Published in Overland Issue 219 Winter 2015 · Uncategorized Māori dux Nicole Hawkins When they announced his name his Koro swelled onto the stage to pass on his korowai I shed a tear. When the Kuia called out in a voice which took centuries to create to tautoko her boy I felt the blood in my veins stir. Had I not have been so proud in this moment of this boy I’ve never even spoken to I would have remembered to look at your face. Had I been brave enough to learn that haka when I walked these floors I would have gotten up too. How my angry tears would have rejoiced in the opportunity to startle you from the row behind Arms, legs and fingers trembling from beneath my robe Letting centuries of tīpuna rub your nose in it. Nicole Hawkins Nicole Hawkins hails from Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Pahauwera and has strong connections to the Wairarapa. She grew up on the Kāpiti Coast, where she lives and teaches at a secondary school. Nicole is new to writing and credits her time at Victoria University of Wellington, and her fantastic colleagues and inspiring students for encouraging her writing. More by Nicole Hawkins Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 2 June 20232 June 2023 · Friday Poetry Three Chaingrass poems Catherine Vidler Three visual poems from Catherine Vidler's Chaingrass series. First published in Overland Issue 228 1 June 20231 June 2023 · Politics Turning peaceful protesters into criminals—again Evan Smith So the Summary Offences (Obstruction of Public Places) Bill 2023 has been passed by South Australia’s Legislative Assembly and will become law. Fifteen hours of debate in the upper house, led by the Greens and SA Best, could not overturn the bill that was reportedly rushed through the lower house in just twenty-two minutes a fortnight ago.