Marjorie | Auckland

Marjorie Blaiklock | May 2021

As a Kiwi of colonial descent over the last 10 years I have been learning about our true history and listening to Tangata Whenua through words spoken and written.
As a Kiwi of colonial descent over the last 10 years I have been learning about our true history and listening to Tangata Whenua through words spoken and written. I have grieved deeply over parts of our history, the way the Treaty has not been honoured, and the injustice and poverty I see. My racist attitudes have been replaced by a deep love for Tangata Whenua. I deeply desire a future for NZ where we work in partnership. I pray and work for this in my community. I have begun learning Te Reo and am attending a local class in my community. Learning a new language at 83 is not easy but I am making slow progress. 10 days ago I attended the Tangi for a friend and stayed on her Marae. It was a wonderful experience and I sensed a deep unity with her whanau who welcomed us so warmly.