November 18, 2021
Fellowship chance to review Ihumaatao occupation
Ihumaatao occupation leader Pania Newton says a new fellowship will give her a chance to process what the protest achieved.
Ms Newton has been selected for the 2022 Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity programme, which is a partnership between the University of Auckland and the University of Melbourne.
The Melbourne hub is one of seven Atlantic Fellows hubs around the world, and focuses on Indigenous social equity.
The lawyer and young mother says the fellows from both sides of the Tasman are passionate about empowering indigenous communities.
“I’m really excited to be with like-minded people as I process the last six years being involved in this campaign and to look deeper into how we may have contributed to other movements in Aotearoa or how we may have rocked the boat a little bit but I’m interested in bringing some closure to this kaupapa and exploring what this kaupapa meant to our nation,” Ms Newton says.
During the foundation year she intends to create an Indigenous activists’ resource based on what was learnt in the Ihumaatao campaign.
The other fellows from Aotearoa include Auckland Council community advisor Jewelz Petley, Holly Weir-Tikao from TIPU MAHI, the South Island Māori Health Workforce Development Project, Teach First NZ chief executive Michelle Johansson, Sarah Morris, an advice manager at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Te Awa Puketapu, the Children’s Commission’s chief Māori advisor, and East Auckland social entrepreneur Tara Moala.