Ballroom culture has just celebrated 10 years in Aotearoa.
“It’s made everything even more deep and meaningful. You’re carrying an ocean inside you.”
“When they step into that realm, they feel a shift, a movement in the wairua.”
“The people back home, who built this whare, you can still feel to this day.”
Ohinga spent a day campaigning - and bowling - with National's Tama Potaka.
Ohinga spent a day on the trail with Te Pāti Māori candidate Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke.
Ohinga spent a day on the trail with Green Party Wellington Central candidate Tamatha Paul.
Arena Williams won her first electorate seat in in 2014 at the age of 24.
"A town committed to nurturing its language, its people, and its vibrant culture."
“Knowing who you are, where you come from and who you represent is pretty important.”
“I may be the first but bring on the many young ones that will now follow.”
“My advice to young Māori is not to put your eggs all in one basket."
“Anything to do with our culture, I love seeing it.”
“This is our birthright, Tangihanga is a birthright for Māori."
Mātātoa is the first Māori language CrossFit event in the country.
“My advice for those dealing with family with dementia , I would say just to practice patience”
"Matariki serves as a unifying force, bringing people from all walks of life together."
Traditionally men have led the karakia for hautapu.
“Tātatau is so important to me because it’s something I don’t just wear, but it’s something I live.”
“The thing that I don’t agree with is that Māori have to have a last name, that is wrong”.
"If people do not use the Hawai’ian language, it will cease to exist."
Wāhine Māori are 1.4 times more likely to die from breast cancer than non - Māori.
Irene Tawa is the first person in her whānau to graduate from college and managed to do it abroad.
“ I didn’t choose brick laying, brick laying chose me.”
Māori can get 14 seats if all Maori choose Māori.
“It’s a dance, it’s a song and it talks about who we are as Hawai’i”.
From the Auckland floods to Cyclone Gabrielle, Aotearoa has been hit hard by extreme weather events.
“ Just like riding horses and going hunting, and yeah…feel like I’m a Māori”
“The colonial system that we all live under is affecting all of us.”
Aotearoa History to be implemented in the school curriculum.
“What’s the point in being successful if you can’t help people along the way?”
“This has been a long time coming for me to this Te Matatini”