The power of being a Māori journalist
Shilo Kino has written previously on the challenge of being a Māori journalist. But this year the Marae reporter has discovered the power of Māori journalism that comes from telling our own stories.
The night before I met the four sisters, I couldn't sleep. I spent hours reading through the court documents which detailed the horrific abuse, the injustice and travesty of what these girls had gone through.
It was heartbreaking, emotional and heavy to say the least. As I lay awake on my bed thinking about them and how to tell this story, I felt the calming but formidable presence of not only my tīpuna but their tīpuna as well. The feeling was indescribable. Listen to your ancestors, I’ve been told over and over again. I understand now, more than ever, what that truly means.