7 mins

self love and self forgiveness

For a long time I’ve hated myself. For as long as I can remember. I blamed myself for not being able to protect my siblings growing up. I blamed myself for the abuses they suffered. Not being able to stop the hidings, not protecting them at school from discriminatory teachers. I should have done more. ...

3 mins

What’s going on in Council – June 17 (bonus)

Firstly, congratulations to Tim Marshall and the Tauawhi team for the success of the Tairawhiti Men’s Awards held on Friday night. I was honoured to be nominated at the first Men’s awards and have enjoyed attending many since. It’s always an amazing occasion. In my opinion, the solid attendance and nominations really affirm the work ...

3 mins

What’s going on in Council – June 17

It was such an epic weekend for dance this long weekend. There was strong local representation at the Annual Braemar Competitions here in Gisborne. I saw Creative Stepz and Dancefit Studios to name a few had strong representation. East Coast Dance Crew also took two crews to compete at Project in Tauranga. At it’s essence, ...

9 mins

Dear māmā

I talk a lot.  All the time.  I talk about what it was like growing up in a gang environment.  I talk about what being a dad is; about what being a solo dad is.  I talk about local government, board representation etc etc.  I often talk about leadership and what shaped me as a ...

3 mins

What’s going on in Council – May 17

On Monday I am really looking forward to hitting the pavement with our dog control team to get a practical view on what it’s like for them as staff and see how the service is applied in the community. I’m really vocal on sensible dog control so I was really excited to be invited to ...

3 mins

What’s going on in Council – Apr 17

Council’s Future Tairawhiti meeting this Thursday looks like it’s going to be really interesting. We have a paper to endorse Gisborne Holdings Ltd implementing electric charging stations and another about potential minimum standards of property maintenance, however the main subjects I wanted to touch on are flooding, Iwi and the Long Term Plan. The recent ...

3 mins

What’s going on in Council – Mar 17

The past few weeks have been very auspicious for the East Coast; Hikurangi Pāriha made Matatini for the first time in a long time, Whangarā Mai Tāwhiti won Matatini and Te Tairāwhiti had a new Anglican bishop ordained in Bishop Don Tamihere, events that made me proud and I am sure made us all proud. ...

3 mins

What’s going on in Council – Jan 17

This week our council committees meet and there is a lot on! At Community Development a decision for Tikitiki to get a playground is on the cards. Our Tikitiki whanau have been waiting on our speedy bureaucracy to get itself sorted. It’s go time now. Let’s show the community we are action oriented and get ...

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