Part of the Bargain: the Right to Write

A few months ago, I was commissioned to write a review of an exhibition at my local art gallery. The kaupapa was women’s suffrage through whakaaro Māori (a Māori lens). It was titled 'Māreikura'.  Mareikura (verb) nobly born female.(noun) an order of female supernatural beings corresponding to the male whatukura. I was both excited by and apprehensive about … Continue reading Part of the Bargain: the Right to Write

Why I Travelled Eight Hours in a Car to See a Lady I Don’t Know

'These are no ordinary watersWe are not ordinary beneficiaries. We are kaitiaki in the truest sense.We are tangata whenua.Anything that upsets these waters or interferes with their flow should never be permitted.' Ron Wihongi, Ngawha Kaitiaki (1924–2016) My flatmate gave me a strange look as I opened the car door. ‘Why are you going there … Continue reading Why I Travelled Eight Hours in a Car to See a Lady I Don’t Know