32, M, Takatāpui

I know the importance of having Safe Sex in my life.

Being Māori and takatāpui are extremely important
aspects of what make me, me – but I believe
that they are only part of a bigger picture.

Ki te taha o tōku Pāpā
Ko Horauta te Waka
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Hinerupe te Marae
Ko te Whānau o Hinerupe te Hapu
Ko Ngāti Porou te Iwi

Ki te taha o tōku Whaea
Ko Mata Whao Rua te Waka
Ko Te Rai o Rahiri te Maunga
Ko Mangakahia te Awa
Ko Te Rai o Rahiri te Marae
Ko Ngāti Toki te Hapu
Ko Ngapuhi te Iwi
Ko Jacob Taiapa tōku ingoa

I’m like a jigsaw puzzle. I’m actually probably one of those 1000 piece puzzles that are difficult to put together, but if I were to pull out a few of the pieces from the box, an important piece is the one that says Māori, another would be takatāpui, and others would include tāne, tama, tuakana, teina, hoa.  I am proud of all these pieces, and so I place these ones on the table first, but it is the other pieces that fit in between that keep it all together: aroha, aitanga ārai mate, whaānaungatanga and tikanaga. Just as important is whakanui, for me, and for you.

I live in Wellington and work for a Māori Sexual Health organisation.  If I were to say one thing to our community it would be, “isn’t it about time that we get our pieces together? Let’s not forget about our aitanga ārai mate and our respect.  Let’s value life: mine and yours.”   Condoms are a very important part of me, too.

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