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Ki te mātatahi - Plan for the Future, a Better Tomorrow




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 those who are living


Pou mana whenua – takoto mai

We acknowledge the people of the land


Pou herenga waka – toia mai

We acknowledge those gathered here today


Tihei Mauri Ora

We breathe these truths into life


Last Tuesday we began our team meeting with feelings of both excitement and discomfort as we stepped into a place of learning and uncertainty.

Pa Jack Paki and his team joined us for a wānanga session based around Te Whiringawhā - a cultural leadership framework (much like Te Whare Tapa Wha is a cultural health framework). Our awareness and understanding have been deepened through the korero from Pa Jack. His story telling, use of metaphor and ability to connect brought this kaupapa alive.

Knowing that leadership starts with ourselves, we worked through a self-reflective activity to identify how we turn up across the 4 different strands/wharinga-see above. We look forward to building on and sharing this learning further in the new year. Finally, ngā mihi nui ki a koe to Pa Jack for making space for us amongst his busy schedule of schools and corporate clients.


Te Whiringawhā Framework


Thinking ahead to term 4, here are some practical things from us:

Intention Setting-3 questions

How do you want to feel for the next 8 weeks?

What’s going to help you achieve this?

What do you absolutely not want your people to feel over the next 8 weeks?


2 reminders

“Education is extremely complicated. If it was easy, it would be called medicine”

“No matter what situation you face, you always have a choice”


1 strategy

We live in a culture of “now”. “Now” I’m going to Google that, “now” I’m going to text you, “now” I’m going to email you...when you don’t answer “now” I’m going to call. But we can live in a culture of “when”. You can set the “when”. “When” others can expect a response, “when” others can contact you and “when” you are available to see others.

When you give people a ‘when’ they’re more comfortable not getting a ‘now’


Best wishes for term 4 – you’ve done it before, and you’ll do it again!!

Awhi atu, awhi mai; support and be supported.

Carol & Nadia