Even in the rain, a visit to Wairewa Marae in the Ōkana Valley, Banks Peninsula, makes the heart sing. Kaiarahi Anastasia Hapuku and Whānau Ora Champion for Kōanga Kai, Gina-Lee Duncan, were there last week to meet maara kai champions Te Rongopai from Te Rūnanga o Wairewa and Wairewa Marae General Manager Kelly Barry. The kaupapa, Ahikā Kai Wairewa, is an impressive marae project which encompasses a food forest and a tunnel house for propagation. It is always humbling to stand back, see, hear, and feel the bounty whānau bring to the table in their respective communities. Ka rawe te whānau o Wairewa!
Te toto o te tangata, he kai, Te oranga o te tangata, he whenua. Food supplies the blood of the people; our health is drawn from the land.
Not everyone’s cup of tea, perhaps, but data is something that all of us need to think about. This week I attended the government’s Data Summit 2023 in Wellington, along with our Senior Data Analyst, Sam Selwyn and Outcomes Specialist, Nathan McCluskey. With 30 speakers, there was a lot of information shared.
We heard about challenges impacting the government’s efforts as it works to transform – and improve the way data is collected, shared, and used. We also heard a lot about the importance of an effective data strategy that aligns with the goals and aspirations of whānau, which was good to see.
The summit provided a great opportunity to connect, build knowledge and share experiences in the data and information space and reinforced the importance of having good data practices.
One international presentation reminded us all that it was not just about the need to protect the data, but it was also about protecting the people behind the data.
We will keep an eye on how the Government will consider and implement a whānau-centric approach to collecting, managing, storing, protecting, and sharing data across government.
We also want to let you know that Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is committed to enabling whānau to have greater control over their data and implementing effective data governance to respect the principles of rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga that will drive transparency, and better opportunities, and positive impacts for whānau.
It was Sam’s birthday while we were away, and he thought the Data Summit was an awesome present. If you know Sam, you will know he was in his element.