the grill

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - NEWS - Pho­to­graph by Jae Frew / Words by Britt Mann

Af­ter 13 years abroad, the time ar­rived for Ta­nia Page to re­turn home.

Page had been work­ing for Al Jazeera English – first in Lon­don, then in Johannesburg as the net­work’s South­ern Africa cor­re­spon­dent. Within three months in the job, she wit­nessed 34 min­ers shot dead by po­lice at Marikana. The mas­sacre in 2012 was the dead­li­est use of force against civil­ians by se­cu­rity forces since the Apartheid era. Page can still re­mem­ber lines from the story she filed. “It’s just one of those sto­ries that writes it­self.”

Now a re­porter for TVNZ’s Sun­day, Page, who is from the Far North, re­lo­cated to Auck­land with her pho­to­jour­nal­ist hus­band and their two sons, aged 1 and 3, in Fe­bru­ary. The boys had be­gun say­ing things like “Mom” and “braai”. The cou­ple wanted to con­nect their kids to their wh nau, whenua and whaka­papa. “I know that there’ll al­ways be an­other coun­try and there’ll al­ways be an­other story,” Page says.

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