By Linda Rollingson
NZ Born of Samoan/Canadian descent
My mother – a beautiful dusky maiden from the isles of Samoa. My Father –a red headed small town boy from the plains of Southern Alberta Canada. I was born at the Papakura Maternity ward, chosen by my mother for the freshly baked scones they served for breakfast. The night I was born, the weather was raging and my mother briefly considered naming me storm. Little did she know then, that name would have been more than appropriate. I moved to Canada when I was 6 years old. Growing up in Canada, I struggled to understand my identity. I felt disconnected and displaced. Returning to New Zealand felt like coming home, however it still came with its obstacles and challenges. My life has been spent learning to navigate the storms of the two very different worlds of who I am. I have never been fully apart of either, but I am equally apart of both. I have learn’t to reside in the space in between. I am half caste, I am Afakasi, I am Canadian, I am Samoan, I am a New Zealander. I am the product of the melting pot of our world. It is ticking the box “other” and knowing I still have a place I belong.
My name is Linda Rollingson (Mariner) and I am a 34yr old Afakasi woman. I am married to Jonathan Mariner – a dean at a local South Auckland high school and we have 3 energetic and beautiful children. Currently I am finishing my Bachelor of Social Services Biculturalism in Practice. I have a passion for social justice and all things creative; poetry, painting, and writing are a few I dabble in. I hope to further my studies after the degree to pursue a career in holistic and spiritual healing. I believe in the transformative possibility of connecting to our indigeneity as a way to achieve Mauri Ora.