Where are you from?
I am from Auckland, NZ. Currently live in South Auckland.
Describe your life right now
Right now I am in service of my community. That’s the best way I can explain this season of my life. At the moment I have stepped away from corporate employment in the pursuit of changing my community’s environment. I do events within South Auckland within some of the poorest areas of South Auckland reconnecting people with their culture and having them be okay with what their culture is.
I work with women in business and as a means to providing for their families, doing things they are passionate about and incorporating what is culturally there for them.
What’s important to you and your life?
What’s important to me and my life is that my children grow up with the power to create change, not only in their own lives but the lives of people around them, whether that be their friends, their families or their peers, as they grow that that becomes a normal part of them—not standing for the status quo in our country.
So what’s important to me in the world or my community, what’s really present for me is that I live in an area where the statistics are really high around homelessness, child poverty, and poverty. Killing our children is normal and suicide. And so we’re winning at all the statistics that are disgusting and I do see that we can take care of some of those things.
So what’s important to me is that I’m present to what’s required in the community and I assist and grow my community so we all get what we can do and what we can change and that people live a life that not only they’ve created themselves based on what they love, but they are living a life they love, created by themselves from what they’re passionate about.
Anything is truly possible with family support, with community support, with regional support, with national support. The world doesn’t have to be the way it is now. That’s what’s important to me.
What specific experiences have shaped your view?
One of the biggest events was the Christchurch earthquake. So we were a part of that.
I lived my life up and down in motivation. We had all the catch phrases like “don’t sweat the small stuff” and “just do it” and those were normal things I was coached on at work in performance but they were something i just tried on for the day or for the next target to make money and things like that.
Being in the Christchurch earthquake, having to go the toilet in buckets, not being able to eat properly and never knowing when or if you were gonna die, if you were going to go to sleep and have another earthquake and then just be dead—that really had me look at all of those quotes.
“You only live once.” You actually only live once. And actually don’t sweat the small stuff. That event was pinnacle in just being grateful for what I really have in my life. And then after that, we didn’t move back to our safe haven Auckland where all our family lived, we stayed in Christchurch and stayed with the community.
In my everyday life I see and hear things like people taking their lives due to confusion or stress or lack of something, lack of something that is available to them—homeless, people freezing to death, kids starving, being bullied, just the injustice of the world, which used to scare me, and now I’m able to make a difference by not giving up on humanity.
Mia King is a mum of 6, a business woman and community leader in South Auckland.