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Connection Before Content

Ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa!

Connection before content is a concept that we want to continue to bring to the forefront of our mahi in 2022. You can expect us to share some new tools and approaches that you can use and adapt back in your contexts.


One holiday highlight from us- Connect by sharing something of your personal life.

Carol – I loved having some time to get lost in books. For a real treat try Te Kuia Moko-Harry Sangl-this is an amazing book-photos of paintings of the last tattooed Maori women along with short snippets of their lives.

Nadia - If you haven’t visited Juno Gin, lock it in! Just in case you needed another reason to visit New Plymouth!


Two tools

One common response we hear is that there’s not enough time to connect before diving into those full hui agendas. We propose that connecting increases productivity, engagement and creativity.

  1. Pose a question - what is one aha moment you’ve had in the last week?

  2. Bring a quote or picture that reflects how you’d like to turn up in 2022.


Three pictures you can start a game of “panic picture” with.

It’s a great way to warm up a meeting. You might hear some unexpected stories and have a laugh. The directions are simple. Pop up an image; these could be photos shared by team members or images found online, or even objects. First person to share a short personal story that has been sparked by the image. Keep it short and snappy! Next picture!

Here are 3 pictures from our holidays to get you started.








We’re looking forward to seeing you again in term 1.


Pou Mihi

Pou kaha rawa – manaakitia mai

We acknowledge your inspirators and motivators

Pou haerenga – haere ra

We acknowledge those who have gone before

Pou oranga – mihi mai

We acknowledge the living world

Pou mana whenua – takoto mai

We acknowledge the people of the land

Pou herenga waka – toia mai

We acknowledge all those gathered here today

Tihei - Mauri Ora



Carol and Nadia