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Te Kotuku o Ngati Whatua - 4 Jul


This documentary is a personal profile based around Naida Glavish who is an astute Maori woman of Ngati Whatua and Dalmatian descent. She was initially raised by her grandmother from birth until primary education.

From here, her education and upbringing became unsettled when she attended different primary schools (expelled from one of them) and was raised up through 10 different Social Welfare Homes with different foster parents.

Thus began a trail of recklessness, humility, determination, pride and a sense of abstinence to authority and to society in general.  Despite those challenging years, Naida was able to adjust quickly into maturity and was married at 18 years old becoming a mother to 6 Children, 19 mokopuna plus 4 great grandchildren.

Later she found employment as a Teacher, and later at the NZ Post Office into which she was instrumental in introducing the greeting words over the Exchange at Tolls Kia Ora. Eventually she became involved as a Bi Cultural Advisor to Auckland Hospital.

Over time she became heavily involved with local Iwi and urban authorities, sitting on various Maori Trusts and Auckland Hospital Boards. Her involvement in community work around the Auckland isthmus has led to her  being a very strong leader and advocate for her Iwi and more so for Maori Health.

The first part of this documentary will be shot initially around her Marae, surrounding districts of Kaipara Harbour, and then back to the Auckland CBD and Greenlane Hospital plus special places that were instrumental in her life.

Other talent to be interviewed will be her 80 plus father and selected talent from within the community to add interest to the documentary about her mahi in the workforce socially and political.


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