I was delighted to attend Te Ritorito 2017: Towards whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing earlier this month. The two-day forum, jointly hosted by Superu and Te Puni Kōkiri, was a fantastic example of shared leadership in action and showed the value of working together to create opportunities for debate and learning.
The name Te Ritorito was given to Superu and Te Puni Kōkiri by kaumatua Lewis Moeau. It refers to the centre of the harakeke (flax plant). Nurturing this ensures that ongoing generations will thrive and for us it is a metaphor for intergenerational wellbeing.
Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie opened proceedings and provided an overview of the wellbeing journey for whānau, hapū and iwi. Keynote addresses were made by Justice Joe Williams, who stated that whanaungatanga is the great challenge of the post-settlement era. Dame Tariana Turia, in her keynote address, spoke of the resilience of whānau, and Dr Tahu Kukutai talked about the significance of indigenous data sovereignty. Helen Leahy, Chief Executive of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, spoke to us at the event dinner, outlining development of her organisation which is made up of nine iwi. Helen highlighted the significance of whenua to whānau wellbeing, using the experience of Ngāti Kuia as kaitiaki of Te Waikoropupū Springs as an example.
We took the opportunity at the forum to release our latest research report – Subjective whānau wellbeing in Te Kupenga – launched on our behalf by Tau Huirama. This is the first report to make a detailed analysis of self-assessed whānau wellbeing in Te Kupenga and was written by Dr Tahu Kukutai, Andrew Sporle and Matthew Roskruge.
If you weren’t able to be present, please take the opportunity to look at some of the video footage on our Facebook page, or read the speakers’ presentations on the forum’s web page.