element: tia

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Message from Tia:

It’s been just over a year since I returned from Papua New Guinea Global Forest Rescue Campaign and it feels like yesterday.
Since working with the local tribes in PNG- sharing food, traditions and stories – my views have broadened to more of an Indigenous Unity direction.

Because of the issues affecting the indigenous people (Maori) here in Aotearoa/ New Zealand, I’ve gotten involved in an organisation called Conscious Collaborations.

Our vision is to collaborate with other NGO’s creating Global Networks, so that indigenous peoples from around the world can share struggles, victories, strategies, arts… all the things that make us unique to our lands.
By doing this we can create a stronger voice and empower people to move forward in their campaigns… and just be there to support each other in each others’ fight for our lands and resources.

One thing I strongly remember from my time in Papua New Guinea was warning the local tribes about colonisation, corporate theft, government confiscation and privatisation of lands and resources: the things that Maori people in Aotearoa/ New Zealand have already experienced and are now fighting to reclaim.

I hope that from our example the people of Papua New Guinea will not go down the same road.

Peace love and indigenous global solidarity


With thanks to Greenpeace: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/

and to Pitch Black and Salmonella Dub for the music:



and to Serena Stevenson for the footage of Tia’s moko session:

Tia’s Element relates to:
Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability