Kia ora koutou,
In Mā Purapura Mai, our Māori lived experience leadership programme we held one of our kanohi ki te kanohi wānanga in Te Tai Tokerau on the 30th of July.
We welcomed our rōpū with a mihi whakatau, we connected with each other through whanaungatanga. Then we explored the whakapapa of Te Kete Pounamu, Te Rau Ora and Mā Purapura Mai. Facilitator Rose Heta then took the rōpū through the learnings of the day, which include our lived experience Māori leadership model. These wānanga allow for all of us to be transparent, honest and vulnerable with each other. As such, it was a beautiful and emotional day where everyone felt connected, supported, and inspired throughout the day.
Te Tai Tokerau Rōpū
On the 5th of August, we connected again with our virtual rōpū for our wānanga topic ‘Amplifying the Voice’ facilitated by Kerri Butler. In this wānanga, we explored how each of us might use our kōrero both individually and collectively to influence positive health outcomes for Māori. We looked at each of our communication preferences, and the different perspectives, strengths and challenges we all have when communicating with others. We explored the challenges we might face when communicating with those that have different communication preferences to our own and how we can turn these challenges into opportunities. It was a fantastic wānanga of self-reflection and shared understanding.
Virtual Wānanga from top left to bottom right: Aroha Crosbie, Codey Bell, Jacqueline Ritete, Sasha Toia, Leon Dawson, Rhonda Robertson, Kerri Butler, Mat Connolly
Many of our Tāmaki Makaurau North Shore Rōpū have expressed how much they enjoyed our last wānanga on the 23rd of July and are very much looking forward to when we can all meet again once restrictions are lifted.
Tāmaki Makaurau – North Shore Rōpū
We are currently postponing Mā Purapura Mai kanohi ki te kanohi wānanga until a date where we all feel safe and comfortable connecting with each other in the same physical space.
Kaiwhakarearea, Te Kete Pounamu
Te Rau Ora