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


Conference Workshops

Day 1: Wednesday 13 November 2019


11.35 - 12.15

Workshop 1: Story driven culture change  

Steve Ballantyne

  • 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
Workshop 2: Navigation, Exploration, Discovery

Julius Daniel Mata

The purpose of this workshop is to take you on a journey of navigation, exploration and 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. This workshop will have specific references to the Cook Islands People migration to New Zealand, how this has impacted the children of this migration pattern in particular those in the South Waikato, and how these opportunities have paved the way for a positive future with specific reference to the South Waikato YMCA. The workshop aims at highlighting the key theme of leadership in communities and how this can be best fostered to have positive outcomes for all. 


Workshop 3:  Journeying through life: Var, Interactionz and Digital Storytelling

Var Crompton, Elaine Bliss, Janelle Fisher

Interactionz has over 50 years of stories of organisational and personal transformation.    Interactionz believes that telling one’s own story is an act of empowerment (Rappaport, 2000).  Historically the stories of persons with disabilities were largely untold or, at best, told by a third party.  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’.

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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Workshop 5:  Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

Michelle Daly, Michaela Latimer

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.


1.15 pm - 1.55 pm

Workshop 1: Unleashing Māori Ambition
Tamati Peni

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

Workshop 2: Stories of community governance
Dr Bev Gatenby

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.   

 Dr Bev Gatenby is a consultant, facilitator and coach in the community and government sectors.   She is passionate about social justice and the contribution the community and voluntary sector makes to our wellbeing.  Bev is currently Co-Chair of the Waikato Plan Leadership Group and a member of the Charities Registration Board.  She has previously held both regional and national leadership roles in the sector.

Workshop 3: Success Story: Multi-disciplinary approach to vulnerable older people
Brent Nielsen

This presentation details a success story involving how health, NGO’s and business have worked together to improve the lives for older vulnerable people.
An organic relationship formed of like minded, values driven people, whose collaboration over common clients and “tricky” referrals led to information sharing, avoidance of duplication, overcoming boundaries and positive outcomes for the clients whose lives they entered.
The common thread is sensible, team approaches from individuals and a like-minded desire to improve services and efficiency.
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.


Workshop 4: Mārama Hinātore: A glimmer of hope
Jo McIntosh, Josie Rapana, Julie Addenbrooke-Moss, Karen Stockmann

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. A journey where our collaborative relationship helps give a stronger voice to local concerns and issues relevant to our community.
We will share what we have learnt along the way, both the successes and the challenges. It is our hope that by sharing our story we will inspire and affirm.
Workshop 5: Oranga Marae - The Marae Development Plan
Mary Wilson, David Paitai

“It's seeing where you're going in your mind. Knowing where you are by knowing where you've been.” - Maui, shapeshifter, demigod of the wind and sea, hero of men and women.

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. You will learn to utilise available resources to engage your whānau, hapū and iwi in order to create a marae development plan that connects past, present and future and ensure the sustainable development of your marae.

While all interested attendees are welcome, marae trustees, iwi/hapū leaders, marae beneficiaries and whānau members of marae would benefit most from this session.

Day 2: Thursday 14 November 2019

9.40am - 10.20am

Workshop 1: Stories from home

Nic Greene, Tracey Cameron

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. We will also look at how partnerships in this space increase the impact and reach of our programmes in the more remote parts of the central north island. 


Workshop 2: A handful of ways to facilitate authentic storytelling

Ruth Osborne

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. We’ll revisit ways we as community practitioners can facilitate the kinds of environments which enable authentic, strong, clear and powerful stories to be told, which lead to stronger people – whether that’s an individual or an organisational team. 


Workshop 3: Harnessing the power of stories for social change

Dr Rebekah Graham

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. Bring with you your ideas and the specific changes you wish to achieve, so we can workshop how to craft a case to illustrate your key ideas and communicate your specific points clearly and concisely.

Workshop 4: What can happen when hope walks into the room

Annah Stretton

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.  This presentation will not only demonstrate just how potent a tool storytelling is for healing, learning and bringing communities together, but it will also help to remind us that, for all of our differences, there is much that we share.  

The success of RAW's work in surrounding female offenders with all the skills, confidence, and support they need to turn a life of crime into a life of promise has been acknowledged through numerous awards and most importantly, by NZ Corrections.


Workshop 5:  Iti te kupu, nui te whakaaro: Behind small words sits a whole depth of thought and meaning

Gary Thompson

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

The ancestors used whakatauki or a metaphorical verse to portray their ideas, concepts and principles. “Iti te kupu, nui te whakaaro” is one such verse. Gary’s proposition is that the use of poetry or metaphorical verse is as relevant in Marae Development as it might be anywhere else.


10.35am - 11.15am

Workshop 1:  Courageous Conversations - Breaking the silence that protects leaders who are domestic violence abusers

Tania Weidenbohm, Tania Wihongi, Denise Messiter

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.  

The purpose of Courageous Conversations is to contribute to strengthening communities through their stories, giving agency to community thinking, knowledge and ways of addressing leadership and domestic violence. These forums also provide us with the opportunity to make real-time service changes led by community voice and intelligence.  

Workshop 2:  How to replace your Strategic plans with Strategic stories

Garth Nowland-Foreman

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.

Workshop 3:  Community Wellbeing - roles of local Government

Paula Southgate

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.

How this happened, why it happened and how we use what we learned is story that is worth telling. 

Our biodiversity remains at threat. There is more to be done. Building on Halo and other successes locally and internationally we can begin to write more great stories.


Workshop 4:  Staying true to your colours: a case study examining the self-discovery of Kaupapa

Cynthia Ward, Jacqui Gage-Brown

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.  

We all have an important story to tell, in a busy charitable sector we need people outside of our own organisations to understand us. Gaining clarity around our purpose, values and messaging and infusing symbolism and meaning into our organisation allows us to strengthen our story. It gives us a solid foundation upon which we can build sustainable strategies. 

Discovering this requires expertise, often external lenses, and courageous conversations. Along the way, powerful partnerships can be built, with collaboration, empowerment and growth across the working teams. As a charity, there is a lot that can be offered to the corporate world, in return for their investment.

Workshop 5:  Ko te Mana Marae - Holistic Funding towards Holistic Outcomes 

Heremaia Samson and Glenda Taituha

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.

1.00pm - 1.40pm

Workshop 1:  SEEC to regenerate our future

Adrienne and Gary Dalton

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?

Te Whangai Trust was founded by Gary & Adrienne Dalton after a personal tragedy, to pilot sustainable ways of upskilling our vulnerable with complex issues to turn around these statistics. The key was nurturing and harnessing the latent skills within our people for community good.

Since 2007 they have developed 5 community led hubs with public, private, philanthropic and community partners to harness the strengths within each community and meet the needs. Each hub focuses on a whare tapa wha kaupapa Maori philosophy that achieves 4 wellbeings and 4 outcomes: Social, Environmental, Economic and Cultural (SEEC).

Alongside key NZ Inc Corporates and sponsored by Datacom, they are developing a datacube- a measurement tool to highlight Corporate and Community outcomes in theses 4 areas and through Corporate Social Responsibility direct skills and resources to create systems change within NZ.
Workshop 2:  Accelerating collaboration and effective partnerships

Jo Wrigley, Anna Casey-Cox, Camilla Carty-Melis

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. Jo Wrigley, Manager at Go Eco, will begin by sharing some of the strengths and challenges to creating effective inter-organisational partnerships. Then, Anna and Camilla will help you identify opportunities and develop a plan for creating collaborations specific to your organisation. We guarantee you'll leave with new ideas, new energy, and new friends!


Workshop 3:  Staying motivated through storytelling

Marion Baird, William Morris

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.  

Why are we here? What are the stories/ narrative you tell yourself that both help and or hinder you? Discover the driving factors that enable you to make a difference and or create a new script to help you and others.  Allowing progress and hindrances to sit side by side. 

The impact of your clients stories, on your motivation to work where you do, and on your organisation’s story.  The value clients’ stories have on our personal and professional journey.

Self-nourishment that fills our cup. How do we make time for these?
Working with vulnerable, stressed people and sustaining resilience and wellbeing.

Celebrate successes.
Workshop 4:  Prioritising the relationships that count

Amanda Hema

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.

This fast-paced workshop will guide you through a simple process that will help you think systematically about the relationships that can contribute the most to your services and projects. 
You’ll come away knowing how to invest your time in the most valuable relationships for your organisation and feeling confident about prioritising your engagement efforts. 
Come to this workshop with a specific project objective or a key result you want to achieve and be prepared to get that brain working!!!