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


Conference Programme

 Day 1: Wednesday 13 November 2019

* Please note: Conference Programme is subject to change

8.00  - 9.00 

Welcoming committee

Community Waikato team and Board


9.00  - 10.00 

Introductions & housekeeping

Taki and Ratau Turner

Lenadeen Simpson
Holly Snape


10.00 - 10.35

Community Waikato Brand story
Rapid Storytelling event - What's your story? 

Kim Cable
Curative team -
Eddy Royal and
Red Nicholson


10.35 - 10.50

Morning tea



10.50 - 11.30

Keynote speaker
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.
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Ani Mikaere


11.35 - 12.15

Workshops (choose 1 to attend)



Workshop 1: Story driven culture change  

  • How culture really works – the ‘iceberg principle
  • Changing negative culture metaphors
  • Moving from mandate to mission based leadership
  • The story-driven culture process 
  • Why stories are so powerful
  • Uncovering the hidden gold in your business
  • How to address anti-stories 
  • Using success stories to embed change

Steve Ballantyne
Story IQ


Workshop 2: Navigation, Exploration, Discovery
This workshop will have a specific focus on the navigation stories from a Pacific Island perspective, and how this initial journey can lead on to opportunities of exploration and discovery. Our lives are centered around the three main themes of Navigation, exploration and discovery and this workshop will take you on a journey on how the past, has a profound impact on the present, and how we can use these findings to discover a brighter future for our communities. 
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Julius Daniel Mata


Workshop 3:  Journeying through life
Digital storytelling is a progressive methodology that makes meaning by putting the person in the driver seat of the storytelling process. Since 2009 Interactionz has partnered with Digital Storytelling Aotearoa to explore personal and organisational transformation through digital storytelling. This workshop celebrates the life journey of Var, from a teenager attending the Interactionz day service to the woman she is today working for Interactionz and (by the time of the conference will be) a mother!  The context and content of Var’s stories provide insight into person driven practice, active citizenship and social change, while exploring her unique vision of a ‘good life’.
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Var Crompton
Elaine Bliss
Janelle Fisher


  Workshop 4: Turner Whānau Papakāinga – 25 years of realising Māori potential
It all started with a whānau plan through Whānau Ora With the support of the Māori Housing Network led by Te Puni Kōkiri the Turner whānau now have a place to call home with the completion of an 8-bedroom papakāinga in Ngaruawāhia. In addition to building their home, they have established a whānau Trust and created a thriving mussel fritter business. Te Puni Kōkiri proudly partners with Māori communities, whānau, hapū and iwi.
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Miriama Tilly Turner  
  Workshop 5: Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi
The Graeme Dingle Foundation want Aotearoa to be the best place in the world to be young. We want to help our tamariki and rangatahi understand that what they have inside is greater than any obstacle.
This whakataukī talks to community, to collaboration and a strengths-based approach. In this workshop, we’ll share the kaupapa of the Graeme Dingle Foundation and hear stories from young people and mentors in our Waikato programmes. We’ll discuss Lerner’s 5C’s of positive youth development and share frameworks you can use to support young people to become confident contributors who enable change in their communities.

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Michelle Daly
Michaela Latimer

12.15 pm - 1.15 



Gamekeepers restaurant

1.15 pm - 1.55 pm

Workshops (choose 1 to attend)



Workshop 1: Unleashing Māori Ambition
The aim of Puna Waiora is to unleash and empower Māori ambition for high achievement and success. Our kaupapa Māori support system was launched with a vision to flood the health sector with Māori professionals.
Puna Waiora works in Māori-medium and mainstream secondary schools across the Waikato region, supporting rangatahi from Year 9 education through tertiary study and on to successful meaningful employment
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Tamati Peni
Puna Waiora


Workshop 2: Stories of community governance
We are all familiar with Drucker’s quote, “culture eats strategy for breakfast every day”, yet most governance advice is about how we do strategy well.   However, in this workshop we will gather and discuss stories about governance in our sector.  Stories can tell us much about the culture of our boards. Using appreciative inquiry, we will share stories of effective governance and consider ways of building a great board culture.  The focus will be on taking a relationship-based approach to building great governance.   

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Dr Bev Gatenby


Workshop 3: Multi-disciplinary approach to vulnerable older people
This presentation details a success story involving how health, NGO’s and business have worked together to improve the lives for older vulnerable people. Today, staff from Age Concern Hamilton, a Nurse Practitioner from Waikato DHB and representatives of other agencies will share their success story of a collaborative model.
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Jeni Hawker
Age Concern Hamilton


Workshop 4: Mārama Hinātore: A glimmer of hope
Mārama Hinātore is a partnership between three organisations providing family support social services to the Matamata-Piako district. The compelling motivation for this relationship is our shared vision of a future where every child born in Matamata-Piako has the same start as every other child when they begin school. A future where every individual is able to achieve their fullest potential. Each of our organisations brings individual strengths and a variety of specialised services to this collaboration. During this workshop we will tell the story of our journey, partnering with families across the Matamata-Piako district so that all families with unique and varied needs are able to work toward their own self-determined goals. 
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Jo McIntosh
Josie Rapana
Julie Addenbrooke-Moss
Karen Stockmann
Mārama Hinātore


Workshop 5: Oranga Marae - The Marae Development Plan

At the centre of marae development are the dreams and aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi. In 2018 Te Tari Taiwhenua (Internal Affairs) & Te Puni Kōkiri partnered together to create a joint fund to support whānau, hapū and iwi to work together in defining, planning and achieving their dreams and aspirations for the cultural and physical development of their marae.

The marae development plan is a key aspect of this fund. In this workshop community advisors Mary Wilson and David Paitai will outline the process of gathering your whānau stories, dreams and aspirations to see where you have come from, to know where you are and where you want to be.
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Mary Wilson
David Paitai

2.05 pm - 2.40

Keynote speakers
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.

Chris and Erinna Lane Stop the Bus


2.40 - 2.55

Afternoon tea



2.55 - 4.30

Open Space

Karen Stockmann
Community Waikato


4.30 - 4.45

What's your story?
Rapid Storytelling Event update



4.45 - 5.00 Summary of Day 1 Community Waikato team  

5.00 - 6.30




6:30 pm

Dinner and Entertainment

  Gamekeepers restaurant

Day 2: Thursday 14 November 2019

8.30 - 9.00


Community Waikato team


9.00 - 9.40

Keynote speaker
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.

Henare O'Keefe


9.40 am - 10.20

Workshops (choose 1 to attend)



  Workshop 1: Stories from home
Housing is a fundamental human right. Habitat supports low income families with housing programmes that include home ownership, home repair and secure tenure rental. Families bring with them stories of the challenges of living in sub-standard, cold and damp homes and the impact that environment has on their wellbeing. Unfortunately, this all happens, literally, behind closed doors.  This workshop will investigate the use of story telling to capture the power of a home and its impact on not just family wellbeing but the community in which they live. 
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Nic Greene
Tracey Cameron
  Workshop 2: A handful of ways to facilitate authentic storytelling
Social media is a very powerful platform for telling our stories.  But it also puts huge pressure on many of us (and our organisations), to present an ‘awesome’ self to the world.  It seems that to tell a good and persuasive story, we must be exceptional or sensational otherwise people won’t be interested and no one will listen.  Worse, they might shame us.  We certainly cannot show who we really are or put our true selves out there. We - or our organisation - land up wearing masks, which serve to disengage others from us. Together we’ll look at how authenticity is a powerful antidote to this.
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Ruth Osborne  
  Workshop 3: Harnessing the power of stories for social change
To begin, we will briefly discuss the power of a single story to challenge people’s thinking, the need for new ways of talking about complex issues, and the power of stories in being a change agent to facilitate new ways of thinking and talking about such issues. Following this we will workshop ways you can harness your stories and knowledge of your community group write policies, communicate with local councils and/or DHB’s, and contribute to national-level change. Particular focus will be given to how a single story, or a group of stories, can be used to powerfully advocate for policy change and garnering support.
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Dr Rebekah Graham  
  Workshop 4: What can happen when hope walks into the room
This presentation will tell the story of the innovative, social impact start-up called ‘RAW’ (Reclaim Another Woman) and its quest to break the ever-growing intergenerational cycle of recidivist offending, educational underachievement, persistent poverty and violence for a group of New Zealand women aged 18 – 50.   
Join Annah Stretton - fashion designer, social entrepreneur and founder of RAW as she shares a journey filled with triumph and failure, courage and fear.
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Annah Stretton  
  Workshop 5: Iti te kupu, nui te whakaaro: Behind small words sits a whole depth of thought and meaning
Strategic Planning for marae, different or the same? Distilling a vision statement for marae can be as much about where we’ve come from as where we are going. Packing as much into a statement as possible, that’s the same. Using as few words as possible, yep that’s the same as well, making it relevant for your target audience, ditto. And yes the vision statement should stir the emotions, inspire and motivate a change in behaviour and be the navigational star that served the ancestors for thousands of years. So what is different? This workshop looks at where the touch points for finding that vision statement might be? Gary Thompson, the Kaiwhakarite for Community Waikato will share his experiences in helping marae find that statement and present a few examples
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Gary Thompson
Community Waikato

10.20 - 10.35

Morning Tea



10.35 - 11.15 Workshops (choose 1 to attend)    
  Workshop 1: Courageous Conversations - Breaking the silence that protects leaders who are domestic violence abusers

Even though there is information out there about domestic violence, there remains a code of silence that protects leaders who are abusers.  This presentation explores themes from quarterly community conversations hosted by Te Whariki Manawahine O Hauraki, focusing on Leadership and Breaking the Silence around Domestic Violence.   A panel of community members participate in facilitated conversations about the topic and following this the audience are placed into groups to discuss what they have heard and what they can realistically do when it comes to breaking the silence that protects community leaders who are alleged abusers. 
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Tania Weidenbohm
Tania Wihongi
Denise Messiter 

Hauraki Refuge
  Workshop 2: How to replace your Strategic Plans with Strategic stories
Many big corporates long ago abandoned traditional company-wide strategic plans and have started using more creative techniques to better effect. This is an even better approach for your average community organisation. Uncovering and carefully using the right strategic stories can be more effective than your usual strategic plan (and much more fun). This interactive session will introduce the basic ideas behind this approach and give you the opportunity to try out what both the content of strategic stories could look like, and in what ways you could best put them to use in your organisation.
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Garth Nowland-Foreman  
  Workshop 3: Community Wellbeing - roles of local Government
This presentation tells the story of the Hamilton Halo project in bringing back Tui to the City. It is a story of collaboration, of science, planning and politics. It is a story of cities and biodiversity. Improving the environmental health of our city and wider region is important to me, it is important to the community. It is also a vital part of sustainability. When Project Halo was developed over 10 years ago there was significant resistance from the community, funders and decision makers. However, today the project is a huge success and the wider community value it.
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Paula Southgate  
  Workshop 4: Staying true to your colours: a case study examining the self-discovery of Kaupapa
In 2015, True Colours Children Health Trust formed a partnership with strategic marketing consultancy HGB and started a journey of self-discovery to gain clarity around their purpose, values and messaging. Discover the collaborative process undertaken by HGB and True Colours that helped them define their Kaupapa and make tangible differences across their organisation, including funding success, community awareness and ongoing support.  
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Cynthia Ward
Jacqui Gage-Brown
  Workshop 5: Ko Te Mana Marae - Holistic Funding towards Holistic Outcomes 

This workshop aims to increase the narrative available of the opportunities that lie within holistic funding.  Holistic funding provides opportunities to bring mana to the dreams and aspirations that can be realised within a marae.  The workshop will provide an opportunity for open discussion on strategies and models of funding that are marae-centric.  With marae at the centre of our thinking the tangible and intangible outcomes are endless not only for marae members but for their wider communities.  The workshop will discuss current models where marae are required to ‘chop themselves up’ into pieces to align to a range of funding models, and proposes a holistic funding model that empower marae, hapu and iwi to find a fund that suits their aspirations rather than writing an aspiration to suit a fund.  It is the presenters hope that meaningful engagement occurs in the workshop that can begin meaningful relationships for the future.

Heremaia Samson & Glenda Taituha  

11.15 - 11.55

Keynote speaker
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 single 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.

Michael Moore
Creative Waikato


11.55 pm - 1.00



Gamekeepers restaurant

1.00 - 1.40

Workshops (choose 1 to attend)



Workshop 1: SEEC to regenerate our future
NZ has the 3rd fastest growing economy yet the 2nd worst social statistics. How can business skills and resources assist communities to change these appalling statistics?
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Adrienne and Gary Dalton


Workshop 2: Accelerating collaboration and effective partnerships
Are you thinking about collaboration but not sure where to start? Or wanting to improve partnerships you already have? Perhaps you have ideas but aren't sure how to get them off the ground? Then come along to this action-packed workshop to help you develop and grow your relationships with other organisations.
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Jo Wrigley
Anna Casey-Cox
Camilla Carty-Melis


Workshop 3: Staying motivated through storytelling
Storytelling inspires others who struggle with similar issues. Sharing of experience gives people the knowledge that they are not alone.  Finding ways to stay nourished when you face challenges / obstacles that can deplete your energy.  Core beliefs that keep you in a job that isn’t always easy.  From our struggles comes the most significant growth
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Marion Baird
William Morris


Workshop 4: Prioritising the relationships that count
Identifying external stakeholders is one thing. Knowing how to prioritise and leverage these relationships is another. What if you could shrink your list of 100 stakeholders down to 5 and get better results from narrowing your focus? Well, you can.
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Amanda Hema  
1.40 - 3.00 Open Space Karen Stockmann  

3.00 - 3.15

Afternoon tea



3.15 - 4.00

Rapid Storytelling event - What's your story? 
Pacrticipants in the 'What's your story' event will present back to us their stories they developed over the 2 days of conference 

Curative team and participants


4.00 - 4.15

Summary and Feedback



4:15 - 4.30


Taki Turner