are wāhine Māori
I would like to imagine that the Matariki cover of Woman magazine, out this week, has set a precedent for the industry. When have you ever seen a collective of wāhine Māori in a gate-fold front page on a mainstream consumer title?
That constellation of nine captured with such splendour by Taaniko and Vienna Nordstrom of Soldiers Rd epitomises tino rangatiratanga – each of those women has forged her own path in a uniquely wahine Māori way, from the venerated author Patricia Grace to rising star Te Ao o Hinepehinga Rauna. They say a picture speaks a thousand words. Well, for me that cover unlocked a thousand wāhine Māori… tūpuna and uri, voices of the past, the present and the future intertwined. Our indigenous sisterhood visible and valued. It sure blows the usual women’s mag formula to smithereens.
Link to article: My stars of Matariki are wāhine Māori | The Spinoff