Geneva Harrison
Geneva Harrison
Tuhi Stationery helps you connect to, celebrate and use your language and culture in everyday stationery, planners and education resources. Our range of Māori and Samoan bi-lingual products are inspired by our language, culture, environment and values. We believe you should never leave your language or culture 'at the door', but embrace and use it everyday, in all the workplaces and spaces you are in.
I was raised in the Far North of New Zealand by my maternal grandparents who via a traditional arranged marriage (taumau) had 14 children - then I came along!. I never realised the blessings I had as a mokopuna (grandchild) growing up in that environment, within our tribal area and being immersed in our whanau, marae, iwi life. I had a very simple, but rich childhood, exposed to a way of living that I did not realise would become so uncommon in generations to come. My grandfather was a mihinare (Anglican) minister, Chairperson of our marae, Iwi Board member, he was very active in our community and kept diaries to keep on track of his busy schedule. With such a large whanau, we had no choice but to garden, fish and hunt, it was a way of life that I took for granted. Flash forward many decades later, working in corporate spaces I struggled to find planners that celebrated our own language and culture, incorporated what was important to us, and were of a quality that I would want to retain for years to come, that would be of interest to my own mokopuna, as my grandfathers diaries were a treasure to me.