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. ...

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 ...

2 mins

My heart bleeds…

I’ve been wondering for the last hour or so if I should put this up and it maybe the fatigue making the decision for me, but here it goes. My first job in Social Work was working at the Activity Centre with the proverbial “at risk” rangatahi. A job that really shaped who I am ...

2 mins

HERITAGE

Yesterday I heard a person say some very specific things against Maori people. Making statements like that if you gave Maori an inch then it is probable they would take the whole mile. It’s kind of ironic that this is exactly how Maori land loss occurred, but I’ll save that point for another day because ...

3 mins

Thank you to those who supported me!

  I ACTUALLY wrote a letter congratulating someone else because I didn’t think I won it. I really didn’t. Any time anyone would ask, I would say: “I think I’m in the top three, I’m confident that I’ll be in the top three.” Which I guess is still true.Thank you. Thank you is all I ...

5 mins

Gisborne Herald Father’s Day article Sept 2013

DAD ON DECK   Father’s Day is tomorrow, and in honour of all the blokes out there doing the hard and happy yards with or without a partner, Louise Hegarty caught up with Josh Wharehinga and his tribe . . .    Josh Wharehinga is a hard man to catch. Between his role as academic ...