At Groundwork, we are always looking for fresh ways to encourage, inspire, and challenge organisations to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi. People we work with often ask for examples of practice and tools to support action. So, we’ve developed a series of videos in which community organisations share their experience and practical examples of Te Tiriti honouring. In our first videos, we speak with Manaaki Tāngata / Victim Support. 

Groundwork had the pleasure of working with this important organisation as they shared open and honest kōrero about what Te Tiriti means for their work supporting those impacted by crime, suicide, and traumatic events.  We want to acknowledge the vision of their leaders, staff, and volunteers. We were inspired by the depth of their kōrero, their honesty, and their willingness to listen and learn. 

In these videos, organisational leaders, James McCulloch, Huata Arahanga, and Petrina Hargrave, share their insights on: 

  • Being clear about why you are engaging with Te Tiriti – making it meaningful. 
  • Taking it slowly – bringing your whole organisation on the journey. 
  • Acknowledging the work already being done, as well as the work yet to be done. 
  • Lessons learned and advice for other organisations. 

There is much work to be done to transform the criminal justice system and to address the harm to Māori of ongoing colonisation. Within this context, we were heartened by the thoughtfulness of those we spoke with at Manaaki Tāngata. They see how honouring Te Tiriti is a pathway to healing and justice for us all in Aotearoa and they are taking action to make it happen. 

At Groundwork, we have been facilitating Te Tiriti workshops for a long time. We see the difference that understanding our history can make for individuals, organisations, and communities. The opportunity to understand the past and how it has influenced our present enables us to act to create a just future for us all. These necessary conversations are often hard, but they are also hopeful and exciting. By engaging in these conversations, taking action, and being committed to staying the distance, we can start to heal the wounds of our past and work together to bring about this collective future.

 

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