Becki Moss

Being Teen

New Zealand Geographic journalists and photographers followed the trials and tribulations of nine teens for almost a year to create a picture of a generation we sometimes deride, often misunderstand, and almost never listen to. These are their stories.


A place to stand

Nō hea koe? Where are you from? In te ao Māori, it’s the first and most important question to ask—because your place, and the place of your people, shapes who you are.


How to save a life

Fifteen years ago, Search and Rescue foresaw a crisis: most of its volunteers were men over 40, and as the years ticked by, they were going to struggle with the gnarly climbs, river crossings and long days so often required to find those who are lost. But would young people be altruistic enough to step up?


Let the Taiaha be a vessel

Almost every year since 1973, tāne Māori of all ages have travelled to an uninhabited island in Lake Rotorua to train in the traditional art of taiaha. They learn how to hold an ahae, or defensive posture, how to perform a poua, or strike, and how to lay down a wero, or ceremonial challenge. But there’s something deeper in play: the wānanga connects modern people to old knowledge, and to each other, and that changes them. It’s become a place of second chances.