Past Webinar

Dr Regan Potangaroa
Maire Kipa
Adrian Te Patu

Māori Recovery

Challenges and Opportunities - Perspectives for Covid-19


In this webinar, filmed on Thursday 21st May 2020, we are joined by Dr. Regan Potangaroa, Adrian Te Patu and Maire Kipa who present on the challenges and opportunities for Māori recovery from the Covid-19 situation, based on learnings from Otautahi and other indigenous disaster experiences.

They reflect on:

  • E hara I te mea nō ngā tūpuna – tuku iho, tuku iho? – What are the great things instilled in us by our ancestors – to share from one generation to the next? What have we learned?
  • Are we all in this together – ancestrally, socially, economically, environmentally?
  • Who is “we”?
  • Iwi and Crown responsibilities and challenges

About the Presenters

Dr Regan Potangaroa

Dr Regan Potangaroa is Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa. He is a Professor of Architectural Science at the School of Architecture at Victoria University Wellington. He has been deployed over 200 times with the UN, the IFRC and national societies of the Red Cross/Red Crescent, large INGO's, Governments and universities to disasters in 26 countries including the 2011 Christchurch and 2016 Kaikoura earthquake responses.

Maire Kipa

Maire is committed to transformational Māori leadership at the governance and management level - in particular as it impacts "...complexities associated with outcome measurements; there is a time lag between intervention and result; many variables apart from a specific intervention may impact on the outcome; and a good outcome for one group may be regarded as an unsatisfactory outcome by another group" (Durie, 2005).

Her voluntary interests are in Iwi environmental projects and current research interests are Indigenous perspectives on natural disasters, risk reduction and resilience. She is currently a Co-Researcher with Associate Prof. Regan Potangaroa studying Māori Resilience Post Disasters and recently presented at the Australia, New Zealand Disasters Management Conference May 2015 on “The Māori Dimension of Disaster Risk Reduction – What We Learnt in Rapaki”.

Adrian Te Patu

Adrian has worked for various organisations including government departments and agencies, community organisations, education institutions, hospitals, health providers and also iwi. His roles have included social worker, youth worker, counsellor, educator, trainer, cultural supervisor, health promoter, cultural advisor, MC, facilitator and on occasion, he's pulled the odd rabbit out of a hat!

His experience, knowledge, networks and links are wide-ranging at a local, national and international level. He has extensive experience in governance and leadership roles in public health, schools, not for profit, social service agencies, sports clubs and various government and local government roles.

Adrian’s unique perspective and effective approach has seen him sought after locally, nationally and internationally. His ability to work alongside a diverse range of providers, services and organisations and his skill of astutely identifying gaps, and recommending and implementing innovative solutions is highlighted in the variety of governance and advisory roles he has held in Mainstream and Māori organisations, Not for Profit and international organisations.

This Webinar was held

11 AM NZ Time
21 May
2020

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