May 8, 2021

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Emerging Leaders Leadership Wananga held

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The first wananga for the MANU AO Leadership Course was held in collaboration with Nga Pae o te Maramatanga at Waipapa Marae, Auckland University on 15-16 April 2010. The wananga was opened by Dr Charles Royal, Director of Nga Pae who shared his thoughts on good practice Maori leadership and in particular the cultural concepts that underpin it.

Throughout the two day wananga the participants engaged with various Maori leaders from a variety of professions who shared their thoughts on Maori leadership within a traditional and contemporary context. The first session keynote speaker was Justice Joe Williams who spoke about being in an appointed leadership role and how this differed from traditional leadership roles that were defined by whakapapa and the mandate of the people. The second session was a session based on western leadership theories delivered by Colin Cox and Lena Gray. This session challenged the participants to look at what leadership styles they employed in their own work environments.

During the evening guest speaker Ella Henry (AUT) spoke about the challenges she faces as a Maori female academic and how she managed her life as an academic, mother, wife, and community leader. She talked about keeping it real by staying true to yourself and cultural values on your academic journey.

On day two Dr Manuka Henare presented on traditional Maori leadership and how key values from traditional society can provide pathways for good practice leadership in contemporary society. The second session was with John Tamihere who discussed social and cultural relationships. John provided an overview of Waipereira trust and how the organisation intended on implementing the new Whanau Ora plan with their programmes.

The final presenter at the wananga was Dr Mereta Kawharu who spoke on community and iwi relationships from a Maori womans academic perspective. A key part of Meretas session focussed on the difficulties of juggling academia with iwi commitments in particular that working with your iwi is often more challenging than working in the University community. She also noted that this engagement with Maori communities is not satisfactorily recognised in terms of PBRF and academic promotion within the institutions and that this continues to be an unresolved issue for Maori academics.

  • The next wananga will be held at Rehua Marae in Christchurch on the 1st and 2nd of July.

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