Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato will be featuring an afternoon of poetry and short stories from across Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa in celebration of Mana Wahine. Mana Wahine as inspiration includes waahine/taane/nonbinary and explores our abundant potential to love. Love as decolonial action and a celebration of feminine strength and fluidity.
Kelly Joseph (Ngāti Maniapoto)
Benny Marama (Rarotaongan Māori)
Taongahuia Maxwell (Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Uekaha)
Maree Mills (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, the Wrights of South Shields, England and Clan Gunn of the Scottish highlands)
Hinewirangi Kohu-morgan (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Tauranga Moana)
Te Inuwai Nathan (Taranki,Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Porou, Te Aupōuri)
Essa May Ranapiri (Ngāti Wehi Wehi, Ngāti Takatāpui, Clan Gunn)
Mere Taito (Rotuman Islander)
Alice Te Punga Sommerville (Te Ātiawa, Taranaki)
Nālani Wilson-hokowhitu (Kanaka Maoli)
and Aroha Yates-smith (Te Arawa, Tainui, Horouta, Takitimu, Mataatua).
Image: Toi Tuu te Whenua, Whatu Ngarongaro te Tangata: People Come and Go but the Land Remains, Regan Balzer, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.