Letter worth sharing – beating hatred

Dear Huhana and Kāhu o te Rangi Yesterday, 15/3/2019 nearly a hundred people were shot in two mosques in Christchurch. So far 49 have died. Huhana, you only asked one question, what’s a gunshot wound?  They were shot because of their religion and race. There’s been a lot of talk about racism not being something […]

Letter worth sharing – Don’t Be A Lemming

A lot of people you love have struggled with alcohol, I never thought I was one of them. But it’s been five months since I had a drink, and I realise now that I had never been in control of my relationship with drinking.
Not being in control of that relationship can mean different things for different people: sometimes wasted days hungover, sometimes sickness, jail, depression, sometimes death. So this is an important letter for you both.

Last week I saw a counsellor – Letters worth sharing

Dear Huhana and Kāhu,   I hope by the time you’re reading this, these two pictures about staying alive and healthy will be just as cool as each other.         I visited a counsellor last week. I’m sure a lot of other people did too, I hope they did. But while Instagram […]

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 […]

Letter to daughter: Hold your loved ones close

Dear Huhana and Kāhu,   Last night I dreamed my Grandad Ray (your Great Grandfather), had passed away. In the dream, my phone rang.   “Hello?’ “Hey,” Mum said, “Grandad’s died.” Three words.  I felt my stomach drop, but Mum sounded so composed. No surprise really. Her, the toughest woman I know.   “OK, I’m on my […]