Every year pride parades celebrate LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) culture and pride. But Wellington takatāpui (Māori LGBTI) activist, Kassie Hartendorp, feels alienated from the flamboyant festivity. "It’s glittery, it’s fun, it’s fabulous. It feels empty. I don’t really know what the point is sometimes, you know.” In this Loading Doc short documentary, Hartendorp talks about wanting pride celebrations to be more inclusive of takatāpui. She faces a dilemma when her takatāpui kapa haka group are invited to perform at the Wellington Pride Parade.
Takatāpui once meant an intimate companion of the same sex. Nowadays it's used to mean Māori who have diverse genders and sexualities. I really enjoy the word because I think it brings me as Māori and brings me as queer together. I feel like it's a more whole identity of who I am.– Kassie Hartendorp on being queer and Māori
Made with funding from NZ On Air, as well as Te Māngai Pāho, the NZ Film Commission and Lotto