Meaningful relationships and partnerships with Māori need local government staff and elected members to be culturally capable. This session will explore the capability journey councils are on to develop their commitment to Te Ao Māori, to understand and apply tikanga Māori, and how they are creating culturally safe, comfortable, and supportive environments for Māori staff and elected members, as well their partners. It will enable participants to share their journeys, ask questions, and learn from each other.
Nedine Thatcher-Swann, Gisborne District Council
Steph O’Sullivan, Whakatāne District Council
Steve Gibling, Invercargill City Council
Gene Takarua, Gisborne District Council (moderator)