He mihi maioha ki a koe!
Ko Benjamin Doyle tōku ingoa (they/he/ia). He uri tēnei nō Ngāpuhi, Aerani, me Kōtirana hoki. I tipu ake au ki Whangaparaoa, engari e noho ana au ki Kirikiriroa ināianei.
I am a pāpā, a teacher, a researcher, and a community organiser. I am also proudly takatāpui and whaikaha. For nearly 10 years I have taught and lead in secondary schools in both Tāmaki Makaurau and Kirikiriroa with a focus on rangatahi Māori achieving equitable educational outcomes. I currently work as a Kaupapa Māori researcher at The University of Waikato, with a focus on tino rangatiratanga, takatāpuitanga, and anti-racist pedagogy.
For the last 3 years I have also facilitated noho marae with rangatahi takatāpui in Kirikiriroa. These community initiatives have worked to strengthen and promote collective Indigenous sovereignty through the medium of wānanga. I have also publicly campaigned for Māori wards, disarming police, and urgent climate action at both local and central government levels.
My dream is for a society that we are proud to leave for our tamariki mokopuna. A society that thrives because of our caring and reciprocal relationship with the environment. A society that enacts the promises of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and which centres equity and justice in every decision and every conversation. A society where all communities have enough to live safe, happy and fulfilling lives.
Manaaki tāngata, manaaki whenua.
Tihei mauri ora!