Paperback Guerrillas

Mana enhancing kōrero

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to the Paperback Guerrillas podcast for mana enhancing kōrero (life-improving conversations). We talk with people from all walks of life to discover tools, strategies, and insights, or even ju

DJ Spell – The Art of Following Your Dreams (#9)

Season 1, Ep. 9
“I knew from a very young age that this was what I wanted to do for my life.” — DJ SpellPaperback Guerrillas Whānau exclusive: read my favourite taonga (treasured idea) from this kōrero on our Patreon page here.DJ Spell is a world champion turntablist, B-Boy, graffiti artist, beat-maker, te reo Māori tutor, musical tutor, graphic designer, and an artist in general.Some of his credentials: 1st place in: NZ Red Bull Thre3style Battle, Australasian IDA Battle, NZ DMC Battles (twice). World DMC Online - first NZer to win an international DJ competition 2nd in the World DMC DJ BattleMany, many more.In this remote kōrero crossing the Covid lock-down borders of Aotearoa and Australia, Spell shares his journey from growing up in Hamilton under the wing of Aotearoa hip hop legends, to where he is now, travelling the world as a turntablist, living a life he loves. We talk about quitting the dream, doubling down on one focus to become great, the art of thinking differently, mentors and his intentional learning and practice routines. Spell talks about finding passion as an artist and how feedback makes a difference to confidence.We also talked a little about learning and the number of different lanes of art Spell plays in, here he is in the lane he's most known for: being a master of the DJ artform.Hit subscribe in your podcast app if you want to hear more.Enjoyed the episode? Help us record more: If you want to help us share these conversations for positive change, please help by donating here: and mentionsNga iwi o Tainui - bookQuestion: what was your favourite quote or lesson from this episode? Comment below and let us know!Support the show (

Pukapuka Episode – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey): Sam, Warena & Pera (#8)

Season 1, Ep. 8
“Don’t prioritise your schedule - schedule your priorities.” — Stephen CoveyThis is a pukapuka episode, where a few of the bros sit down and discuss a book we’ve enjoyed, break down the kaupapa and talk about applying the book’s messages and lessons in real life. These episodes are a chance to discuss books we hope empower people to live well and be well.In this episode, Sam takes us through the main points of Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a business and self-help book written to help with personal growth. We talk about putting first things first and prioritising things to get the mahi (work) done. Warena talks about his routines at work as a builder-turned-software-developer, and being a student. I talk about my routine and how I manages my time with a five-year-old, two-year-old, and my various projects on the go.  We had a lot of fun recording this one, and we hope you enjoy listening.Mauri ora,PeraHit subscribe in your podcast app if you want to hear more.Enjoyed the episode? Help us record more: If you want to help us share these conversations for positive change, please help by donating here: to leave a review so others know it's worth a listen:iTunesStep One: Open Paperback Guerrillas in iTunes. If you're not already there, tap the Search icon (on the bottom) and search for “Paperback Guerrillas” Tap the album art. Then click “View in iTunes" or "Listen on Apple Podcasts."Step Two: Once iTunes is open and you’re on the Paperback Guerrillas page, click the “Ratings and Reviews” tab.Step Three: Click the “Write a Review” button, give a star rating, and write a sentence or two about what you like about the podcast. Click ‘Submit’ and you’re done.StitcherStep One: Open the Paperback Guerrillas page on Stitcher.Step Two: Click on “Reviews”.Step Three: Give a star rating, click the ‘Write a Review’ button, share a sentence or two about what you like about the podcast, click ‘Submit,’ and you’re done.He mihi nui, a huge thank you for supporting the show:Lincoln.HoriAnnaEvotiaAramaYou guys are awesome - not only does putting these kōrero together for you to listen to take a whole bunch of time, it also costs money each month. You make that bill less painful each month, so thank you!Support the show (

Stacey Morrison - Not just about te reo Māori (#7)

Season 1, Ep. 7
“I’ve had the full spectrum from being accused of being too plastic to being criticised for being too elite. So come at me bro.” — StaceyStacey Morrison (Ngāi tahu, Te Arawa) is a māmā of three and is a taonga of TV and radio. She's a fierce advocate for te reo Māori and it's revitalisation across all of those platforms and more. She’s appeared on and hosted some of our most important TV shows from Mai Time, to It’s in the bag, and a bunch of radio, including her current gig on The Hits. Alongside her husband Scotty Morrison she co-authored Māori at Home as well as her own book My First Words in Māori.We talk about getting to the point of doing the mahi that she loves, her early career, learning te reo Māori on TV in front of Aotearoa, and the changes she’s seen in the attitudes toward Māori in TV and radio. She explains some of the challenges of being a mama in the public eye, being middle class, and being comfortable with not needing to be a struggling artist. Stacey gives her whakaaro on what te reo means and doesn’t mean when it comes to being Māori, the different experiences her own children have of Aotearoa and the struggle of identity that many Māori face. We recorded this kōrero during lockdown level 3, so Stacey is at home with her (large) mirumiru, and they feature now and then, as do mine. Stacey isn’t just an author and celebrity. I mentioned in this post on Patreon that this was quite an intimidating interview for myself and there were plenty of cringe moments I had to live through twice while editing where I stumbled my way through to the next question, but Stacey carried the kōrero so well I hope you hardly notice them… plus I edited a bunch out to make me sound like a better host than I really am! Anyway, this was one of the most inspiring and educational kōrero so far for me. I think you’ll really like it.PeraHana Tapiata / Maori Mermaid / Nuku Women / Maimoa Music/ E-Tangata/ Brene Brown/ Mauri Ora Book/ M3 Mindfulness/ He Kupu Tuku Iho bookSupport the show (

Hori - Hustling, mental health, and being an artist (#6)

Season 1, Ep. 6
“I couldn’t go into KFC and order anything, or into the mall, the doctor was like, mate this is anxiety. You need to stop drinking for a bit.” — HoriPaperback Guerrillas is the podcast for mana enhancing kōrero (life-improving conversations).In this episode, Pera Barrett sits down with Otaki based artist, Hori. They talk about how and why Hori spent years fighting te ao Māori, and how he got to the point now of embracing it in his life and art, as a student of te reo Māori. We also talk about the thought process going into a mataora moko (facial tattoo), and having a laugh at ourselves as Māori and non-Māori. We talk about when university can be a bad idea, and what us parents can do to help our children find the mahi that they love. Hori talks about facing into his ego, anger, and how his mental health led to the decision to leave the country.We hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it.Hit subscribe in your podcast app if you want to hear more.Show notes:Hustling as an artist and making money from your artMental health and the struggles of artists and teachersBeing happy without being richMoving away from te ao Māori and then coming back as a studentThe benefits of being a Māori artistResources:Hori's galleryBook: Maea te Toi Ora - Māori Health TransformationsEnjoyed the episode? Help us record more: If you want to help us share these conversations for positive change, please help by donating here: you:Lincoln.Support the show (