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Te Rangi, T. A.
He Reo Kō, He Reo Areare The Liberated Voice of Wāhine within a Gang Collective
Masters of Applied Indigenous Knowledge
1 -79 pp
Wahine Maori, Gangs, whakapapa
The purpose of this project is to provide the reader with an insight into the lives of wāhine associated to one of New Zealand’s largest Māori gangs; the Mongrel Mob.
There is very little research or published works on wāhine associated to Māori gangs. The project describes how wāhine control and maintain their destiny (mana motuhake) how they maintain family values (tikanga), spirituality (wairuatanga) and nurture whānau within the gang collective. I attempt to illustrate the social implications that occured during the exodus of Māori from the nineteen fifties to the seventies, away from their homelands (turangawaewae) to the young city of Porirua.
The outcome from this study are particular responses to research questions asked of the six wāhine interviewed. They have been (and still are) associated to four chapters of the Mongrel Mob for a number of years.
My life experiences are contained within the chapters and I have attempted to convey and articulate my journey the best way that I know, by script.
I have referenced a brief whakapapa on the creation of Māori gangs, the influence of American dress and music. This includes the migration of Māori to the cities (urbanisation) and their disconnection from te ao Māori that occured in my parents generation and young Māori like myself who were born into urbanisation. This writing includes our Pasifika fanau who migrated to New Zealand during the same period and also experienced the same effects of urbanisation.
I have utilised Kaupapa Māori theory that are based on key principles that ensured the safety of the wāhine and kai-rangahau involved. Smith. G (1990)
In chapter four I express what I learnt in the process of writing this exegesis along with the creation of a visual resource (Taonga tuku iho) as the second partial fulfillment of the masters degree.
This exegesis is not written as an academic piece, rather it is written in layman’s terms1 to ensure the reader gains an understanding of the evolution of Māori gangs and the impact of urbanisation on the women interviewed.
WARNING: Some of the content contained within this exegesis could be disturbing to the reader please be advised should this happen to seek professional advice and support.
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