//081 Deirdre Nehua, poet + social activist

August 17, 2021

Deirdre Nehua (Ngātiwai / Ngāti Hao) has spent most of her life working for positive change for ngāi Māori, challenging the racism and inequities thrust upon our communities as a result of colonisation. She is also a writer and poet. 

From her involvement in the Maori Land March and land occupations of the 70s, 80s and 90s, to working in prisons, reputedly becoming the first CEO to wear moko kauae and, travelling the world to exchange indigenous knowledge with other first nations people, she has fit a lot of life into her 7 decades.

In this episode we kōrero. About everything. She shares her experiences growing up in whangaruru, to the moment in her life she became most politicised. She shares with us her poetry that she describes as Indigenous erotica, and reminds us that you’re never too old to enjoy sex. 

When I look at the world today, and all the things that we were jumping up and down for 30, 40, even 50 years ago, I think we’re in good hands. Because when I look at the leaders who are coming forward, they are all women. I love it. 

Deirdre Nehua NUKU blog

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