Artist, Mr G Hoete on Knowing Who You Are and Standing in Your Identity

You Have ValueVideoIndividual 3-5 mins
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Secondary, Whānau, Workplace


Introduce the idea that an important part of knowing that you are valuable is knowing your own identity, knowing who you are.

We walk away knowing

That it is important to feel strong in your identity, to know who you are.

Do you know who you are?

In this short video, Mr G explains that his craft of visual storytelling is important for preserving culture and identity. He explains that the Te Reo Māori word for hope, Tumanako starts with the word tu (to stand) and then mana, so stand in your mana, but how can you stand in your mana if you don't know who you are?


  • What did you think of what Mr G had to say? What stood out to you?
  • Do you feel confident in your identity?
  • What different things combine to make up your identity?
  • Did you know that the word for hope in Te Reo Māori means standing in your mana, looking to the future. What does this add to your idea of hope?
  • What can you do if you're not feeling secure in who you are?

Next step?

  • Why not explore some ideas to create some visual storytelling about your identity?