You don’t get into indigenous research without asking yourself the BIG life questions such as, why am I here? So why am I here? I’m here for two reasons;
- To lift our indigenous economies through research and knowledge development
- To have global conversations and suss out what everyone else is doing and share what we are doing.
Sounds very noble, doesn’t it? Sounds like I am saving the world. But before you get too impressed by my nobility, it’s best I check you into reality. At this stage, my head is down and I’m mostly trying to learn and acquire tools to see me through to the end of a PhD. I’m building up my kete (basket) of knowledge, which is a little empty at the moment (but its slowly starting to fill up!). The other thing I’m learning to deal with is managing uncertainty. Which in this field is a given, because our job is to try and create certainty where there is none. We shine light on dark areas. And unfortunately there are a lot of dark areas that need our light in our indigenous communities. And before all of that, I have to navigate getting through day to day life of making a living, feeding kids, paying bills and being a good whanau (family) member. These two things – PhD and family, take up 99% of my time. And sometimes, only sometimes for that 1% of me that’s left, I put my superhero cape on and place my thoughts to saving the world.