When the British came, they brought a treaty with them and we signed it because we liked what it said. It said we were going to remain who we were. We were going to be able to hold our customs and our language. It was all lies.
Nowadays there are a lot of people using words like co-design. I remember when I did my first co-design master class. It was a three-day workshop, and I sort of slipped away. I had to find another Pacific person saying, “Isn’t this just what we do normally, or?” “That's what it is?” I was like, okay! I'm doing okay.
So before my baby’s 21st, I wanted to learn how to weave what Māori called a korowai, which is a traditional figured cloak. They are worn these days in special moments, for instance, graduation from university or a 21st birthday.
As part of impactmania’s Women of Impact series, we are traveling to New Zealand in November 2019. A number of the women from the program will meet their peers for cultural exchange and to create economic opportunities and partnerships. The [...]
I have been one of the people, who when an envelope arrived in my letterbox, I put it in a jar and put a lid on it. Because I had no money, I could not pay any bills. I knew I was getting deeper and deeper in debt, but there was absolutely nothing I could do about it.
“The U.S. Consulate is committed to supporting programs that educate and empower women and girls. impactmania’s Women of Impact provides a powerful platform for women to share their stories with their peers and with the public in an effort to celebrate their work and inspire us all. We’re excited to help connect impressive women from the United States and New Zealand and shine a light on their successes.” – Katelyn Choe, Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Auckland, New Zealand.