Words from on the hill

Kia ora everyone

I promised myself that this weekend I would write something for the web site. I said last year that I was going to write lots. Then the words dried up. I thought it was because I had nothing to say, but only recently, I have realised it actually was a word/feeling logjam. Every time I figured something out, new things would crash in, events in the world, things going on in my own life, challenges, and I would get ‘lost’ making sense of the new, trying to work out how to skilfully add it meaningfully to the ‘old’.

I took some time out over the holidays, during this break, a colleague died suddenly, someone I liked and drew significant inspiration. (His death was an event/shock that leads introspection, to a going deep inside, a search for meaning. Well it did for me.) As a result I have realised that the torrents of ‘water/events’, are not going to stop. It’s a chaotic rapidly changing time on planet earth, it’s the new real and all of us are going to need how to keep healthy, caring for the planet and clear, in heart and spirit, fighting for justice and chance and challenging those who wish us harm and silence.

Today in Aotearoa New Zealand its Waitangi Day, in America super bowl, and somehow today Mr Trump rang our prime minister…. I hold all that alongside the wonderful facts that in the last two weeks… we have had more positive visibility and exposure on intersex than at ANY other time. Thank you interACT and 29-Year-Old Supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele, the MANY stories about you have been truly inspirational! THAT combined with the focus in this current issue of National Geographic…. Amongst all the fear and despondency, sense of dread some real HOPE and positivity.

While all this was going on ITANZ has made a new submission to the U.N. We will provide the link to the submission as soon as it is available. I want to thank Aych for pulling our report together. Aych is the ITANZ Human Rights intern and last year travelled to Geneva on a scholarship to learn about the U.N.  Aych will be writing some more here soon about that experience…

As this year unfolds, please look after yourself. It is an important time to be looking after each other and ourselves. If you find yourself with words and you want to share – please write.

More coming soon….

Ngā mihi

Mani

Care for the land, care for people, go forward
Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua