Self-awareness is at its core, the ability to see ourselves clearly


“Self-awareness is at its core, the ability to see ourselves clearly – to understand who we are, how others see us, and how we fit into the world around us” (Tasha Eurich).

I have had a couple of days away this week, learning about the art of ‘collaboration for impact’.   The workshop was in Sydnmusicisey, a city lit from its harbour shores to its skyline in vivid, flamboyant lights.   Musicians and artists from across the globe have come together in a celebration of light and sound to focus on rejuvenation.

I liked this piece called ‘Nacre’ from the Pulpo Collective.   Nacre is inspired from the excavations of Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct.   The site was once a rich source of cockles, mussles and molluscs which were gathered by skilled fisherwomen from local Aboriginal communities.   In creating Nacre the artists wished to honour the sustainability practices of the traditional owners of the natural world; and the strategies they employed to protect a fragile marine environment.

The visual feast on display balanced out some of the head space activity of words and diagrams.   Sustainability, for example, can be described in a ‘project’ sense as being about power, programmes, job descriptions, funding, reputation or effort – we might say (as we do) that we want all of our Whānau Ora entities to be sustainable.   But the definition can also be how are we seeking a sustainable world – where we protect natural habitats, and preserve practices like rahui that maintain an equilibrium.

Working visually

One of the tools shared at the collaboration workshop was the work around becoming a visual leader: providing a map of progress through drawing the stages while the korero proceeds.

It is a technique I saw at the Weaving our Strands workshop in Wellington recently, where a team of artists interpreted what people talked about as they spoke.  It’s fast, interactive and completely changes the dynamic in the room. Have a look at


Farewell and Welcome to Corban Te Aika


It was an honour and a privilege to support Corban Te Aika as he took up his new position at Canterbury Museum with a specialist leadership role in mātauranga.   Corban has been a valued member of Te Whenua Taurikura in his role with Matauraka Mahaanui – supporting schools to understand their own cultural narrative.

Corban (pictured here with his father and Puamiria Parata-Goodall, will be an absolute asset to the protection and preservation of knowledge for the museum and all who pass through those doors.

Nav Nation in Triplicate

This week the Navigators have met together in their regional hui – a Southern one at Te Roopu Tautoko ki te Tonga; the Christchurch workshop at Nga Hau e Wha and the Tau Ihu/Northern workshop at Te Runanga o Nga Maataa Waka ki te Tauihu.   


Waka Abel Tasman Journeys

Abel Tasman Waka Trust (Todd and Lee-Anne Jago) have a dream to have a tourism operation while also opening up Waka ama to the local community and wider community including schools and whānau involved in the sport for health and well-being. creating employment and networking with Te Tau Ihu paddlers.  

This initiative focuses on providing kaupapa Māori journeys for people using traditional waka as a vehicle for this experience.

This week, Gina-Lee caught up with Lee-Anne and her daughter Aria, as they talked about celebrating their connection to whenua and all that encompasses wellness.


BLACK-OUT in Blenheim

This Friday, rangatahi – youth aged 13 years to 18 years, are invited to the Marlborough Convention Centre to “glow in the dark” between the hours of 7-11pm.   The event is being hosted by Te Ha o Nga Rangatahi with entertainment by DJ Bex.

There will be adult supervision; security; and transport provided to and from the event if required.

Tickets just $5 from the Marlborough Youth Trust at 6 Arthur Street, Blenheim.

Fundraising for HE PUNA WAIORA WELLNESS CENTRE Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu  Saturday 16 June starting 8.30am. COME ONE COME ALL.

Māori Resilience

An investigation into Maori resilience

All Right? commissioned Ihi research to carry out some research into Maori resilience. The research took a strengths based approach, informed by kaupapa Maori theory and research principles to understand how Maori coped with the earthquakes.

The first stage of the research involved key whanau members who were significantly affected by the earthquakes as key informants. Ten Maori whanau were interviewed about processes, resources and people who had enabled their resilience and recovery.

Overall the research findings demonstrate that core values related to “Being Maori” were significant to Maori participants’ earthquake recovery and resilience. Survey findings supported analysis of the initial interviews which emphasised the importance of “Being Maori” and how Maori participants drew strength from core cultural values.

These results dispute the focus on Maori as a vulnerable population which emphasises a deficit view that Maori somehow or in some way lacked valued resources and human capabilities.

A key recommendation from the report is that disaster recovery efforts and responses must recognise the importance of core cultural values associated with ‘being Maori” and Maori led initiatives within particular tribal contexts which enable resilience and aid recovery across the community.

The report is available on the All Right? website

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Understanding the impact of trauma experienced by first responders

These free workshops are specifically for those who work as first responders in emergency situations including volunteers.  The workshops are to understand the impact of vicarious trauma, understand the cognitive and emotional impact of such events, and identify coping mechanisms for managing trauma.


  • Kaikoura, Tuesday 26 June, 6-9pm, St Johns Ambulance Station, 116 Beach Road

  • Culverden, Thursday 28 June, 6-9pm, St Johns Hall Culverden, 23 Montrose Avenue, Culverden

Coming up

Come and support the best of Māori talent in music and fashion this Saturday night at the Majestic Transitional Space in Christchurch

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