–– Which women do you find inspiring in your life, and why?
Papatuanuku inspires me, she has presented us with her beautiful Earth and all of her Taonga. I am daily grateful for the abundance she supplies for us to live fully. I think there’s something very important in our bare feet on the earth. Like a charging station.
Another inspiration would have to be Hineahuone the first woman in Māori cosmology. She was made by Tane, the eldest son of Papatuanuku. Made from his semen mixed with the clay of his mother’s body. Tane has domain over the forest and growth. The trees are Tane’s seeds and then he made the first woman. There’s a lot to unpack in Māori cosmology but it takes you to some very profound intelligence.