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Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa) grew up in Whanganui and is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. She is a former youth worker who supported LGBTIQ+ young people and is a member of Tīwhanawhana, a takatāpui community group. She currently studies Ahunga Tikanga, Māori Laws and Philosophy at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. Kassie identifies as takatāpui, and a queer cis woman.
Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa) has been looking to Māori stories and storytellers to learn more about our gender identities before colonisation. There's a lot to be read between the lines, she writes.