About the speaker

The world around us is always in flux. We’re in a constant state of evolution, as we learn and grow each day. Luckily change is something that we’ve learned to be comfortable with. Change challenges our thinking, and helps us see new possibilities and opportunities. Einstein says it best: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

We, whether as individuals or as communities, have the power to affect how, why, when and where we push for change. As creatives and entrepreneurs, makers and doers, we have the opportunity to reshape and redefine the world around us. Our speaker for the month of March 2016 is using her creative talents to do just that.

Leonie Hayden is the editor of Mana magazine—a current affairs, culture and lifestyle magazine for Māori.

Leonie clung to the craggy rockface of New Zealand’s music industry for many years, flogging records in a shop, on the radio, at a record label and as the editor of two music magazines, before moving on to more meaningful contributions at Mana. She is also the co-editor of The Cry of a Morepork, a collection of her grandmother’s writing. Leonie is passionate about creating platforms for conversation about what it means to be a bicultural nation, and using media to build bridges between Māori and non-Māori audiences, culture and art forms.

At CreativeMornings, Leonie spoke about the distinctions between Māori and mainstream media, why it’s important for creative industries to understand both and what the two can learn from each other.

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