Gender fluidity and sexual diversity was an accepted part of Māori and Pacific societies before colonisation.

This episode is about Takatāpui | LGBTQIA+, and how pre-colonial understanding of gender and sexuality can help people with their identities today.

We talk to Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, who authored some of the first major research on the acceptance of takatāpui people, and Shaneel Lal, a 19-year-old advocate for the LGBTQIA+ communities who is trying to get conversion therapy banned.

This episode was produced by Kayne Ngātokowha Peters and Anna Harcourt and edited by Richard Wills.


Watch the Takatāpui video here and read the article here.

Made with support from NZ on Air.