Kia ora tātau, ko Dan Kelly tōku ingoa. I’m a tauiwi Pākehā kei Aotearoa, a writer and poet, aspiring anarchist, gardener and academic. [As with much of what’s shared here, such categorisation is non-exclusive: it’s true, but doesn’t define the whole.] My ancestry is largely Irish, from Aughleam in County Mayo, Ballyheigue in County Kerry, and a few other, less specified spots in County Cork, County Donegal and County Clare – with a smattering of Scots and English in the mix too. My first ancestors to arrive in Aotearoa hailed from Angus in Scotland, landing in Pōneke i te tau 1841. Here’s a pic of that great great great [deep breath] great grandmother, Agnes Buick née Stevens.
While both sides of my family stretch back several generations in New Zealand, largely around the lower North Island, I was born in London, spent my early infancy in Genoa then grew up in Wellington at the head of the fish, never too far from the sea. I studied at the University of Auckland, have rambled a bit in between, and am now back living and working in Tāmaki Makaurau.
The last few years have seen me grow increasingly certain in my politics, with the writing shared here an attempt to both formalise and extend my learnings to any interested. Feedback, critique, and questions are all welcome 🙂
For more ranting, see twitter: @kellydanc