Article Title:Aunty Wai - a very personal tribute
Author or Credit:Jordan Harris
Published on:1st October 2013 - 10:47 am
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Story ID:13988
Text:Whaea Wai, Nanny Wai, Aunty Wai, regardless of what people called her, she was known as the grandmother of all people. I first met her when I was 16 years old; lost, homeless and throwing my life away. She showed me that my life was important, that I had a place on this land and that I was loved. Over the years, I have seen her do the same to many others who came out after me. Aunty Wai always stood for inclusion and acceptance. She fell in love with our colourful diverse community and we fell in love with her.  Aunty Wai was involved with the NZAF for over 20 years.  As an AIDS Awareness Advocate, she saw a need, she saw a community who needed love and support, at a time when there was little. She never missed a Big Gay Out and could often be seen sitting amongst the crowds watching the stage.  Aunty Wai liked herself a show and tomorrow night our communities will be performing for her one more time.   The NZ AIDS Foundation will be taking our community onto the marae, everyone is welcome, meet at Te Unga Waka Marae 1 Clyde Street, Epsom, Auckland, 5.30pm Tuesday 01 October. E te mareikura haere atu ra kei runga i nga parirau o nga manu kaitiaki ki tua o te arai. Moe mai e te Whaea Aunty Wai, i nga ringaringa o to tatou matua o te rangi. E moe, e mie, e moe. - Jordan Harris. Project Manager Community Engagement and Kaiarahi for the NZ AIDS Foundation.     Jordan Harris - 1st October 2013
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