Julie Paama-Pengelly describes herself as a practitioner of political identity activism through the teachings and practice of mahi toi, predominantly Tā moko.
Rebecca Davis is a change agent, and Stevie Davis – Tana is a powerful spoken word poet and youth worker. The mother-daughter duo are creating impactful change right across Aotearoa.
The full time artist is a bark cloth maker and currently living in Turanga (Gisborne). Her Aute pieces are adorned with celestial patterns, combining ancestral knowledge of Kapa and star navigation.
In this episode Aqui shares the reality of being an indigenous Indian woman, of growing up in a militarised neighbourhood, the rules around when and how people can gather, and the truths of the tea plantations in her home area of Darjeeling.
Chelsea Winstanley (Ngāti Ranginui) is a filmmaker. She directed the documentary Tame Iti: The man behind the moko, and co-directed Waru, the heart-wrenching film about child abuse, made by 8 Māori female directors.
Melissa Robinson-Cole is of Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Kahu descent. She is a full-time artist and designer, and is also a staunch advocate for body positivity. Lissy, as she likes to be known, is also a walking bubble of joy, it’s a feeling she is passionate about, going as far as covering her car in fluro/neon crochet for an art project #JoyRide – spreading joy, quite literally, around town.