Check out these "90 second" portraits of great changemakers we connected with during our time in this region. We'll be adding to these in the months ahead so watch this space.
Tyson Paul - Student
"My names Tyson Paul, I'm a student at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rawhiti Roa. I'm 16 years young, I play a lot of sports and do poetry only as a hobby for now. I'm originally from Matauri Bay but have been living in Whangarei for most of my life."
Tyson represented his Kura at the Te Aho Tu Roa Kotuia national event in 2010. To find out more about this awesome performing arts based programme supporting Rangatahi Maori check out this page on the Enviroschools website.
This week felt like a turning point for the Roadtrip crew. After Cape Reinga we literally turned South after 8 weeks steadily driving Northwards. With only four weeks to go on the Roadtrip our attention also started to turn towards a busy time ahead and the completion of our journey.
Our week in Northland started with a trip to Whangarei and a meeting with an awesome crew of young people who are working to establish an independant youth council in their town. We had some really interesting conversation about the pros and cons of establishing a youth centre and it was great to be able to share some of the stories of the youth centres that we have visited on the Roadtrip so far.
On Tuesday we headed up to Waitangi for the Northland Youth Jam, run in partnership with the Northland Regional Council. The event was an opportunity to pilot a new concept - helping young people connect with council policy development through film making. Big ups to the great crew from NRC for trying something new. It was a great day and the process holds real potential as a new approach to regional planning.
On Wednesday the crew was filming in and around Whangarei and Ruapekapeka, shooting more great changemakers videos. Check out Tyson Paul in action reciting some of his slam poetry in the film above.
Thursday we spent at Rerenga Wairua. This is such a special place and it was interesting for those of us who had been there before to experience the new amenities and interpretation. It's great to see this sacred site being valued, but there was something more personal about the gravel road and the unmarked path...
The highlight of the week was undoubtably the time we spent with Ngahau and Debbie Davis at the He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust in Moerewa. We were totally inspired by the work the trust is doing there and left feeling well nourished by the many conversations and the warm hospitality. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!