Makanaka Tuwe

Kaituhi Tūtahi | Contributing Writer

Makanaka Tuwe is a researcher, storyteller and cultural producer whose practice explores the themes of liberation, worldmaking and relational wellness. Her work flows at the intersections of embodied care, collective wellness and social justice. You can find her at Sesa Mathlo Apothecary, co-creating and designing initiatives and healing balms that address the collective trauma caused by inequities.

Everything By: Makanaka Tuwe


In this exchange, Zina Abu Ali and Makanaka Tuwe reflect on how rainbow capitalism and pinkwashing obscure violence, tug on our belongingness wounds, and erase the abolitionist history of the Pride movement.


In a series of travel diary-entries, Makanaka Tuwe navigates space to question the systems that sustain the conditions of visibility, invisibility and erasure.


Tower Card Energy

Makanaka Tuwe on things falling apart and Saturn making sure they do – changed friendships, new lovers and tower card energy.


Recentring the Bush

The mainstream wellness industry is repackaging traditional healing practices. Makanaka Tuwe invites us to reflect on the repackaging and our choices around 'self-care'.


When It All Falls Down in the Twittersphere

Makanaka Tuwe takes a look at seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Silo Theatre’s latest offering about the nature of friendship, colourism and cultural appropriation.


Makanaka Tuwe claims the narratives, traditions and cultures of musicians of African descent in Aotearoa as the centre.


Artist and producer Mazbou Q has been on a roll this year, releasing new tracks every fortnight. Makanaka Tuwe sits down with him to speak about Black New Zealand identity and the power of dreams.


Projectile Solidarity

What happens when social capital, social media and social justice collide?


Standing in line for supermarkets is a new experience for many, but not for Makanaka Tuwe. She reflects on her past in Zimbabwe, and how Covid-19 has impacted many displaced people over the world.


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