First Nations International Voices

A curated digital platform, this page is dedicated to our global First Nations communities enabling their voices to be heard during these unprecedented times in our collective history.

Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is Breathing

The following video captures the beauty and stillness of Tamaki Makaurau Auckland. Produced by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), the video creates a connection and a message that reflects the region’s unique Maori culture. The voiceover was recorded at home by 11-year-old Manawanui Maniapoto Mills in Muriwai, and features taonga puoro (traditional Maori instrumental sounds) by Moana and the Moahunters. This includes the putaatara (opening conch shell), the purerehua (wind) and the koauau (Maori flute). Link and text courtesy of



First Nations International Voices Essay Series

The first essay in our First Nations International Voices series is by New Zealand Kai Tahu musician, taonga puoro practitioner, music therapist and writer Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly.