate the power of our knowledge and our wisdom, to share our stories, truths, histories with pride and purpose and to embrace spirit.Continue reading “Healing our Spirits”