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The Aroha Project

The Aroha Project delves into the world of New Zealand's youth, and smashes open the realities of acceptance, bullying and suicide in this community.

Created by Mika Haka and directed by Ramon Te Wake, The Aroha Project is a six-part series profiling a range of young Maori and Pacific youth and their journeys of self-love and acceptance.

Each person profiled has stepped forward and shared their story in the hope of helping other kids who might feel isolated and alone. 

In the first episode we meet Jess, a Samoan New Zealander who has been on a journey of acceptance with herself and her heritage. Jess has experienced a lifetime of what she calls underhanded cultural bullying. 

She shares her story to shine a light on the reality of racism in New Zealand.  

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