Stolen Land and Healing Historic Trauma

Te Wharepora Hou

This is a Guest Blog by Awhina Cameron Chief Executive of Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki based on her Opening Korero at the Spring Taranaki Community Circle, 7th September 2016,  New Plymouth District Council Chambers, New Plymouth.

“E kore e pōuri tonu,
Waitara e mamae nei i te wā i mua a rā
e tū te hunga rīriki
me tōna raukura hei tohu ki te ao, hei!”

When I sat down to write my korero today, I was struck by the glaringly obvious parallels between what I do, the work we do at Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki on an organisation level, and what is currently going-on on a community and collective level between hapu, iwi and the various governing bodies of this land.

Every day we at Tu Tama are engaged in the therapeutic process of addressing abuse, neglect, dysfunction, chaos and crisis that stems from violence and the…

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Amber Nicholson

Amber Nicholson (Ngāruahine) BMD (AUT), BCom(Hons), PhD Candidate Amber is a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland Business School (UABS); researcher at the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development; on the exec committee of the UABS Ngā Taniwha Māori Alumni network; and moonlights as a bartender and social butterfly. Her current doctoral research 'Arohia ngā tapuwae o ngā tūpuna: Heed the footprints of the ancestors' looks at Māori spirituality within business, specifically how the energy of ancestral landscapes shape business (or something). She completed a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours in 2012 titled 'A Takarangi of Well-being: An Ambicultural Approach to Business and Economics'.

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