- Publish Date
- Friday, 18 September 2020, 3:25PM
As we round off Te Wiki o te Reo Maori this weekend and look towards Mental Health Awareness Week next week, Astley has been busy connecting with various people over lockdown with his popular Kōrero 100 video chats.
These videos have since leveled up and found a wider platform for people to connect.
From 8pm tonight you can tune in live to the NZ Herald website and Facebook page as Astley hosts a panel discussion with three special guests discussing what it’s like navigating Māori masculinity in a society that expects you to be tough; along with topics such as self-love and how Te Ao Māori and te reo has influenced individual journey’s. Tune in for an insightful discussion. Kia pai te rā! ✌🏽✨
Read a note from Astley below.
"I asked myself a week out from Te Wiki o te Reo Māori what I would love to do in support of the week & our people. After much consideration & adaptations of the idea, I landed on gathering 4 Māori men for a discussion panel on how they feel to be Māori & a man in 2020. This target demo was special for me because statistically young Māori & P.I men struggle with mental well-being & navigating what it means to be a "MAN".
Fast forward to today that idea is becoming a reality on one of the biggest newspaper platforms in Aotearoa, the NZHerald. This Friday night at 8pm our panel will be going live from the NZHerald website & Facebook page speaking about topics that often aren't promoted or shared in mainstream environments. The effects of colonisation, spirituality, identity, hauora, where to next for Māori & so much more.
This is the first step in what I hope to be a continued safe space for indigenous people's to have a voice on a mainstream platform. If you'd like to support, please add your whakaaro on the topics that we could discuss & who could be an awesome perspective to get in for the discussions. They might not be able to jump on this one, but hopefully, we have more opportunities in the future for all of us to have a voice.
Ngā mihi nui!"