Takunda Muzondiwa

Takunda is a Mt Albert Grammar school student and orator whose recent speech at The 2019 Race Unity Speech Awards made global headlines.

She speaks about the challenges faced by her and other members of the diaspora as they struggle to maintain a strong connection to their culture. Her own experience as a dispora community helped her realise the commonalities with other minority groups going through the same experience, like Māori people here in Aotearoa experiencing their language fade right before them.

Through her words, Takunda is determined to speak up and bring awareness to the systemic ways in which cultural erasure is enforced and encourage people to take action to prevent this.