Hikina te kōmau, kia pūkauri ai te ahi: Lift the ashes so the fire can burn strong

Voting and representation are widely considered to be indicative of a politically engaged citizenry. However, Māori understandings of political participation are multifaceted and vary amongst hapū and iwi (ancestral groupings). Despite, colonial attempts to dismiss and restrict our participation we remain relentless in revisioning our spaces and reasserting our place as the local authorities. This interactive workshop draws on the re-searcher’s exploration of who we are and what our roles and responsibilities are as active and contributing hapū and iwi members.