This morning, I was sent a message from one of my girls. It was a video of her, in a kakahu, on a marae, and the matua was talking about her, but I wasn't sure what it really was. There followed a beautiful conversation, a short one, and she'd like me to tell you about … Continue reading The alchemy of love
A couple of days ago, I won a thing. It was quite a big thing, a bit of a deal. A fancy dinner it was. I had to wear a dress, and a full face of makeup. I even had an up-do. The name of this thing was Women Of Influence, and it turned out … Continue reading My Women Of Influence
A while ago, in the refuge, I met a young woman with her mum. She's 16. and when I met her she was shut down. Closed face, hardened. Staunch. Things happened, and her mum has disappeared, so she's living, with her sister, with a caregiver - a wonderful older woman, with a large family who … Continue reading Double Vision
It is my extraordinary privilege to have curated a group of people, in the last three years, I call the Aunties. Some have been involved with my refuge work from the beginning, and some are recent arrivals. Irregardless, they are all beautiful souls and I appreciate them so much. Most are met via Twitter, some … Continue reading Aunties Speak
This is not my story. It belongs to a very brave woman. It is her story of one night in her life. It's extremely graphic and may trigger you, so please be careful of yourselves. "I was feeling pretty stressed. It was Summer holidays sure, but lately I had been so … Continue reading Trigger Warning: Taking power back.
Some of you who know me well will know that one of the women I have met and come to love in the last two years has a large part of my heart. CYFS have uplifted her children twice now, and you will have to believe me when I say that she was not with … Continue reading Imbalance