So I’m indigenous ASF or Aotearoa Street Fashion. (jazzy hip hop music) (record scratching hip hop music) Yeah so I did go through a few phases of entering like showcase or but they also were underlying competitions and I entered twice into this one which I’m not gonna name. But I was told that my collection wasn’t Māori enough or it was quite boring. It annoyed me not so much that who it was coming from but that it was just said in general and I was just like, it’s Māori because I’m Māori and I’ve done everything from you know sketching, right through to like the last stitch and so that’s how the name originated. It’s indigenous because I’m indigenous. (hip hop music) Well I thought I was gonna be the physio for the All Blacks when I finished school and then I got pregnant. (hip hop music) It’s just such a community orientated town. Everyone knows everyone, everyone supports everyone. And everything’s here. Yeah, we don’t have a mall but you know there’s online shopping. And we still get sushi, we still have Maccas, you know? Everything’s still here, we still have sport, we still have the high achievers who make the All Blacks. (hip hop music) So the Kāhui collective is a group of Māori designers that were, I wouldn’t say we were selected but we were brought together by Kiri Nathan. I think she has individually met us before and just knew that together we would be stronger than what we would be individually. (hip hop music) The real eye opener for me was in China. I just realised that, you know, I can still be in a small town and access the world from my renovated home. You don’t need to be… It would probably be more beneficial if I was more central but it’s not impossible and I just that learning around 34, I feel like I learnt that early and can pass it on to the kids. Not just my kids but the kids here that you know, you may feel like you’re trapped in like a small town and there’s nothing to do but the world’s actually just there for you to reach out to and just access whatever you want. So yeah, I just realised in that, I can do this. It’s gonna take a lot of hard work but it’s not impossible. Yeah and I’m doing it in Kaiks, why not?