Te hira tangata ki Waikato, ki Raukawa ki Maniapoto, ki Hauraki


Keynote Speaker Topics

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Ani Mikaere

Striving to become redundant: How the community sector can honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The colonial state of New Zealand has been built upon a foundation of economic inequality, quite literally constructed on lands and resources stolen from tangata whenua in direct breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Moreover, government policy over the past three decades has resulted in an unprecedented concentration of wealth in the hands of the few, impacting particularly harshly on those already rendered vulnerable by colonisation.

This presentation explores the consequences of this history for community groups who seek to work with tangata whenua in a way that honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It suggests that the work of community groups will be done when political power is returned to tangata whenua, rendering support from external agencies unnecessary—in other words, that a commitment to Te Tiriti requires those within the community sector to work towards their own redundancy.

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Erinna and Chris Lane

Interactive storytelling - learnings from Stop the Bus

The Stop the Bus project seeks to address child abuse and influence people to be a part of the solution. The barrier to influence is that this is not a topic that people freely want to engage in. We thought we could achieve a powerful and real influence by including stakeholders in the storytelling process. We hoped that this would lead to more authentic engagement and that people would become invested as they too feel a part of the initiative, its creation and journey to success. It is easy to fall into the trap of communicating only to those who are already engaged. Unfortunately, this does not help if we are trying to influence others outside that circle. How then, can we bring people closer, so they can see? We will share our direct experience and learnings from Stop the Bus as well as special behind-the-scenes footage of what authentic storytelling looked like for us.

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Henare O'Keefe

Relationships are the real currency

Relationships are at the heart of everything we do. They are the foundation of whether we succeed or fail. The nurturing of relationships more often than not is the last thing we focus on - be it in business or otherwise. Concentrate on the soft infrastructure and the bricks and mortar will follow.

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Michael Moore
Retelling stories

In front of me stands a tall Māori pou, a grand carving rooted in the earth and reaching towards the sky. I am told that it holds all the secrets of life. As I view each intricately carved section new layers of what it means to be human are revealed. From the moment I see the first design, my wisdom and knowledge expand and I am infinitely changed. I attempt to move, to examine the other sides of the pou, to climb higher and see what's above, to kneel down and read what is written upon the roots where the pou digs into the earth but I cannot move, my feet are stuck and my body is stiff, my gaze fixated on a singe section of the pou, a single part of the meaning of life, soon this becomes all the truth I know. 

At the heart of retelling stories, is the idea of valuing all perspectives, all voices and all people because each of us see life from a unique standpoint and each of us add to the beauty and intricacy of the pou or more so, life. In this sense, no story is more valuable than the other and all must be told if we ever hope to see the human experience in it's full magnificence. In this talk, we will use indigenous story telling techniques to learn how to value our position and story in life, discuss the identity of the inner-child, consider the importance of having a unique voice and look at practical ways to use stories to strengthen community.