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Healing the Wounds of Colonialism
A Restorative Justice Approach from New Zealand

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, 4-5:30 pm ET / 10-11:30 pm CET / 10-11:30 am (next day) NZDT

Countries around the world, and not least those of the British Commonwealth, are seeking to address and recover from their colonial past. New Zealand is sometimes held up as a positive example of the process, the truth, however, is complex. Join Papa Hone, a kaumātua (Māori elder), as he presents the Māori perspective on mana and restorative justice, in conversation with Majid David Vowells.

Healing the Wounds of Colonialism is the third part in a three-part series hosted by the Kinship Council of North America & Oceania. Additional gatherings are on Kinship with Animals on Saturday, September 23rd and Food & Climate on Saturday, October 28th


Events are from 4-5:30 pm New York Time, 10-11:30 pm Paris Time, 10-11:30 am (Next Day) Auckland Time.

All are welcome to attend. This program is open and free to the public. Come to all or any part of the series. Video recordings of each class can be found on the Inayatiyya Vimeo page.

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Many aspects of our world are in a state of disruption—the natural world, community cohesion, a sense of respect for differences, and a sense of belonging. Where do we need to focus our attention to nurture a world that works for all? Can we help cultivate a world where animals, plants, ecological systems and disenfranchised communities all have the full respect and consideration for their well-being? This semester we will focus our attention on the care of the animal world, the food we eat, and the possibility of restorative justice for communities that have experienced colonialism. 


Dec 02 2023


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 02 2023
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm






Language: English


  • Majid Vowells
    Majid Vowells

    Majid Vowells is the Kinship representative for Aotearoa New Zealand and discovered the Sufi path when he moved here over twenty-five years ago. The Maori, Pacifica, and African cultures he has met have shown him much about the living experience of kinship. He has taught in culturally diverse schools and seen the challenges refugees face. He shares the experience of being an immigrant with his Ethiopian wife and her extended family. They have two teenage children, and Majid has grandchildren in England and Japan. He has found that the message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, and particularly the teachings on kinship are a potent way for the human family to work toward unity and peace in these times.

  • Papa Hone
    Papa Hone

    Papa Hone hails from a small place in the outback of Gisborne, New Zealand, called Tokomaru Bay. He is a practitioner of Maori language and protocols, a chairman of several Maori whakahaere, a musician, a miner, a peacemaker and an orator. He is a husband, a father of five, a son, and a grandfather. He’s also a teacher of Aotearoa (New Zealand) Histories.