Belonging through whānau and basketball - video transcript
Whaia te Kotahitanga o te wairua, mā te rangimarie me te aroha e paehere. Tēnā koutou katoa. Kia ora, my name is Trent. I'm part Māori and also part Irish, both parts of me that I love. I'm in my second to last year of high school, and I love basketball.
(Joe Houghton - Trent's teacher)
So I remember the first day Trent arrived at high school and he stood out immediately because he is a charismatic young man. He is a deeply optimistic young man. He seems to have a sense about him that sees the best in people and situations.
And overall he has a strong sense of resilience. Where he is able to kind of take things in his stride and make sure that he uses things as the opportunities that they are.
So for Trent the idea of identity is hugely important. His sense of wairua, his sense of knowing that he belongs in an environment, I think stems strongly from his ability to stand on culture for everything he does. What does that mean to be Māori in 2018?
And how does that interact with his education, his sport, his social life has family?
I love my culture, it's quite strong with the boys that I'm with. I feel it can grow stronger, within the future for the younger generations. And that's pretty much our job for our culture at the moment.
We believe if we try and support culture without supporting whānau engagement at the school, then it's probably not going to be sustainable in the long term.
(Beatrice - Trent's grandmother and caregiver)
It is very important for one to know their culture. In my case I don't know how to speak my own language, because my mother was caned for speaking her own language.
When you provide an environment of cultural safety for students, they are going to achieve better, which is going to lead to better outcomes for them and also wider New Zealand society.
It's just been a big helpful part of my life. Through Māori I met Steven Adams and I got to play against some of the people on OKC. Culture has always been part of my life.
One day if I have kids, I want it to be a big part of their life and to help them impact on the world. And just to make everyone aware that yes, I'm Māori. This is my culture. I'm proud.