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Case Study –Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki Waitangi Day Celebrations

Creating Conversations

The 2019 Community Korero Workshop Series, organised by Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki, aimed to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi by delivering a programme that invited the community to have ‘creative conversations’ about the Treaty.

‘The opportunity for the community to have “creative conversations” in relation to the Treaty offers a flexibility and freedom to explore the kaupapa unrestricted by the fear of “getting it wrong”.’

Mt Taranaki. Photo Credit: Jeremy Taylor (Flickr). Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).

What was the event?

122 people, ranging from rangatahi to kaumatua, engaged with the series of events, which included ‘Speed Date Your Way Through the Treaty: A practical way to meet and greet people who talk about how to honour the Treaty’ and ‘Workshop: 10 DIY Ways to Honour the Treaty in 2019’. The most popular event, ‘Popcorn and the Treaty’, included a screening of The Community Living Book: A film about Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Taranaki. The film was developed and launched by Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki in 2018, and features 19 local personalities discussing their personal reflections on Te Tiriti and how they honour it in their lives.

Having worked across the Taranaki region for over 30 years, Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki are sensitive to the specific needs of their community and were careful to cater their Waitangi Day commemorations to them.

Meeting the needs of the community

‘We have a collective experience that helps ensure we are always forward thinking and that we are committed to supporting the needs of whanau/community in all areas of our work, including community education projects like these. We are intergenerational and creative in our approach. We gather feedback from all of our events and programmes and use any criticism wisely. We continue to keep an ear to the ground in our community and where we see an opportunity to restore mātauranga we mobilise.’

Planning for next year

Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki plan to develop another programme of Waitangi events for 2020. They see a desire in their community for the continued support of diverse, creative, and educational activities that generate discussion and support relationship building under the theme of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


Updated on 18th September 2019