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I am drawn to details. I am drawn to the story, in whatever form, design or pattern that might be. As an indigenous woman of colour with heritage trails roaming the world, rooted to the land of Aotearoa New Zealand, my stories will always be filtered through this lens: researcher … photographer … wordsmith … because as one of my favourite authors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells us, there is NEVER a single story.

I started my working life cleaning the floors of a city hospital. I did that in more than one country. I have been a some-times policy analyst, academic, researcher, writer, community psychologist, adviser, volunteer and consultant. Today I live in a small seaside town on the west coast of Te-Ika -a-Maui (I can never understand why we would not want to use this officially sanctioned name instead of the all-time-creative ‘North’ Island), where I can feel the palpitating black volcanic sand under my feet every day. The ocean, on or near, is the place I love to be more than anywhere else. An explorer at heart, my feet have touched the earth and water in many amazing places, although there are so many more to still experience.