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Iwi supports the Hastings LGBTQIA+ communities ‘Love & Peace’ action event

– Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated will support the Hastings LGBTQIA+/Rainbow+ Communities LOVE & PEACE ACTION EVENT planned to take place on Wednesday 27 March 2024. – Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated has always supported kaupapa that enhances the mana, integrity, and well-being of Ngāti Kahungunu.

– Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated does not support discrimination, bullying, prejudice, racism, violent attacks, and family violence.

– “I attended the last Manioro Event held at the beginning of the month and it was fantastic”. – Te Rangi Huata, Iwi event and promotions manager.

– “The Manioro theme, ‘Love us the same, hold us the same’, says it all”


Nevertheless is a Māori, Pasifika and Takatāpui Rainbow+ mental health non-profit organisation. They are a registered Charity and Charitable Trust that exists to support the holistic well-being of individuals, whānau and aiga who are Takatāpui or Pasifika Rainbow+ communities. The Co founders are Shaqaila Uelese and Maia Wati-Cooper.

Nevertheless Trust has been hosting Manioro, a gathering of people to deliver educational and creative workshops for whānau and communities while increasing the visibility of the Māori and Pasifika Rainbow+ peoples through storytelling, cultural performances and panel discussions. Manioro is about disrupting toxic narratives and challenging unhealthy stereotypes surrounding our communities.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday 27 March) we are making a stand against discrimination/bullying/violence and hatred towards our Rainbow+ and LGBTQIA+ communities here in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay. This is being done by way of a peaceful presence”. – Shaq and Maia

“Threats of violence, discrimination and hatred have been directed towards us as a community through social media particularly within the last couple of days”.


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