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Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Pareraukawa
Kassie Hartendorp is a courageous activist claiming spaces for takatāpui to feel safe and connected. Hartendorp enjoys the term takatāpui as it brings her whole identity together, “it is a word for anyone who is sex, sexuality or gender diverse. It is an umbrella term that acknowledges that queerness and Māoriness may exist within the same body.”
Connectedness is important to Hartendorp who is a founder member of the Tīwhanawhana – a safe space for takatāpui to kōrero, share kai and participate in kapa haka and waiata.
Watch He Kākano Ahau – From the Spaces in Between – a 2017 Loading Docs short documentary directed by Kathleen Winter (who is also featured in Standing on the Shoulders), which celebrates Hartendorp as she seeks to bring an indigenous focus to Pride celebrations.
Find out more about Kassie Hartendorp:
Read the article Kassie Hartendorp is rewriting the narrative on being queer and Māori, published 26 April 2018.
This RNZ article Māori Whānau get new advice for supporting LGBTQI kids features Hartendorp, published March 2017.
Read this Sue Bradford interview with Kassie Hartendorp (2016).
Image: Screengrab: He Kākano Ahau – From the Spaces in Between.
Catalogue Reference F263218
Director: Kathleen Winter
Producer: Jaimee Poipoi