Kai and kōrero

Kia ora and warm Pacific greetings!  On Thursday 31st May the first Kai and Kōrero event of 2018 will be held in Auckland and I encourage any Maori and Pasifika practitioners, workers or supporters with a strong interest in career development, education, social services, or health and wellbeing, to come and join us. So what…

I have type 2 diabetes. A bittersweet tale.

I have type 2 diabetes.  There.  I’ve said it. Since the start of the year, I was diagnosed with diabetes and it came as a real shock;  “Isn’t it the condition that unhealthy people get?” I remember thinking at the time. Diabetes was the thing I used to joke about.  After downing a big piece…

Kaboom! Pow! Bang!

Much like Batman in his quest to overthrow absurdly named villains, I have been been actively punching and kicking for the past 19(!) years. I was first introduced to shadowboxing classes back in 1999, when I accompanied my sister and brother-in-law to the Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pool and Leisure Centre in Mangere.  They raved on about this…

I ♥ Humans of South Auckland

JOY.  Finding out you are expecting your own baby after years of fostering children. SORROW.  Wishing you spent more time with your dad before he passed away. RESILIENCE.  Coping with teasing and taunts, and turning them into poetic ambition. URGENCY.  Making every previous moment count with a sickly child. PRIDE.  Embracing your faith and empowering…

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Why did the chicken cross the road?  To help you reflect and ponder your existence.  Okay… more on that later. Last Saturday I took my mum and partner to Ngā Tohu o Uenuku (Mangere Arts Centre) to see the fantastic new play Still Life with Chickens by Samoan writer D.F. Mamea.  The slice-of-life story focuses on…

March Madness

The beginning of March is arguably the busiest time of the year… people are back (albeit reluctantly) at work, school kids are parading around in crisp new uniforms, uni students are frantically flocking to lectures, trains and buses are packing in people like sardines, and roads are clogged like a blocked drain.  Yup, March Madness…

Life is precious

Wow.  Only one month into 2018 and it’s already felt like a period of learning and introspection. January was full of the usual summer frivolity; beach, sun, eating copious amounts of watermelon, and contemplating whether or not to switch on the air-conditioning. But then a couple of things happened that made me step back and…

A ship named Pearl

  Last year I blogged about my experience cruising through the Pacific Ocean.  What I totally forgot about was the poem I wrote during my cruise and I stumbled across it today.  I wrote a limerick containing 20(!) verses, all describing the cruise ship journey.  It was amazing to see how easy and natural it…

Pacific pride in Aotearoa

As a child of Pacific heritage growing up in 1980s/90s New Zealand, I can honestly say that a diverse range of Pacific role-models was not obvious or well-known.  High profile role models tended to come from the sporting arena; Michael Jones, Jimmy ‘Thunder’ Peau, Rita Fatialofa, Olo Brown, Ana Noovao, Pat Lam to name a…

Welcome back to work!

Today is my first day back at work, which also coincides with the predicted weather bomb set to hit New Zealand.  When I peer outside the skies are a dull concrete colour and the rain is lashing the pavements.  I notice people scuttling past with their umbrellas screaming as they bend in the wind.  Cars…