By Sonny Alesana, Te Pou Taki / Cultural Advisor

Te Piki Oranga kaimahi and Board members recently undertook a two day Te Pumaomao Indigenous Nationhood Building workshop facilitated by Takawai Murphy and his wife Chris Murphy.

Based on Māori tikanga, the completely immersive course allowed us to explore the ongoing effects of colonisation on Māori and other indigenous people, while reflecting on the misunderstandings of the past and ways to build pathways forward.

The team gained much deeper understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and pre-European history as well as critical analysis of delivery models. Although the course covered some obviously challenging issues, it was delivered with humour and passion by Takawai and Chris through a range of techniques including role-play, multi-media displays and audio visuals.

They were a great couple of days of open and honest collective discussion about Māori and Pākehā relationships and gave us real insight into the social, political and cultural landscape of Aotearoa.

What our kaimahi thought:

A hard topic to tackle, but made easy by Chris and Takawai.
Emotional training that brought me to tears many times and left me wanting more.
Recommend this training to all people working with Māori and other ethnic communities.
It was a great way to learn about the history of NZ that we weren’t taught in school.
As a non-māori I was apprehensive before attending Te Pumaomao, but the way it was delivered made me feel so welcomed. I would recommend the course to all!
I enjoyed the support I received during the training.