Te Tiriti learning is critical for these times

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

This pānui will find many of you in challenging times. The last few months have seen an unprecedented amount of unravelling of Te Tiriti commitments and major reductions to the public sector workforce. Many of you will be busy managing the impact of these changes or perhaps busy making submissions, supporting tribunal hearings, taking to the streets or attending Kōtahitanga gatherings.

Now, more than ever, it is important that we hold the line on the decades of collective progress that has been made – by supporting tangata whenua resistance and to keep taking action however we can. One critical action we can take is to educate our family, friends, community members, and workplaces about the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to us all.

To support this, we’ve been busy over the last few months creating new resources. In this pānui, we’re sharing recently released new versions of our Understanding Te Tiriti self-paced workshops. These workshops are an easily accessible and affordable approach to critical learning about Te Tiriti – its history and importance today. We’ve also recently released a Te Tiriti Explainer and Te Tiriti Conversation Guide to provide concise and clear information that can easily be shared. Finally, we’re sharing Te Whakatinanatanga o Te Tiriti – new resources to support organisations in putting Te Tiriti into practice. There’s plenty to read and share.

In the lead up to Matariki we acknowledge the strength of those who gone before us in advocating for Te Tiriti honouring over generations. And we trust that you all find comfort in connecting and reflecting with whānau, friends and your communities during this time. Mānawatia a Matariki.

Mauri ora,
Jen, Victoria, Hannah, and Jordan – the Groundwork team.