MULTI-NESIANS: Lady Shaka
'MULTI-NESIANS’’ is a series of conversations around race, identity and mixed cultural upbringings in Aotearoa.
There are strong intersects of many Pasifika, Asian, Maori, Melanesian and Palagi cultures across these stories, emphasising our Oceanic connectedness and shared DNA, as well as our differences in the new cosmopolitan Moana.
8 Kiwi -Pacific 3rd generation millennials share the ways in which they express their generations identities and issues.
EPISODE 8 - Lady Shaka
Maori / Tahitian / Tokelau / Samoan / Cape Verde
"For me it's all about having the best of both worlds you know? I was predominantly raised in Te Reo maori, so I went to maori schooling but I never forgot that I was Pasifika as well, I never forgot that I had Afro Pacific heritage.
For me it's like not only do I get to go to Te Matatini o te ra and get up & do a haka tautoko, but I also get to go to Pasifika, or I get to go to Samoa and you know when you go to the islands or lands that you come from and you feel that energy ... it's something that you can't even explain.
The fact that I get to belong to so many different places and have so many family members from all parts of the world ... for me that's really beautiful."