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I am Waru. I am the abused.

Waru Reflections. DISCLAIMER: If you haven’t seen Waru then I suggest you don’t read any further, because this does contain spoilers! In part one, I am Mihi, I refer to myself as broken and fractured. This piece of writing is about how those fractures started and took root. I want to dedicate this to those ...

3 mins

What’s going on in Council – Nov 17

This past week we saw 57 kapa haka teams from around the nation descend on our piece of paradise for Te Mana Kura Tahi, the primary schools kapa haka nationals. Each team has approximately 40 students with around the same amount of parents, tutors, teachers and caregivers for support. If we include the amount of ...

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 – Oct 17

This week in council are our committee meetings. Community Development has quite a lot on it’s plate this week. We have an awesome surf sculpture at Roberts Rd on the cards, and the Wainui Lions Junior Cycle Track looking like it was be completed by December, in time for the Christmas holidays. That’s a ‘famous ...

3 mins

What’s going on in Council – Sept 17

There are no official council meetings this week however being a councillor usually means you are involved in other committees and groups on behalf of council. In this weeks column I’ll be talking about ___ I am involved in, the District Licensing Committee as Deputy Chair and the Gisborne District Sister Cities Inc. The District ...

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What’s going on in Council – Aug 17

This week is going to be an amazing week for many reasons, but my most favourite reason is the epic showing of Beauty and the Beast at the War Memorial Theatre this week. I have seen some of the costumes and talked to some of the performers and I can assure you that the show ...

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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 ...

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