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Whānau Āniwaniwa Hui

Audio from the Whānau Āniwaniwa Hui held on Wednesday 14 June 2023 at Hannah Playhouse, Wellington. The event was an opportunity for the takatāpui and QTBIPOC creative community of Te Whanganui-a-Tara to come together and share stories. Special thanks to the organisers and participants for allowing the hui to be recorded and shared.

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  • 0:00:01 - Rangimoana Taylor (Ngāti Porou)
  • 0:02:09 - Kevin Haunui (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Āti Hau, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Ūenuku, Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe)
  • 0:02:48 - Waiata
  • 0:03:40 - Jaimie Waititi (Te Whānau a Apanui, Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi), facilitator
  • 0:07:34 - Rangimoana Taylor
  • 0:12:48 - Jaimie Waititi
  • 0:17:24 - Shawn Wimalaratne, Adhikaa Aotearoa
  • 0:19:20 - Jaimie Waititi
  • 0:20:31 - Louie Zalk-Neale (Ngāi Te Rangi, Pākehā)
  • 0:23:00 - Kevin Haunui, Tīwhanawhana
  • 0:26:48 - Matt Tini (Waikato, Ngaati Tiipa, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu)
  • 0:30:58 - Jaimie Waititi
  • 0:33:25 - Neke Moa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu/Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa)
  • 0:00:01 - Paula Conroy (Taranaki)
  • 0:43:45 - Rangimoana Taylor
  • 0:46:45 - Jaimie Waititi
  • 0:48:54 - Louie Zalk-Neale
  • 0:52:34 - Shawn Wimalaratne
  • 1:00:00 - Kevin Haunui
  • 1:05:50 - Closing


During the hui, participants expressed the multifaceted nature of their identities, intertwining their sexuality, artistic practices, and cultural heritage. Art and waiata emerged as significant mediums for storytelling, identity expression, and challenging societal constructs. The participants detailed their personal journeys through art, highlighting their struggles and the ways in which they channel these experiences into their creative work. The narratives included accounts of survival from harmful conversion practices, reclaiming Māoritanga, and using creativity as a means of communication and resistance.

The hui featured robust discussions on identity, with themes centered around the shaping and reshaping of self-perception and the roles of atua in informing and representing various aspects of identity. Highlighted was the importance of te reo in articulating the nuances of takatāpui identities and experiences distinct from broader interpretations of LGBTQ+ identities.

The conversation confronted the challenges posed by traditional societal narratives, such as those stemming from religious perspectives, and demonstrated the participants' resilience in the face of opposition. They engaged critically with texts and narratives, shining a light on the selective responsiveness of society towards LGBTQ+ communities, and utilized their lived experiences as a source of empowerment and advocacy.

Throughout the event, the presenters also emphasized the power of community and collective action. They discussed the value in creating spaces for intergenerational connection, support, and acknowledgment of shared histories, both within and outside of Māori culture.

Closing the session, there was a call for future opportunities to foster stronger community bonds and advance inclusion through art, storytelling, and shared experiences. The hui was recognized as just the beginning, with aspirations to continue building and strengthening narratives and networks in support of Takatāpui communities.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

Record date:14th June 2023
Location:Hannah Playhouse, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004719).