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“If I had my life over again, I would do the same thing.”
Whaea Mereana Stubbings 

From a child that is brought up with the reo, and going to school as a five year old, my cousin was my teacher, when we left home holding hands, we would korero Māori to each other and as I got in the gate it had to stop.

When I got home after school we weren’t allowed to speak Pākehā, we had to go back into the reo. The theory of my father at that time was, it’s only six hours of the day that you go to kura, but once you leave the gate at school “huri koe ki to reo.” 

In standard two, you were strapped for slipping up at times, and I’d done something that I was reprimanded for, and I remember this word to this day, she called me a little shite. My Pākehā school teacher. And of course it was a new word for me, I didn’t know what it meant, and I went home to my grandmother: “he kupu hou ...


By Haze White

Back in June the Wai Research team submitted an abstract for the Catalyst of Health project entitled ‘Te Haerenga Roa o Urban Whanau - Capturing Catalysts of Hauora’ to be considered for inclusion  in the 7th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference 2016 (IIRC 2016), hosted by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga on 15-18 November 2016 in Auckland. 


This submission was successful and was a massive achievement for the Wai Research team, but more importantly was a testament to the power of our whānau stories.


The Catalyst of Health project looked at the determinants of health and wellbeing of West Auckland whānau in the last 30 years. We interviewed 25 whānau whose stories provided massive insight into the evolution of successful Urban Māori. Many whānau attributed a big part of their ...

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