Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America, Indigenous Rights & Histories in Brazil
Noa’ia e’ mauri! Kia ora koutou!
Otou asa lei Ruby Rae Lupe Ah-Wai Macomber. I am proud of my whakapapa to Te Moana-Nui-a Kiwa (Rotuma/Taveuni/Ngāpuhi).
2023 will be my 4th year of a BA/LLB conjoint, majoring in Pacific Studies, Psychology and Law. Outside my studies, I facilitate creative storytelling workshops in Corrections and community centres. I am a Tuākana mentor, research assistant in Pacific Studies, and volunteer at ACLC. I’m a big fan of poetry, volleyball and sharing kai with good people!!
Hoki mai whenua, hoki mai moana This trip has so far transformed my understanding of what it means to reclaim land and story. Beyond the legal reclamation of land through demarcation in Brazil, the reclamation of knowledge and knowledge expression practices are something I have leaned into over the past two weeks. In Ubatuba, we visited…
São Paulo is the farthest I have ever been from the moana, whenua and community that raised me. Every aspect of the haerenga to this city was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. From the 24 hours of flying to seeing Jacinda Ardern on a TV in Texas to touching down to a concrete jungle that…