Dear Pera, speak more Māori

Choice korero on Kāpiti tonight about giving yourself permission to speak Māori even if some people in the room don’t understand. Our children seeing and understanding Māori as normal and OK, has as big or bigger positive impact than the inconvenience factor of an audience needing to listen twice, firstly to ngā kūpu Māori (Māori […]

Books worth reading: Daily Rituals – Mason Currey

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey is definitely a book worth reading.     There is a popular notion that artists work from inspiration, that there is some strike or bolt or bubbling up of creative mojo from who knows where. But I hope my work makes it clear that waiting for inspiration is a terrible, […]

What if your failure is really your success?

Dear Huhana & Kāhu o te Rangi, Have you failed yet? Didn’t make a team you ’needed’ to be on? Wanted to build something that you were sure would be incredible, and watched it fall to pieces instead? I know it’s hard to remember at the time, but we all fail. If you learned something […]

What a Car Crash & Death Taught Me about Life & Happiness Pt.1

Dear H, This one is pretty personal and there’s a lot packed into the paragraphs, so take your time reading them. These first three letters were the hardest for me to write. But I did so instead of sitting down with you when you’re older, because it’s still easier for me to catch in writing […]

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