We are pleased to announce the publication of the WakaNZ: Navigating with foresight workshop booklet. The workshop booklet contains the findings and observations of participants from the WakaNZ workshop held in November 2017.

The Institute, in collaboration with the New Zealand Treasury, hosted the four-day workshop from 4.00 pm Sunday, 19 November 2017 to Thursday, 23 November 2017. The aim of the workshop was to explore what a preferred future might look like in a post-Treaty settlement New Zealand. The workshop hosted 34 participants aged 18–25 who identify with specific iwi or hapū, or as urban Māori. Seven of the participants took up the role of workshop interns to assist in the smooth running of the workshop. Carwyn Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) and Wendy McGuinness were the workshop co-hosts. The participants shared their findings from the workshop at the final presentation held at Government House on the evening of 22 November 2017 and at a public presentation held at Te Papa on 23 November 2017.

WakaNZ workshop participants with The Governor-General, Sir David Gascoigne KNZM CBE, Government House Kaumatua Dr Piri Sciascia, Trevor Moeke, Dr Carwyn Jones and Wendy McGuinness at Government House

The workshop booklet is an anchor point, recording the workshop and sharing the participants’ observations and recommendations. Participants identified four kaupapa to focus their energy on during the workshop: Tuakiri/Identity; Whanaketanga – Hauora, Taiao and Mātauranga/Health, Environment and Education; Pakihi/Māori Business and Enterprise; and Tino Rangatiratanga and Crown Sovereignty in Aotearoa. These are outlined in the workshop booklet along with short- and long-term goals for each kaupapa. The workshop has been described by participants as a ‘springboard for the creation of Ngā Pītau Whakarei, a rōpū dedicated to developing this whakaaro’.

In January 2018 the Institute celebrated the publication of Mātauranga, a collection of whakataukī – wisdoms, proverbs, poetry and invocations – chosen by each of the 34 workshop participants, with the addition of a whakataukī chosen by Wendy and Gabriel Makhlouf, New Zealand Treasury Secretary and Chief Executive. You can learn more about Mātauranga and the Institute being gifted the Māori name Te Hononga Waka by workshop participants in the blog hereMātauranga was a koha for participants, speakers and special guests of the workshop, including The Governor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO.

Mātauranga, the whakataukī booklet

You can read the WakaNZ workshop booklet online here, or purchase a hard copy of the booklet from the Institute’s online store.