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.