September 26, 2019

This is the story of Tracie Mahia

Everyone knew everyone else in the town where I grew up - life was slow, easy and familiar. I was the youngest girl in a large family and my parents were well known.

My parents were quite progressive and hospitable, we were the first in...

September 10, 2019

"People are searching for a stronger person to connect with. "

Karen Gerrie has lived in Porirua for most of her life, this is her story.

"I have never heard my parents tell me that they love me or are proud of me. But in their own way, I’m sure they do. During my c...

August 29, 2019

This is Te Manu Heke's story.

“I was just another broken child in a broken generational cycle of poverty and pain.”

I grew up, in and out of Respite Care, and spent time in a Boys’ home in the Hawkes Bay. I never experienced living with two parents. I was raised by a sol...

August 12, 2019

This is the story of Grant Douglas.

Memories have Teeth

My memory of my father was when he made me stand in the garage and watch him put a shotgun to his head; then he blew himself away.

I remember the smell of the shot and the sight of his body. There was so much blood....

July 17, 2019

I am Billy #kingkorewha. I am a game changer.

How it was

I come from gangsters. I’m named after my Dad. He was a founding member of one of the first Black Power chapters in the Pukekohe area in the 1970’s.

My childhood was lonely – I had five older brothers and one sister...

July 17, 2019

Marijuana.

I remember when I was young, noticing how Mum and Dad would take themselves away after dinner time. They’d go down to the wash house and close the hallway door; we weren’t allowed to go down there.

“I remember being in 3rd form, and wagging school one day to g...

June 24, 2019

In Rachael Taylor's opinion, Oranga Tamariki is a corrupt system, "they have no soul. No mana. No integrity in what they do."

This is her story.

Trauma.

My time in the system began December 21, 2016 when my three children were forcibly uplifted from my care. The experienc...

The story of Isabelle Apulu.

My earliest memory is standing alone, staring at a window, wearing nothing but a nappy. I had been taken by my birth mother and placed into a Church run children’s home in Manurewa when I was 3 years old. I stayed at the home until I was 7.

I...

This is Tiffany Lowrie's Story.

Before Destiny

I lived my life in shallow conversations and dressed myself and my family in money and success. Appearances were very important to me and I didn’t like weakness in myself.

I deliberately hid my hurt and dysfunction and used t...

This is the story of Mark Lowrie.

I can still remember the sound of my Stepfather’s fist smashing into my mother’s face. I can still hear the cries and screams. My heart still beats faster when I remember having to hide and care for my younger siblings while Mum and Dad...

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Physical Address: 25 Druces Rd , Wiri, Auckland 2104

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