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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds I think possible paths to healing and having some form of reconciliation would be acknowledging the truth of what happened, and not just one truth, not just the this idea that winners write history. I think, perhaps, like, there should be more kind of repatriation of land.

Skip to 0 minutes and 31 seconds Sovereignty, giving us back our– reclaiming, and taking back, and demanding our resources, and the power to manage those resources, and our āina. We are struggling and hurting people because of Captain Cook’s voyage throughout time. James Cook and his imperial flunkies are not the only ones who took to the sea. My kupuna, the kupuna of my kin throughout Oceania, we are wayfinders. We are voyagers. We know this moana so intimately. The world needs to recognise the depth of knowledge we carry.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds The world needs to understand kuleana and that we of the Pacific, we of Oceania not only have the right to tell our own histories, to tell our own stories, but also that, when we do, it is powerful, and it is rooted to our island.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 seconds We need to decolonize our heroes, nana e ke kumu.

Skip to 1 minute and 51 seconds I think reconciliation is one, everyone’s own journey. But at the same time, New Zealanders, Māori, Pākehā alike should never forget what happened. And we should ensure that it never happens again. We have to live in the now. So that means loving each other no matter what. I think that our history should be focused on a lot more. And I think that would be a good first step to acknowledging what has happened. And then maybe future generations can sort of grow on that and then say, OK, what’s the next step. What can we do to make it a brighter, more positive future for everyone?


Members of the Pacific community talk again in this video artwork from Invisible Dust, this time about possible pathways to reconciliation.

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