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Tainui Stephens (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Moetonga) is an independent film and television producer, director, executive producer, writer, presenter and narrator.
Whakamā refers to a state of personal or collective embarrassment and shame. Unabated shame can corrode the soul. Tikanga can fix and prevent it.
Heather du Plessis-Allan sparked controversy this week with remarks calling the Waikato town ‘rotting’. In fact, Ngāruawāhia is the epitome of uplifting small-town NZ, writes former resident Tainui Stephens.