Mike Smith (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāpuhi) is an educationalist and has spent the last 40 years focussed on taking action where it matters. Although some of his favorite activities are gardening, hunting and fishing, Mike has also used his love for his community and the Taiao to advocate for the health and wellbeing of Papatūānuku highlighting the irreversible impacts of climate change on indigenous communities.
Mike has also actively supported the efforts of Iwi to push back on oil companies such as Petrobras undertaking oil exploration activities in Tribal Territories and has also the National Iwi Chairs Co-Leader for the Pandemic Response.
In this interview Mike shares the impact his Mother had on his life, especially in reminding him of his identity and his tūpuna who were original signatories to Te Tiriti. We also hear about his earlier career as a social worker and the key people who influenced his thinking and his reflection on nation-building and taking action.
Across the board, Mike has been consistent in pointing out the way the Crown has continuously failed to meet their promise and obligations to Tangata Whenua, yet there is hope, where there is a willingness to "walk through the door of transformation".
To connect with Mike and his mahi you can find him here