Recommended pukapuka (books), articles, and lit literature to expand ideas, knowledge and perspective.

He Hoaka blog – Kim McBreen

Kim is one of my most favourite writers. She puts really quite complex (and traumatic) ideas really simply and clearly and with a dusting of humor. It’s a very thoughtful and Māori way of writing. Her subjects include supportive restorative justice, takatāpui issues, adoption and whāngai, and perspectives on colonisation generally.

Moko kauae

An article detailing the book on Ariana Tikao’s moko kauae journey.

Indigenous reo

Cool perspective on learning from other indigenous peoples, forming those indigenous connections and how we can take inspiration from other indigenous peoples:

The Mana Wahine Reader Vols 1 and 2

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The mana wahine readers vols 1 and 2  are compilations of writing that I return to again and again. Def recommended if you are keen to understand wāhine Māori thought, concepts and roles (spoiler alert, kaupapa wāhine Māori is hella multi-faceted). I think I approach these texts in a very Māori way. Dip in, absorb and return for clarification and better understanding. Knowledge is a journey, not something you attain, discard, and move on.

The Honour Project

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Inspired by the OG Native American Honor Project exploring wellness and wellbeing in American Indian and Alaska Native two-spirit communities, the Honour Project Aotearoa investigates health and wellbeing of takatāpui/Māori LGBTQI-plus communities. Along with this report, there are videographic interviews with some of the participants available online (

Infinite Threads, by Mariko B Ryan

Based on mātauranga from transcripts left by the author’s tīpuna. Beautifully potent prose full of knowledge, insights and epiphanies:

An interview with the author (who’s pen name is a pseudonym):

I love James Nokise’s take on things. Here’s an article he wrote about one of our best and most underrated cricketers. Brown greatness in one of the whitest of sports:

Despite the name, Ngā Tamatoa were heavily populated by wāhine. Very strong wāhine:

I love the intersect between mātauranga Māori and science. Ever since studying under the profound Dr Ocean Mercier, I appreciate how these two realms of knowledge can be complimentary, while being uniquely distinct:

How to Loiter in a Turf War, by Coco Solid

An interview with Coco on the book:

Imagining Decolonisation: a collection of epiphany-inducing essays

Stepping Up: Covid-19 checkpoints and rangatiratanga, by Maria Bargh and Luke Fitzmaurice

Stepping Up: COVID-19 Checkpoints and Rangatiratanga