I will go back to the state of race relations in our country when I was growing up. My mom was acutely aware because of the opinions she heard about Māori. To anybody else, she was a white woman. She overheard a lot of comments.
I am a scientist. I did my PhD, and I love new innovations. I love looking at new ways of doing things. What is the current research? What can we do with hidden costs commercialized things? Actually taking an idea, technology, and turning it into a product or a service that people can use and make a difference.
As a Pacific person we really do move through these spaces or in our career knowing that we are part of a collective. What that means is the notions of our ancestors. For us, we totally use in contemporary life. Those things include what we call Vā. Vā is recognizing the relational space between people and objects. When there is a disturbance, they are Vā for us; we deal with it by saying we make sure that we pick up on those cues.
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.
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