A stranger in a strange land: painful lessons about belonging

There’s a reason I’m exploring identity and belonging and that reason is the fact that I was adopted at birth. This fact has in many ways shaped my life. I grew up in a Pākehā family. My parents, two brothers and their families still live in Christchurch; and for more than 26 years I have lived in Melbourne.

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He Tangata
Manawaroa Rimene

Manawaroa Rimene was born and raised in Ōtepoti, but has lived across the ditch in Brisbane for nearly 12 years now. Between being the proud mum to two whāngai children and working as a policy analyst/risk manager, she still manages to find the time for regular visits home. Earlier this year, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu returned the favour by bringing a little bit of home to Manawaroa with the Brisbane Roadshow.

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The First Voice

Liz Kereru emerges from the tumbling surf, a small figure in the endless stretch of North Canterbury horizon. Sunshine warms the crisp autumn air, catching glistening droplets as she tilts her head to smile at Ranginui.

The visual metaphor could not be stronger – mana wahine, the sacred feminine.

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

Ruminating on the content for this issue of the magazine I am left with a strong impression of anticipation of all things new – new beginnings, new thinking, and new content.

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