by Sonny Alesana, Te Pou Taki / Cultural Advisor
Facilitators: Te Ao Pritchard (Nga Puhi, Ngati Kahu and Samoa) and Tricia Keelan (Te Aupouri and Ngāti Porou)
MĀTĀPUNA – Mātāpuna is the source of our rangatiratanga and aligns with TUPUNA. This puna explores our source of inspiration for our leadership.
MĀPUNA - Māpuna manifests in the ripples we are creating in the world now. In this puna, we delve into our roles and what changes/difference are we making in the lives of our whānau, hapu, iwi and the hapori (wider community)?
PUNA TOROTĪ - The Puna Torotī represents the legacy we leave our MOKOPUNA. Puna Torotī probes our thinking around our ability to inspire others. What is it that we want people to learn from us?
There are many different understandings and perspectives on Rangatiratanga, these include ‘the leader’, ‘leading by going in advance', ‘guiding behaviour', ‘inducing, directing, and inspiring'.
The training explored the view that regardless of who we are as individual or tangata whenua, we all have a valuable contribution to make, and part to play in whanau, hapu and iwi hauora (wellbeing).
It celebrates both the diversity and unity of our spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional experiences. The individual is located as part of whanau and the developmental aspects of the framework was explored through the lenses of Kaiwhakaataata – self reflect, Kaimahi – Interaction and Kaituitui weaving resources and people together.
The training presented many of us with challenges, it also provides Te Piki Oranga with a platform to explore future training opportunities to support our kaimahi and our whānau.