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A deeply moving and eloquent conversation

Opinion Piece

Kia ora ki a koe Glenis Philip-Barbara, Te Ha Trust general manager, for organising the thought-provoking Awkward Conversations series held at Smash Palace in August in the lead-up to Tuia 250 ki Turanga.

What a superb series of interviews by Alex Perrottet, Radio NZ, now available online for those who missed the occasion at: www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/awkward-conversations

I’d like to tautoko Dr Jill Chrisp and Karen Johansen particularly for their deeply moving, eloquent and respectful conversation about acknowledging and talking through the very different histories of their families in Turanganui-a-Kiwa — of meeting in the middle, crossing the divide of race and culture, shaking things up to settle them down and create a fresh and positive attitude to their life and work; without forgetting everything that makes them who they are (aired September 9).

Paula Renouf