Transwoman Gemmah Huriwai (Ngāti Porou) was inspired by Carmen, the pioneering Wellington transgender activist and performer. Huriwai has always retained strong links with her family, and runs courses in Māori tikanga and language at drug-treatment centre Odyssey House in Auckland. With several others she founded Ngā Kaimahi o te Pō (Workers of the Night), a group aiming to improve the sexual health of street sex workers.
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