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Rediscovering Aotearoa is an 8-part bilingual short documentary, podcast and article series by TVNZ's Re: that travels Aotearoa meeting young Kiwis as they discuss the impacts of colonisation today, modern race relations and how they are decolonising themselves.

In the first part above, Taiao/Nature, the series asks how do we protect our land when we are disconnected from it?

Reo/Language - The power of finding your voice.

Takatāpui/LGBTQIA+ - Gender diversity was an accepted part of Māori and Pacific societies until European Christian values brought stigma and shame.

Mātauranga/Knowledge - There are 110 statues or monuments in Wellington, but only 10 of those represent Māori narratives. Two strangers, Safari Hynes and Peter McKenzie, meet to discuss whose ancestors are represented around the city.

Hauora/Health - Medicine student Aniket Chawla is welcomed into a rongoā Māori wānanga (course) at Motatau Marae, near Kawakawa in Northland. He meets Juan and Tahjai Brown, twins who grew up at that marae and are students of rongoā, traditional Māori healing. How does a collective te ao Māori view of health differ from an individualistic Western one, and what can this mean for our mental health system?

Whānau/Family - When he was four weeks old, Mana was placed into foster care. The first years of his life were marked with fear, violence and isolation as he was moved from home to home until he was luckily taken in by loving foster parents. Two years ago he met Jaye Pukepuke, leader of Bros for Change, a youth work programme for rangatahi tāne in Ōtautahi (Christchurch). Māori make up 59 percent of children in state care. How can rangatahi find their own sense of whānau when theirs is fractured?

Tyla is a 28-year-old from Ngāi Tahu who converted to Islam six years ago. Saba is Pakistani, and moved to Aotearoa when she was eight. They are married and in love. In March, Saba’s uncle and cousin were shot and killed at their mosque, along with 49 others in the Christchurch terrorist attack. How does the long shadow of racism and white supremacy affect Māori and Muslim communities? And how have they come together to heal?

A Pākehā criminal lawyer sits down with a Māori former-prisoner to talk about Aotearoa’s justice system. Awatea Mita was jailed for a non-violent drug crime. She meets a criminal defence lawyer, Charlotte Shade, in Wellington, and they ask: how can our justice system rehabilitate rather than just punish?