He Kōrero – Te Tiriti Kōrero – Podcast Launch

Allow the Tiriti to allow us to be Māori, to be safe to be Māori, and to know that you don’t have to do it for us.” Ali Hamlin-Paenga

Get closer to community practitioners, researchers and evaluators and the things they are passionate about.

We are proud to launch our new podcast channel – He Kōrero – with our Te Tiriti focused podcasts, Te Tiriti Kōrero.

These podcasts focus on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the way different practitioners apply its intent and principles in their respective mahi. This mahi includes kaupapa Māori research, education, climate change, homelessness and community development.

To accompany our podcast collection and help you take action, we have gathered Te Tiriti resources from all around Aotearoa. We tautoko and encourage you to become a dynamic Treaty partner.

The challenge for us is to step through the [Treaty] door and to discover and recover what’s on the other side.” Mike Smith

To add your own resources to this kete, please email us at communications@communityresearch.org.nz.

Ngā mihi nui to Making Everything Achievable (Kaye Maree Dunn) and Blue Reef (Rob Kitchen) for their exceptional mahi on these podcasts and to our wonderful presenters for sharing their whakaaro (thoughts) with us.

Listen to the Te Tiriti podcasts.

Read the Te Tiriti resources on our website.

About the Presenters

Dr Chelsea Grootveld

Chelsea is Ngāi Tai, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui,  Whakatōhea and Tuhourangi

She is passionate about whānau-centred and whānau-led education, health and wellbeing. She has a strong commitment to creating values-based research and evaluation models that make sense and add value to whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.  In this conversation, Chelsea shares her journey of deepening her political awareness in Te Ao Māori and how Te Tiriti is a critical part of her mahi as a kaupapa Māori evaluator.  Her evaluation company Aiko allows her to pursue projects that genuinely interest her, are challenging and transformative. 

Dr Kathie Irwin

Dr Kathie Irwin  MNZM, PHD, MInstD is a third generation Māori, woman, educator. Her whakapapa is traced from diverse sources: Ngāti Porou, Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu, the Orkney Islands, Scotland and Ireland.

This interview outlines how public service and social justice are deeply embedded in her bloodlines. Her passion inspires her to contribute to nation building in innovative and creative ways that are framed by Ngāti Porou tipuna Sir Apirana Ngata’s whakatauākī (proverb) “E tipu, e rea”. This proverb speaks to the possibilities of bicultural and bilingual models of change that create authentic social inclusion, cultural intelligence and pluralism.

Throughout her career Kathie has championed Māori Development, anti-racist education and Mana Wahine / Māori Feminisms.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāpuhi) is an educationalist and has spent the last 40 years focused on taking action where it matters.  Although some of his favourite activities are gardening, hunting and fishing, Mike has also used his love for his community and the Taiao to advocate for the health and wellbeing of Papatūānuku, highlighting the irreversible impacts of climate change on indigenous communities.

In this interview Mike shares the impact his Mother had on his life, especially in reminding him of his identity and his tupuna who were original signatories to Te Tiriti.  We also hear about his earlier career as a social worker and the key people who influenced his thinking and his reflection on nation-building and taking action.

Across the board, Mike has been consistent in pointing out the way the Crown has continuously failed to meet their promise and obligations to Tangata Whenua, yet there is hope, where there is a willingness to “walk through the door of transformation”.

Ali Hamlin-Paenga

Ali Hamlin is the Kaihautū – CEO of Ngāti Kahungunu Community Services, a kaupapa Māori organisation providing housing solutions & social support services across the wider Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) region.

Ali provides her insights into how Te Tiriti informs her practice when advocating for equity and fair outcomes for whānau.  She wants to ensure that whānau, no matter where they might be in life, have their mana intact, that they have the power and decision-making over their own lives.

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