Meet Katrina Malisha Aho also known as Hurricane Katrina by her fellow Divas.
She is a young, brown, trans registered nurse strutting the wards of Auckland City Hospital. Before this, she attended De La Salle College and for all of her years there was part of the school’s legendary fa’afafine collective ‘The Divas’. As confident as a Tongan aunty dancing along to a tau’olunga, Kat’s trans identity forms her success.
"It's hard for a very traditional cultural family to understand, being transgender you see yourself as a female, you orientate your way of life and way of being as a female, and being Leiti you're just feminine, that's it you're a feminine man" - Katrina
You can listen the Akanuanua Podcast with Katrina here: