Whaia te iti kahurangi

o tōu hinengaro

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Tena koutou katoa.
This is the personal journal of Melanie Tahata. I am of Ngāti Porou descent. My hapū are Te Whānau ā Hinetapora, Te Whānau ā Rakairoa and Ngāi Taamanuhiri.
I currently live in Puhi Kaiti, Turanga-Nui-a-Kiwa, Aotearoa
[Kaiti, Gisborne, New Zealand], with my son Tawhai.

Portrait of Tawhai and I by ostia_pyrosis

I am an artist and you can see my work at http://www.aotearoa666.com

My portfolio at Bēhance:

The title of the journal is based on one of my favourite whakataukī :

"Whaia te iti kahurangi o tōu hinengaro, ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei"

Which essentially means "Follow your passion and never give up"

Feel free to add me, but please leave a comment if you want me to add you back.
Also, if you are not a livejournal user and wish to comment on any of the entries tagged papatuanuku, please be aware that I do not know who you are. If you consider yourself to be an expert on any of the marae I have taken photos of, by all means introduce yourself to me before you start correcting what I have written. I am, in all probability, your whānaunga! Koinā te tikanga o te ao Māori! Kaua e whakamā, homai tō whanaungatanga. Engari ko koe he hoha kē ki a au. Hehehe

Original journal CSS by thefulcrum, with images and colours edited by me.

Mauri Ora!

80's goth, a.o. spare, amazons, anarchism, anarcho-communism, anarcho-feminism, anarchy, ancient greece, ancient greek, anthropromorphism, anti-authoritarianism, anti-homophobia, anti-privilege, anti-racism, anti-sexism, art, art deco, art nouveau, arthurian legends, aubrey beardsley, austin osman spare, baudelaire, big hair, black, black goddess, cartography, catwoman, chasing the dragon, comics, community, cooking, crafting, crust, crust punk, cultural appreciation, cultural appropriation, d.i.y, dark goddesses, darkness gathering, deathrock, diy, do it yourself, drawing, emma goldman, existentialism, feminism, fetish fashion, film noir, freedom, friends, gender, gender equality, goth, gothic art, graffiti, greater darkness, greek mythology, hellraiser, hine-nui-te-po, hip hop, hog haul valentine, indigenous, indigenous women, jordan reyne, journaling, kahu, kali, lani tupu, lawrence makoare, liberation, libraries, lilith, lydia lunch, making things, mana tane maori, mana tangata maori, mana wahine maori, maori, mediatrix, moa, modern art, mythical beasts, mythology, new zealand, ngeru, nihilism, nuns, old school goth, oracles, painting, papatuanuku, peace punk, photography, pro-choice, punk, punk rock, punks, queer liberation, radical feminism, radical queers, reading, reappropriation, recycling, red dwarf, renaissance, reptiles, revolutionaries, rome, rozz williams, salvador dali, sappho, sculpting, serpents, sex, shadow project, shows, skeptics, skinny puppy, snakes, speakeasies, star trek, stenciling, stream of consciousness, street art, surrealism, swans, symbolist art, tanemahuta, taniwha, tarot cards, te reo, tino rangatiratanga, turbojugend, turbonegro, umberto eco, uppity maori, uppity negroes, vintage, wahine, wildhearts, witchcraft, wolf pack, women, writing, writing on skin, zines, zoe saldana