|His research explores how cultural identity and engagement is beneficial to the wellbeing of Māori, especially in the context of colonisation and historical trauma.
Ririwai says “Through the process of colonisation, Māori, like many other indigenous cultures, have become enveloped by Western belief systems, norms, and values.”“These are largely inconsistent with Māori belief systems, norms and values, and since Māori are now a minority group in Aotearoa, the intergenerational transmission of these core cultural components has been significantly impaired.”
“Consequently, developing a secure identity is more difficult for Māori, particularly if their cultural confidence is lacking.”
This point is critical because many Māori theorists suggest that those who are embedded within their culture are better equipped to manage the difficulties associated with cultural oppression.
Ririwai is a graduate of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa. This humble tāne credits the unwavering support of his wife, Fiona Fox, and his wider whānau, hapū, and iwi, has enabled him to chase his dreams. He has two children, and a third on the way. We wish him and his whānau all the best going forward and will continue to share his journey so that it may inspire others.