my fellow relatives,
The eve of a new adventure is upon us.
I have physically manifested one of my life long dreams of travelling to and exploring the magical lands of New Zealand. It’s been on the top of my list since I was very young and now it’s actually happening!
In this current time in my life I am learning about the importance of setting intentions and being intuitive in all that you do. So my intentions for this trip are as follows; do not take any experience or moment for granted, live it to its fullest, connect with new friends, learn about the traditional Indigenous peoples, follow and trust my heart and push past fears.
The main reason I have been granted this amazing opportunity is due to the fact that I have been a part of a beautiful youth group called, “Empowering Indigenous Youth in Governance and Leadership” or “EIYGL” for short. Each year, we volunteer our time at the World Indigenous Business Forum in return for a sponsorship to get there. Each year it’s in a different host country and this year fortunately enough the Maori have decided to host us in Rotorua, New Zealand!
3 – 4 days will be mostly focused on the forum, taking notes of the key speakers, helping out at registration, working with set up and take down and networking amongst all of the inspiring Indigenous grassroots peoples who have so much to share with all of us.
The themes for this year’s forum aligns with all that i’ve been interested in lately as well and they are important Indigenous topics and discussions that will carry all of our communities forward with strength, confidence and empowerment. This year’s themes include:
◆ APOPO – Imagining Indigenous Economic Futures
◆ MANA MAHINE – Indigenous Global Women in Business
◆ WHANGAI TE AO – Indigenous Business Feeding the World
◆ HANGARAU – Technology in Indigenous Business
◆ NGA URI O MAUI – Indigenous Entrepreneurship
◆ KAITIAKI TAIAO – Indigenous Business Responsibility and the Environment
◆ HAPAI TE HAPORI – Building Communities Through Business
◆ KOTAHITANGA – Indigenous Collaboration
After the forum, there is a small group of us who will be renting a car and exploring more of the northern island including Tauranga, Waitomo, Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga. We have filled our itinerary with the top things on our New Zealand bucket list and let me tell you, they will be epic!
Then once they leave on the 16th, I will continue the adventure solo! In this time, I hope to connect with more grassroots Maori culture, learn about the connections to the land and the sustainable projects they have going on, explore parts of the South Island and engage in things that will benefit self-growth and fulfill my wanderlust desires.
I will be documenting the entire trip and will most likely break it up into a series, instead of trying to fit a whole month long trip into one video. Please head on over to my video hub over on youtube to keep updated with my travel adventures. Also feel free to subscribe to the blog where you won’t miss out on any future posts. I love writing, photography, art, visual arts and sharing my experiences with the world in hopes that it may help someone, become an influential voice or just spread a little bit of love.
Take care for now folks,
What dream travel destination is on your bucket list?