Easily my favourite piece of Harrison family history concerns my paternal great-grandfather. He was a French merchant seaman whose sea-faring began when press-ganged off a Normandy beach as a youth, into the French Navy. Arrived at the Port of Auckland, he met and fell in love with an Irish lass, my paternal great-grandmother. Outward bound, to avoid detection he waited until his ship was abeam of Tiri Tiri Island at night. He slipped over the side; swam to Tiri; and in turn to the mainland. He settled with his bride on the banks of the Kaipara Harbour. His handy swimming prowess was legendary, until gangrene late in life saw the removal of both his legs just below the knee.
Kingi Snelgar is a Māori lawyer from Aotearoa New Zealand. Having secured his LLM at Harvard, he’s now back practicing in Auckland with the team at Mānuka Chambers. Mānuka are four Māori lawyers – all also court-appointed Youth Advocates in the Manukau Youth Court – who are committed to helping their clients navigate the justice system. Here Kingi relays to Sarah some of his frustrations at working within a Pākehā-oriented system, and his concerns as to what that means for Māoridom and the futures and wellbeing of Māori offenders.