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

Being the Change

Te Papa Tupu attend the National Writers Forum in Auckland.L-R: Shilo Kino, Jacquie McRae (Shilo's mentor), Cassie Hart, Hone Rata, Ataria Rangipikitia SharmanPhoto supplied by Shilo. I was fifteen when I first met Maya Angelou. Imagine my surprise. I was so used to reading books from authors who were white, and here I was reading … Continue reading Being the Change

The Hardest Thing About Being a Writer

I packed my bags, hopped into my orange Nissan and I drove. A picturesque town where locals walk around in jandals holding surfboards all year round was waiting for me. My new home. The opposite from the big city lights of Auckland. Paradise. And yet it was chaos. Finding a new home. Changing jobs. Adjusting … Continue reading The Hardest Thing About Being a Writer

What it Means to be a Māori Writer

Shilo Kino with Patricia Grace and Robyn Bargh at the Pikihuia Awards in 2013. Don't call me a Māori writer. I am a writer who is Māori. Yeah, there’s a difference. I tell stories. Stories I hope will shape perspective. Give life more meaning. And as cliche as it sounds, provide a voice for the … Continue reading What it Means to be a Māori Writer