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Aaron Tau is a pro-MMA fighter, with a  background in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing and Kickboxing.  He fights out of UFC star Dan Hooker's Combat Academy, in Auckland New Zealand. We had a really deep conversation about Aaron's life. Aaron was very open and intimate about the experiences that shaped him growing up, and how he became who he is today.  Aaron grew up with a life rich in Maoritanga (traditional culture and way of life) in a  rural community. He experienced extreme hardship and adversity within his family. However, he's not let the hand he was dealt, he says, define who he is, and he speaks about his philosophies of forgiveness, compassionate and unconditional love that underpin his way of life. This was one of the best conversations I've ever had the privilege to have, and I'm sure everyone will get a lot from it. Thank you Aaron!
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Aaron Henerae is a proudly Māori pro wrestler competing in Japan as a part of the New Japan Pro Wrestling team. He majored in sociology and politics with a focus on International Relations at the University of Auckland before following his dreams and heading to Japan. He graduated from the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo in 2018. We had a rad chat about his journey in martial arts and wrestling, family, individualism, politics, masculinity, thanks for your time bro! You can follow Aaron Insta:       @HenareNZ Twitter: @HenareNZ
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Max Rashbrooke is a Wellington-based writer and public intellectual, with twin interests in economic inequality and democratic renewal. His latest book is Too Much Money: How Wealth Disparities are Unbalancing Aotearoa New Zealand , based on research he carried out as the 2020 J. D. Stout Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. His previous works include Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action and Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis , both published by Bridget Williams Books. A senior associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, he writes a fortnightly column for Stuff , and his work appears in outlets such as the Guardian and Prospect magazine. His TED.com talk on upgrading democracy has been viewed over 1m times. We had a fascinating conversation about his research and writing, what drives him in his advocacy, how poverty affects people and what we can do about it all. Thanks so much for your time Max! You can follow Max: www.maxrashbrooke.net Twitter: @maxrashbrooke Instagram:@maxrashbrooke
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Jess Hill is an award-winning Australian based investigative journalist, author, and campaigner against domestic and family violence. In addition to winning the Stella Prize, her book See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse was a finalist for both the 2019 Walkley Book Award and 2019 Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award, and shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction book. It also happens to be the best book I've ever read on the topic. I had a brilliant conversation with Jess, about her work, what motivates it, the complexities and difficulties of working in activists spaces, how we bring men into the work of ending gendered violence, we explored ideas around the patriarchy. It was brilliant and I'm a better person for having the conversation. Thanks so much for your time Jess! You can follow Jess and her work at: https://www.jesshill.net/ Twitter: @jessradio Insta: @thetrappod See What You Made Me Do Documentary https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/see-what-you-made-me-do:
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Kenzie does a lot of work talking about diet culture, body image, self-esteem and self-acceptance. This conversation was super fun, insightful and educational. We learned how to have constructive discussions about Kenzie's own story, shame, coping mechanisms, and drivers of our behaviours. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you do too. You can follow Kenzie ⤵️ Insta: @kenziebrenna @conversationswithkenzie TikTok @kenziebrenna T Thanks so much, Kenzie!
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Kate Parker is based in Melbourne and is a volunteer at the global environmental organisation Sea Shepherd. She is a divemaster, and is also is the co-founder of the not for profit Daughters of The Deep, which helps underprivileged women gain access to education and marine conservation work. I reached out to Kate, who I had met briefly in Australia, to know more about what Sea Sheppard was doing. I had read an article on the Chinese Fishing Fleet horrific squid fishery practices off the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos are a UNESCO world heritage site that inspired 19th-century naturalist Charles Darwin and is home to some of the world’s most endangered species, from giant tortoises to hammerhead sharks. Kate explained her work, what Sea Shepherd does, how we can help; we talked about some of the complications of activism; it was an entertaining talk. Thanks so much, Kate! Insta: @ladyparker1984 @daughtersofthedeepofficial @seashpherd
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I met Sam in maybe 2012 when Architects were supporting The Amity Affliction on the Chasing Ghosts Tour in Australia, and we've been friends ever since. Here we had a great conversation, where we really got into it. Sam opened up very candidly about his mental health journey. We talked about grief and depression, and getting well again, how we can support one another, all the things. It was a really nice time. Thanks so much for your time Sam! You can follow Sam and Architects ⤵️ https://www.architectsmerch.co/ Insta: @samarchitects @architectsuk Twitter: @samarchitects @architectsuk
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Meghan is a writer, podcaster and founder and editor of the Canadian based website Feminist Current. We had a fun conversation about the culture wars, politics, our respective journeys moving away from identifying strongly with a political tribe, the nature of activism, and getting pneumonia from partying too much. Thanks so much for your time Meghan, it was great to talk! You can follow Meghan and her work: https://www.feministcurrent.com/ Insta: @meghanemilymurphy @the_samedrugs Twitter: @feministcurrent @the_samedrugs
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With her husband Mataio, they work with men in prisons, have recently published a best selling book, have created viral social media content to spread their message, that change is possible and lives full of love and free from violence are possible. This was a powerful interview and Sarah had so much trauma-informed knowledge and wisdom to share. Thank you so much Sarah! You can find Sarah and her work at https://www.sheisnotyourrehab.com/about Insta: @SarahClareBrown // @sheisnotyourrehab
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Lydia and I talked through her long history of competitive running, from primary school to finishing 20th in the New York Marathon and beyond. We explored the image pressures on female athletes and runners, in particular, body dysmorphia, mental health. Lydia explained just how understudied the differences between male and female athletes have been and how female-specific understanding of physiology plays an essential role in performance. It was super fun and exciting conversation; thank you, Lydia!
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