About Me

Image courtesy of Michelle Mihi Keita Tibble

I am a Ngati Porou mother of two from the East Coast of Te Ika a Maui. My work involves advocacy for environmental, Indigenous and human rights. This includes local, national and international initiatives that highlight the role of settler colonialism in issues such as climate change and waste pollution, and promote Indigenous conservation as best practice for a globally sustainable future

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    1. Kia Ora Christine, and thanks! Yes I’ve been relying on Matthew and Waveney’s website quite a bit – very informative and helpful!

      Thanks also for the link to your page – at the outset I can definitely say that I am LOVING the connections that I’m making with others such as yourself 🙂

      Nga mihi


      1. Hi Tina. Good to see you at CRN hui 2016, recently. Matthew and Waveney were also participants in Sustainable Living programme, also known as Future Living Skills. See sustainableliving.org.nz website.

  1. Tena ra koe Tina, I’ve been following your blog for a few months, and I’m inspired. The plastic-free movement is awesome but it comes with some inevitable challenges – like, for example, toilet paper. My local supermarket has individually paper-wrapped NZ made loo paper…great! But it’s second rate toilet paper targeted at holiday makers. I really don’t need all the extra paper wrapping either. I flicked you a random question on one of your fb posts, and this is a follow up to that. Have you found a source of reasonable-quality NZ-made, plastic-free loo paper in your travels? Or are we talking drip-dry? Serious question, and urgent. I’m down to my last pre-July roll. Aku mihi nui ki a koe e whakapau kaha ana ki te tiaki i a Papatuanuku ratou ko ana uri. M

    1. Tēnā hoki koe e Maraea 🙂 Sorry I missed your comment on my FB page but glad you reached out on here 🙂 I’m not sure where you’re located but if there’s a wholesaler nearby like Gilmours or OrderMax you can get cartons of toilet roll for quite cheap. Usually they’re one or two ply but you may find them up to 4ply if you have a look around. Hope that’s helpful! Mauri Ora 🙂

  2. Kia ora, in my own toilet I squeeze an h2o water bottle to wash and dry with my own small towel I hang in a wooden box under the cistern. Picked idea up from hare krsna mates years ago. Cleaner and cheaper than paper, but doesnt have to be used exclusively. U may find alternative to plastic squeezy bottle tho. Nga mihi.

  3. Nga mihi. Stuck in my PhD writing and I am given this blog, read it and realise with tears…Im not stuck, its just the ugly thick tar of colonising academic shit that permeates my psyche…better after reading this. Just thank you. Paora

    1. Tēnā koe Paora! I’ve watched your video kōrero before and have much respect for your positioning! Kia kaha ra the space needs your kind of shake-up! Rū ana te whenua!

    2. Kia ora soulmate!
      You are fighting the good fight. Go for it, my friend. It is a a struggle, but one worth fighting. Never surrender or give up. There is no future the people (te whangutua) if the great people like U don’t fight or us all,

  4. I just found your blog and appreciate the work you are doing.. Thank you for your labor. Do you have a paypal account I can donate too?

  5. Kia Ora Tina
    I am seeking advise. I’d like to briefly explain a conservation issue we are facing and see what your knowledge suggests.
    At Hikurangi, Whangarei there is a reserve, gazetted in 1916, it is owned whangarei district council. A local business association have a plan to bulldoze dirtbike tracks through that whenua. Council agree and are financially supporting that proposal.
    The reserve is mostly ngahere, there are kiwi, Kauri, Mātātā, Dabchick, Auckland gecko, Kākāhi, Pauaslug, many taonga species. They will be at risk if not lost if these dirtbikes are allowed to proceed.
    This goes against Reserves act yet doc won’t act. It goes against councils own legislation, policies, bylaws etc yet they staunchly support the dirtbike proposal. We engage with every group and organisation we can and other than alot of sympathy, there is no real action or support.
    We have lobbied council etc, informed them and shown proof of species etc, it’s just not happening. I feel like we will soon have to occupy the whenua or call in an environmental lawyer.
    We are stuck and aren’t moving forward,

    1. Aue e hoa! Hoha rawa te rongo nei.

      Have you engaged lawyers to injunct? I would be making an urgent appeal to the ombudsman and asking the lawyer to seek an injunction while the case is considered? Hopefully the points you raise as well as the ombudsman case will be enough to grant it.Have you tried the EDS as well?



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