Dr Teresia Teaiwa
Nei te hūpē te roimata e ringihia nei
Mō tēnei māreikura kua ngaro ki te pō
Ngarungaru Te Moana Nui A Kiwa
Tuohu mokemoke ai ngā motu katoa
E te mātanga a te kupu, E te ngākau nui tonu
Waiho mā āu pia pono tō ōhākī e hiki
Mahue mai mātou i te pūkatokato
E te Raukura haere, haere, haere atu rā
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga grieves the passing of Dr Teresia Teaiwa. The outpouring of love and loss that has followed the news of her death is a testament to her work, her activism, her passion for people, her poetry and creative expression and the gift of her character.
A Pacific scholar whose reach was global but who remained intensely interested in exploring the intimate and the personal.
Her teaching practice has allowed students to realise their aspirations to create positive change in the world. Hers is a legacy that matters.
Tere was on our Editorial Board of AlterNative and she served there like she served everywhere: with commitment, with resolve and a fire to nurture and sustain Indigenous ways of being and understanding.
Tere you walked across our hearts