Ko Whanganui tōku awa
Ko Aotea tōku waka
Ko Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi tōku iwi
Ko Longburn Palmerston North tōku kainga
Ko Forrest-Haitana tōku whānau
Ko Maureen Imelda tōku whaea
Ko Brian Peter tōku matua
Ko Patricia Forrest-Haitana tōku ingoa

Trish Forrest-Haitana

Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi

I was born in Palmerston North but whānau moved to Marton when I was 2 years old.
I was brought up in a very mentally ill home, with my mother, who I recall visiting in institutions all my life. I would catch her crying at the bench one day and turn to a lady who was sent to take care of us.
This was a tumultuous time for me, it was not until my father passed away that I was made aware that what mum suffered with mental illness. Although I suffered from polio as a child, I never lived with mental illness as an adult, however, I believe I have lived experience due to my upbringing.
Working with Lived Experience has been a healing journey for me in moving through my past hurts and learning to accept the path I have travelled and has encouraged me to help others through the process.
Through my waiata and Mana Beats, it has filled me with so much Aroha that I hope I am able to share with many, as it has been the best experience of my life. It has allowed me to express myself through waiata. I was not told what to write, I have been allowed the space to write my own lyrics to the songs which has been so special to me.