Kia ora whanau. You know, a lot can happen in a day. Though we think life streams steadily and readily, there can be that one day when everyone turns up, everything happens and every single atua is called upon to reinforce, reassure, protect and ignite the korero. Today was that day.
When you have tamariki, each day starts nice and early. Sure you spent last night vacuuming, washing dishes and cleaning house – big deal, every day starts new. So cartoons, clothes change and cereal later, we’re off.
2 drop offs then we meet with our first bro (names not added for exclusivity reasons) at the library, the next at the cafe and then the third arrived via Palmerston North. His colleague was called away to a tangi so she would join us later. Here we were – 5 game changers all in the same room.
We introduced ourselves, giving a mihi to each other before getting on with the mahi. The task was creating a resource that explained IT to year 11 rangatahi in te reo Maori. This was a revealing discussion, setting the ground for what was about to happen
In an unorganised organic way, we had 6 hui in a row: the first was securing investors for a passionate Maori wireless ISP, which looks promising; the next was to coordinate promotion for an upcoming Marae Master Chef event, before moving to organise a dvd project.
As we spoke, a policy writer entered to listen in to how we might provide IT jobs and quals for local whanau, which inspired yet confounded the group (who now numbered 12 people).
We took a lunch break, coming back to a korero on transforming our actions and changing minds around new opportunities in the worlds financial markets before picking up posters for an upcoming concert which we’d been asked to promote and support.
And most of that was done for love.
So then we ask, where is the support for those of us who support whanau, celebrate hapu and empower iwi? We all joked that if we were Pakeha, there would be hundreds of people and dozens of organisations waiting to meet and support us – yet as Maori, support was few and far between. Is this the burden of being young, Maori and in business? No hand out, no hand ups, barely even pats on the back yet loads of expectation that our skill around technology might provide that game change our Maori people are looking for?
Maybe but what do we know – we’re just a passionate bunch of Maori geeks trying to do good mahi, pay the bills and keep motivated … and tomorrow is a new day …