About Poh Lin Lee
I was born in a little town in the South West of Western Australia to a mother with Scottish ancestry and a father from Penang, Malaysia with Nyonya/Baba, Teochew and Thai ancestry.
Growing up crisscrossing between countries, homes and cultures have contributed to my curiosity for the politics of belonging and the possibilities for carrying ‘home in the heart’ in nomadic ways. In work, this exploration has seen me train as a social worker, take up therapeutic practice and in particular Narrative ideas.
Over the past 10 years my work has crossed borders from Mongolia to Benin to Christmas Island to Malaysia to Palestine to Turkey to Ukraine to Belgium to Germany and Singapore.
I started out responding to families experiencing violence. Continuing the journey in responding to trauma I had the opportunity to start working with people affected by state violence, persecution, war and displacement.
Over three years on Christmas Island, Australia, I was responding to newly arrived asylum seekers who had experienced torture and trauma. Learning side by side with people seeking asylum I have been actively emphasising the social justice/human rights narratives in responding to multiple, ongoing injustices. I am passionate in advocating a move away from individualistic pathologising descriptions and practices in relation to trauma and instead linking individual experience to the wider socio-political context.
Alongside therapeutic work and training I am involved in documentary film development and consultation – weaving narrative ideas to support film makers and those whose stories they are receiving.
I am a member of the Dulwich Centre’s International faculty and is currently based in France working in supervision, counselling and training across a number of countries.
“Research in the Maori World”
Keynote address by John and Hilary Mitchell
John and Hilary Mitchell have operated as Mitchell Research for nearly thirty years. They have completed hundreds of reports on social investigations and Maori issues, including evidence for the Waitangi Tribunal. They have published a number of books, including the four-volume series “Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka: A History of Maori of Nelson and Marlborough”.
John Mitchell (Ngati Tama, Te Atiawa, Taranaki Tuturu, Ngati Toarangatira and Ngati Kinohaku) is tangata whenua of Mohua (Golden Bay). He has lectured in psychology at the University of Canterbury and was school director of the Cobham Outward Bound School in Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough. He has been a trustee of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust and commissioner of Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission), and has represented Maori interests on a number of national bodies. Locally John has been involved in iwi and pan-iwi affairs.
Hilary Mitchell, of West Coast Irish stock, has been a secondary school teacher, a Nelson City Councillor, a trustee of the Tasman Bays Heritage Trust, and a Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology council member.
During 2009-2010, the Mitchells were joint holders of the J D Stout Research Fellowship in New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and in 2010-2012 they held research fellowships at Aotahi: School of Maori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. These appointments facilitated much of the basic research and drafting of Volume IV of “Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka”.