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Hauora Māori foundations: Latest developments

Friday 10 February 2017

Hauora Māori – latest developments is an innovative programme for experienced public health practitioners who need to extend their knowledge, skills and experience in Māori public health. It is also suitable for those new to Māori public health who want to experience some of the key issues and challenges facing Māori and public health kaupapa in the 21st century. This programme will be delivered as conversational style sessions with 30-minute presentation and facilitated discussion between speakers and those in attendance. Emphasis is given to the latest developments in addressing health inequities through Treaty activism and law; who the ‘public’ are and need to be in Māori public health discourse; understanding the foundational values of Hauora Māori to inform our practices; Māori and indigenous sovereignty in the 21st century; data sovereignty; resistance movements in the Pacific; challenges to state control over Māori children. The programme ends with a specific focus in developing the skills of practitioners/students and anyone engaged in working with Māori, whānau, hapū and iwi including examining our own ‘implicit biases’ and assumptions we unknowingly make in our work as well as decolonisation and re-indigenization of our practices.

The day ends with a community based event on working to address violence in our communities with international keynote and distinguished guests Marai Larasi, OBE, Founder and Director of Imkaan, UK-based human rights organisation that supports thousands of black and minority ethnic women’s groups (BME) to end violence against women and girls (VAWG), Usufonoimanū Pesetā Betty Siō who has a long and distinguished role of establishing family violence prevention organisations in Pasifika communities of Aotearoa for over thirty years; and Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho, lead author of the Mauriora Framework for the prevention of whānau violence. The evening event will be posted in community forums and all registrants for summer school will receive advice of the venue by email.

Topics covered  

Foundational values of Hauora Māori

  • Re-thinking how we frame Māori public health as ‘Māori’ or ‘whānau, hapū, iwi or both. Who are the population(s) that we work with?
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori/Indigenous Sovereignty challenges in the 21st century – what role for public health
  • Data sovereignty
  • Political activism and resistance movements in the Pacific
  • Hands off our tamariki – resisting the state control of Māori children

Professional Development Skills Sessions

  • Doing no harm – averting human rights violations in our practices by learning how to practice mindfulness in our daily practice and learning about the interaction between personal and political domains of practice
  • Decolonisation and re-indigenisation – models of practice including Treaty awareness and biculturalism, structural analysis and reclaiming our uniqueness as practitioners in Aotearoa

The entire emphasis of this course is designed to support and equip you to become more effective public health practitioners by considering the larger social justice framing of issues afflicting Māori communities, whānau, hapū and iwi. This includes some of the more controversial issues and challenges faced in public health professional practice in a supportive and non-threatening environment.

Style of course

In this course, you will hear from leading experts in Māori speak about the latest developments in Hauora Māori. The local, national, regional and international landscape of indigenous public health is changing . You will have opportunity to discuss and debate issues and to meet with speakers during break times. This course is designed to be interactive.

Who should attend?  

The course is designed for staff in Māori health organisations and services, Māori health units in District Health Boards and those with responsibility for Māori health programmes and services, public health units, non-government health organisations policy analysts and advisors, local government and social justice advocates. University students would also benefit from this introduction to Māori public health especially if studying in health sciences, psychology, Māori and related subjects that have Māori wellbeing and social justice as the focus. Iwi, hapū and whānau members would also benefit from this course.

By the end of this course participants should have knowledge of:
Critical foundations of Hauora Māori, the current political landscape within which we practice and impacts of national, regional and global activism, data sovereignty, critical issues of whanau versus state control of tamariki Māori;

Critical and improved skills concerning mindfulness, political awareness, self-reflection and critical self-appraisal of our professional public health practices with Māori and other indigenous and minority populations.

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration
9am Karakia/Mihi Whakatau/Pānui Drs Ron Ngata and Keri Lawson-Te Aho (Convenor)

Opening Keynote: Tikanga Māori, Te Reo Māori, Kāranga Whakapapa, Whenua, Wairua, Mauri and Hauora Māori

Rethinking Māori Public Health – Recognising Māori Cultural and Political Structures in Public Health

Kaumātua Raiha Gray/Moe Milne

Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho

10:30am Morning tea

Treaties made and Treaties broken - Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori/indigenous sovereignty challenges in the 21st century – what role for public health?

Data Sovereignty – implications for public health

Kaumātua Moana Jackson/Māmari Stephens/Marama Fox

Dr Tahu Kukutai


Lunch break and book launch

Launch of Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy: Tātaihono – Stories of Māori Healing and Psychiatry by Kaumātua and Cultural Therapist Wiremu Niania; Dr Allister Bush and David Epston. Copies of the book will be available for sale at a reduced rate

Kaumātua Wiremu Niania, Dr Allister Bush
1.15pm Quick update - Rheumatic Fever prevention research in Māori communities in the Eastern Bay of Plenty – current and future directions Dr John Malcolm

Te Moana-nui-ā-kiwa what joins us, not what divides us –resistance movements and political activism in the Pacific – what role for public health?

Hands off our Tamariki: Resisting the State Control of Māori Children

Tina Ngata (via Zoom)/Sina Brown-Davis/India Logan-Riley/ Te Ao Pritchard/Kassie Hartendorp/ Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho and others, summary Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho

Paora Crawford Moyle/ Kaumātua Moana Jackson

3.30pm Afternoon tea
3.35pm Quick update Māori suicide prevention and the Tūramarama declaration – where to from here? Mike King, Michael Naera, Te Pae Fitzell and Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho

Public Health Professional Practice with Māori

Doing no harm - racism, privilege, homophobia, xenophobia and all the phobias……averting human rights violations through growing our understanding of diversity

Decolonisation and Re-indigenisation – setting a dual agenda

Motivational session with rangatahi Māori (separate session)


Dr Huhana Hickey/Sophie Ritihia Tauhara

Paora Crawford Moyle/Annie Joass/Keri Lawson-Te Aho/open forum

Mike King and others

5.30pm - 6.30pm Working to address domestic violence amongst Māori and Pacific Island families in Aotearoa/NZ and Black Minority Ethnic communities in the United Kingdom – Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre Wellington School of Medicine, followed by supper Marai Larasi (United Kingdom); Usufonoimanū Pesetā Betty Siō (Samoa) Paora Crawford-Moyle, Keri Lawson-Te Aho, Tafa Esther Cowley-Malcolm, Rāmona Tiatia

Teaching staff  

  • Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho, PhD (Behavioural Psychology) Convenor is a lecturer and researcher in Māori Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. She has a PhD in Psychology from the Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington. Her political and research interests include indigenous rights, self-determination and population based health and mental health. Keri is a former Fulbright Scholar and was a Research Fellow with the East West Center in Hawai’i. This included research and policy placements with the Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore Maryland; the Indian Health Services in Rockville, Maryland, the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley and the Center for American Indian Research at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Keri has a background of 30 years in Hauora Māori and has been at the forefront of major developments in Hauora Māori from the mid 1980’s such as Whānau Ora; Māori Development Organisations; hapū and iwi development and most of the major Māori public health initiatives. Alongside Professor John Broughton, she was a recipient of the inaugural Dr John McLeod Memorial Scholarship for outstanding contributions to Māori public health. She is a member of the International Taskforce of Indigenous Psychologists; Society of American Indian Psychologists and International Human Dignity network, a twice nominated Nobel Peace Prize group of social justice activists dedicated to the prevention of human suffering and the promotion of global peace. She supports environmental activism in the Pacific through movements including the Pacific Panther network and Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific and is also a strong supporter of the rights of LGBTIQ/Takatāpui whānau especially rangatahi, supporting their political priorities and actions through movements and organisations such as No Pride in Prisons. Keri has been teaching at the Wellington School of Medicine for 6 years.
  • Kaumātua Raiha Gray Raiha Gray remembers growing up and hearing her elders use the term he manu tioriori. The term referred to a woman of times past who was knowledgeable in reciting oral narratives and genealogy that was unfamiliar to many. Raiha has routinely supported Kiingitanga events in her role as a Ngaati Maahanga kuia over the past 30 years. Raiha also lectures in waiata mōteatea and manu tioriori/kaikaranga community classes.
  • Kaumātua Moe Milne Moe grew up in Matawaia, Northland surrounded by a large whānau and the stories of Kawiti (Rangatira o Ngāti Hine). Her mother was a registered nurse and was well known in the rohe for caring for many whanaunga. Moe completed her schooling at Northland College, where she met a dear friend, a poet with mental illness who inspired Moe to explore the mechanics of the brain as a young teenager. Moe first trained at psychopaedic hospital in Mangere, Auckland as a young adult, and then went onto Ngāwhatu Hospital (Nelson) to commence her formal training as a Psychiatric Nurse. There she, with other Māori established a kapa haka roopu of patients and staff which competed in and won various competitions. Moe went onto to nurse at Kingseat Hospital in rural South Auckland where she worked with Dr Fraser Mc Donald, and first met June and Nelson Wahanui. Moe spent some time in Scotland in the mid 1970’s where treatments for patients were developing, she returned to Aotearoa, and nursed at Carrington Hospital in Auckland. At the end of 1980, Moe decided a new journey and returned home to Matawaia, where she trained as a teacher. With her heart still in mental health, Moe began to break new ground in Aotearoa in regard to improving status of Māori, this would be her mantra for the following three decades in varying ways. For example, as Kaiwhakahaere for the Health and Disability Commissioner, Moe was integral in embedding the code of rights and developing advance directives for users of health services. Moe also completed Ngā Tikanga Tōtika: Guidelines for Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Services as an outcome from the first national consultation with Māori regarding mental health. Moe continues to be active in contributing to and ensuring high quality services are available for whānau, at all levels – locally, regionally and nationally. Moe is known for her stance on Te Reo me ona Tikanga, and has promoted Te Ao Māori perspective in mental health services, Māori workforce development, Māori health research, and Whānau Ora, being to the forefront in the development of many new initiatives.
  • Kaumātua Moana Jackson is a New Zealand Māori lawyer specialising in Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional issues. Jackson is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou descent. He is Director of Ngā Kaiwhakamarama I Ngā Ture (the Māori Legal Service) which he co-founded in 1987. He graduated in Law and Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington, and after a short period in practice took up the teaching of Maori language. He then undertook further study in the United States before returning to New Zealand to conduct research for the then Justice Department report on the Māori and the criminal justice system, He Whaipaanga Hou. His report was published in 1988. He has also worked extensively overseas on international indigenous issues, particularly the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He was a judge on the International Tribunal of Indigenous Rights in Hawaii in 1993 and again in Canada in 1995. He was also counsel for the Bougainville Interim Government during the Bougainville peace process. Moana was a vocal critic of the government's foreshore and seabed legislation in 2004. He was also a vocal critic of the October 2007 police 'terror' raids. He resigned as patron of the Police Recruit Wing 244 due to his opposition to how the raids were conducted saying "I do not buy that this was a racially-neutral act". He is also quoted as saying "Those who take power unjustly defend it with injustice." He teaches in the Māori Law and Philosophy degree programme at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
  • Marama Fox is the Co-leader of the Māori Party and list MP based in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, elected in the 2014 General Election. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Marama worked for 26 years in the education sector; at the grassroots level in the classrooms, working her way up eventually becoming Principal, before working for the Ministry of Education as an advisor. Marama has taken on the role as advocate for indigenous rights in the New Zealand Parliament, following in the footsteps of not only her predecessors, Hon Dame Tariana Turia and Hon Sir Pita Sharples, founding Co-leaders of the Maori Party, but also from those who have advocated kaupapa Māori over the numerous decades to attain the array of Māori initiatives supporting Māori.
  • Māmari Stephens: After some years working in the Department of Corrections and Māori broadcasting Māmari completed an MA (Distinction) in Classical Studies, BA (Hons), and an LLB (Hons) at Victoria University. She then spent three and a half years at Russell McVeagh in Wellington working in the Māori legal team in the Corporate Advisory Group, latterly concentrating on ACC law. Māmari has been with the Faculty of Law at Victoria University since January 2006 and, with Assistant Professor Mary Boyce of the University of Hawai'i, run the Legal Māori Project. The outputs of this project are available free online at Her primary research interests are law and language, Māori and the New Zealand legal system, and social security law. She is currently working on a social security law textbook to be published by Thomson Reuters. This book is also being supported by a grant from the Law Foundation. Māmari is married to Maynard Gilgen and has two sons, Te Rangihuia, Havelund and a daughter, Jessica-Lee Ngātaiotehauauru. Her personal blog sparrowhawk/kārearea is available on
  • Dr Tahu Kukutai Associate Professor BA(Hons) M SocSc Waikato, MA, PhD Stanford. Tahu specialises in Māori and Indigenous population research and leads the NIDEA research programme Te Para One E Tū Mai Nei: Māori and indigenous futures. Her research spans a broad range of population topics from iwi /tribal demography and indigenous data sovereignty, to Māori-migrant relations and the impacts of colonisation on Indigenous health. She has undertaken commissioned work for numerous iwi entities, Māori organisations, and government policy agencies. Much of her research uses mixed methods and involves working with other social scientists in Aotearoa and internationally. Current projects include: Counting our Tūpuna: Colonisation and indigenous survivorship in Aotearoa NZ (Marsden Fund); Indigenous data sovereignty: Enduring aspirations in a digital age (Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga); Indigenous health in transition (Swedish Research Council, PI: AProf. Per Axelsson); and Capturing the diversity dividend in Aotearoa New Zealand (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: PI: Prof. Jacques Poot & Prof. Paul Spoonley). In addition to her work in Māori and Indigenous demography, Tahu leads the Ethnicity Counts? project which studies how governments around the world count and classify populations by ethnic-racial criteria and citizenship status. She has published widely on this topic, as well as on census methodologies, with Dr Victor Thompson (Rider University, USA). They are currently writing a book examining how and why state practices of ethnic-racial and civic enumeration have changed over the past 30 years.
  • Paora Crawford Moyle is of Ngāti Porou and a social work practitioner of twenty-five years. She brings with her a wealth of experience ranging from children's to adult services and from frontline to management both in Aotearoa and the United Kingdom. Paora is committed to Maori advancement and contributes to this through providing kaupapa Māori supervision to social service practitioners. Paora is also completing her PhD that explores the experiences of Maori families being transacted through the family group conference (FGC) in Aotearoa New Zealand. More recently she has been travelling around the country speaking to groups about the benefits of decolonising ourselves and NZ social work.
  • Annie Joass has worked in the field of Social Work for over 25 years specializing in Mental Health for much of that time both in Aotearoa NZ and Australia. Currently employed as a Social Services Tutor in Northland Annie is also a Treaty of Waitangi educator committed to challenging and motivating people and institutions to do better in both their understanding and practice of bi-cultural social service delivery.
  • Dr Huhana Hickey is both a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at AUT, Aotearoa, New Zealand. She is a scholar of disabilities research and legal theory and is noted for the breadth of her cross-disciplinary research. Huhana has a long standing interest in the human rights of people from marginal backgrounds and the consequences of discrimination and social oppression. Her work with the United Nations Adhoc group prior to the signing of the UNCRPD has led to indigenous people with disabilities being included within the preamble of the convention in that one of Huhana goal’s is to increase the knowledge of indigenous peoples with disabilities along with increasing their profile and inclusion in all levels of society. Huhana believes that it is the right of every human being regardless of gender, age ethnicity, ability or (dis)ability to be equal in this world.
  • Sophie Ritihia Tauhara is of Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Hine whakapapa. Co-Director of Pūkenga Consultancy she has a keen interest in disability and takataapui rights. Sophie is an assessor for the Te Whakawaiora cultural competency training course currently being run by Te Roopu Waiora Trust.
  • Marai Larasi, MBE Marai is the Director of Imkaan, a UK-based human rights national organisation that supports thousands of black and minority ethnic women’s groups (BME) to end violence against women and girls (VAWG). In 2010, Marai was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her work on ending gender violence within marginalised groups. As Co-Chair of End Violence Against Women Coalition, which is the UK’s largest network of VAWG organisations, Marai was the co-author of the report for the United Nations Expert Group on Preventing Violence Against Women & Girls. The report was presented at the annual Convention on the Status of Women (CSW) United Nations meeting in New York on March 2013. Marai has published commentaries on the complex issues associated to rape and domestic violence, and how these are linked to other forms of racist and religious hate crimes experienced by women and girls within ethnic minorities.
  • Usufonoimanū Pesetā Betty Siō Betty has a long and distinguished record of establishing specialist family violence prevention organisations within the Pasifika communities of Aotearoa/New Zealand for over 30 years. Her Pacific representation on several ministerial advisory groups and local trust boards have included the Pacific Advisory Group for the Ministry of Social Development, the NGO Ministerial Advisory Group for Social Services, the National Family Safety Teams Steering Group, Waitakere CFYs Care and Protection Resource Panel, Ta Pasefika PHO and the Tauiwi Chair of the National Collective of Independent Womens’ Refuges. In 2011, Betty was awarded the Queens Service Order for services to Pacific communities. Because of her expertise in sexual family violence, Betty was invited as a guest speaker and panellist of the International Network to Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Coalition co-chaired by Marai Larasi (see above) with several international speaking engagements in South Africa, London, Mexico, New York, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
  • Tafa Dr Esther Cowley Malcolm –has a background in health, tertiary teaching, Pacific development management and governance. She chaired the Pacific development and conservation trust, is a past member of The Health Research Council of NZ and Medical Laboratory Science Board of NZ, past National secretary for PACIFICA Inco and past President of PACIFICA Auckland Central Branch. Her current work involves facilitating and training Alternatives to Violence Project workshops - locally, nationally and internationally and delivering seminars and workshops for Brainwave Trust Aotearoa: Critical Early years and Adolescents (Transition from Childhood to adulthood). Last year she produced in collaboration with a team of experts, an animated app called ‘Play Kindly’- an intervention tool for Pacific parents to address conflict issues with very young children. Esther is committed to building peaceful and equitable communities where all people especially women and children feel safe and secure. She also carries the matai title of Tafa from her birth village Pata, Falelatai in Samoa.
  • India Logan-Riley (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga) works in many different areas across the multiple communities she is a part of. With a background in archaeology and anthropology, India has worked in museum spaces focussing on pre-colonial history, cultural sovereignty and taonga care. More recently, India has been conducting her activism in the climate justice space, incorporating kōrero on tino rangatiratanga and eco-feminism. Having the privilege of attending the UN climate talks in ‘15 and ‘16, working in the Pacific team as a part of the Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus, India is now channeling her learning into growing the resilience and adaptability amongst rangatahi Māori to take on the intersectional challenges that we have both inherited and will be facing in the future.
  • Dr John Malcolm is a well-respected and much loved Paediatrican currently based at the EBOPDHB. His years of dedicated service and selfless commitment to address the high levels of childhood illnesses including rheumatic fever, in Māori communities in Rotorua and the Eastern Bay of Plenty is widely recognised by local Māori communities, his Māori patients and his professional colleagues. A Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics at the University of Otago and Auckland University medical schools, Dr Malcolm received the Auckland University Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award in 2012. As an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Otago and Auckland universities he is involved in undergraduate curriculum development and teaching, as well as supervision and mentoring medical students. He is Senior Paediatrician at the Whakatāne Hospital and was awarded the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Rural and Remote Medal in 2015.
  • Mike King has for years been known as the iconic Kiwi entertainer but that role has changed dramatically since the conception of his hugely popular radio show 'The Nutters Club'. The show evolved from Mike’s own experience of mental illness and addiction and has become a huge success. The aim of the show is to ‘forever change the way people feel, think, talk and behave in relation to mental health’. These days Mike is better known for his work as a prominent mental health educator and motivational speaker with the work he does under his charity and with his conference speaking. Mike's aim is to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting a positive social change.
  • Michael Naera is a project leader in Rotorua for Kia Piki te Ora, the Ministry of Health’s national Māori suicide prevention programme. He sees himself as a translator between the clinician and the Maori world. Michael has made significant contributions for improving mental health services and suicide prevention strategies and activities for Māori across Aotearoa. He sat on the Te Waka Hourua Advisory Group; Te Whakauruora Reference Group; the Outcomes Framework Advisory for Ministry of Health; and Hinetitama Research Project Advisory. Michael was also one of the co-coordinators for the 2015 National Suicide Prevention Conference and the World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference for 2016.
  • Te Pae Fitzell has been at the Rūnanga for nearly two years as a Suicide Prevention Project Leader. She is passionate about her role and the importance of whānau wellbeing. As one of the co-ordinators of the National Suicide Prevention Conference 2015 and the World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference 2016 she believes that our identity, culture and traditions are the key for our wellbeing for Māori suicide prevention. Te Pae is passionate about the success and potential of our rangatahi and also works alongside Youth Advisory Group, 2morrows Rangatira.
  • Sina Brown-Davis Sina Brown-Davis Nō Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara, Tonga and Samoa. Sina has been involved in activism for over 20years and is an Indigenous Anarchist. She is an active grassroots and online activist. Sina has been involved in COP meetings and attended the Copenhagen and Paris meeting in 2015. Sina is also a prison abolitionist, and is actively involved with Pacific Panther Network with the recent actions focusing on Waitangi Wananga including a Climate Change workshop. Sina lived in Australia for over 16 years and worked in solidarity for Aboriginal rights and campaigned against globalisation in the Pacific. She believes in challenging the status quo and encouraging others to stand up for their rights and against injustice.
  • Te Ao Pritchard is Ngāti Kahu, Ngāphui, Ngāti Hine, Vaigaga & Aleisa, Samoa. TeAo was raised South Auckland and has recently returned after 17 years raising her twins in Te Papaioea ~ Palmerston North. TeAo says her ‘non-conscious active participation in activism began at 5yrs old when she fought to be called by her Māori name, throughout her schooling years’. TeAo conscious participation and learnings in Activism came during her University years, as Tumuaki of Ngā Tauira Māori, member of Te Kawau Maro and involvement with Conscious Collaborations. In 2007 TeAo co-founded Palmy Panther (PP), a regional activist group, to educate and conscientise people during the Terrorist Raids period. PP went on to support, mentor, coach and grow others individuals and groups in their ‘Activism’. In 2016 PP hosted Pacific Activism in Aotearoa Fono. Inspired by the Polynesian Panther Party the Pacific Panther Network (PPN) a network of affiliated collectives, with a focus on communities of colour in Aotearoa, was formed. TeAo was privileged to attend the 3rd meeting of the Popular Movements co-hosted with the Pontifical Council of Justice & Peace and Pope Francis, in Rome to discuss “The three Ls: Labour, Lodgings and Land”; care for nature; and migrants and refugees. TeAo is passionate about enhancing rangatiratanga and Kotahitanga ~ Solidarity amongst our Māori, Pasifika & P.O.C activist peoples.
  • Tina Ngata (by zoom) hails from the tribal nation of Ngāti Porou. She works for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa as a diploma- and degree-level educator in indigenous environmental leadership. She blogs underneath the name "The Non-Plastic Māori" about issues relating to indigenous rights and environmental issues. Her primary areas of activity revolve around indigenous wellbeing (primarily through environmental wellbeing and connection) and indigenous resistance to militarization. As an environmentalist and indigenous rights advocate, she made a trip to New York last year to speak at the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues. She questioned Ms Clark’s ability to stand up for indigenous rights as secretary general, pointing out that when in government Ms Clark did not sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, labelling it “divisive and unimplementable”.
  • Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) was born in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) and grew up in Upper Hutt and Whanganui. Kassie has been actively engaged in grassroots activism and political projects since a teenager, and is passionate about decolonisation and anti-capitalism in the context of Te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa. Her day job is as a youth worker in Central Wellington, and works mostly with sexuality and gender diverse young people. She has been a part of various collectives and projects to provide space for non-Pākehā narratives of gender and sexuality. She is currently working with others on an urban marae project to connect local communities of colour with the whenua, with each other, and with tools and learnings for effective resistance.

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