‘Joint winner is He Kākano Ahau, a thought-provoking series exploring what it means to be a young Māori living in the city. Recorded largely on location, the episodes challenged listeners to consider the far-reaching consequences of colonisation and the battle by urban Māori to reconnect with their roots. The power of people's voices was used to transport the audience into the conversation. Thought-provoking and persuasive.’
Judges: Diana Goodman and Nance Haxton
He Kākano Ahau is a podcast written, researched, and hosted by Ngāi Tūhoe writer, activist, and young person Kahu Kutia. Kahu now lives in Wellington after spending the first 18 years of her life in the valleys of Te Urewera.
Over six episodes, Kahu explores stories of Māori in the city, weaving together strands of connection. At the base is a hunch that not all of us who live in the city are disconnected from te ao Māori.