Why Waiata? – with Emma

Emma a fat babe wāhine Māori

Waiata – both to sing and a song in te reo Māori has many rich and beautiful cultural meanings and purposes. One of the key ones for me has always been coming together and expressing feels! Nau mai haere mai, come along to a waiata sesh.

We can kōrero about the power of waiata, and of course SING TOGETHER, because joy is hard to come by these days and learning and teaching new waiata always sparks joy for me.

Would love for you to join me


Meet Emma

He uri ahau nō NgāPuhi, i tau mai ōku tupuna i te whenua nei mai i Koterana me Aerana. Ko Emma Parangi ahau. 

I am a descendant of NgāPuhi, my ancestors came from Scotland and Ireland to settle in Aotearoa. My name is Emma Parangi (ia/ she). 

This will be my first time attending Camp Boom after sickness kept me away last year! I have found infinite joy in finding some fat community in real life, as well as online! 

I am an educator, and most of my time and energy is dedicated to being of the most service I can to my communities, particularly whānau and tamariki Māori! I am currently a PhD candidate and I provide kaupapa Māori professional learning and development for kaiako (teachers).

I love music and can often be found at a fireside with a guitar! I am so looking forward to making new connections and finding space for joy and fun in fat community with all you rad humans!

Ngā mihi o te wā o Matariki 

Published by Joanna

Joanna founded House of Boom in 2018

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