Wed 27 Mar 2019 AT 8:30 am , Wellington

Effective Engagement with Māori

The ability to communicate effectively with Māori is essential whether your organisation is designing and implementing a new policy, consulting with Iwi in relation to a natural resource project or developing key messages for this important audience. Having this knowledge and skills is a core competency for public servants developing policy, designing programmes and/or for developing kaupapa Māori frameworks. This one-day workshop focuses on developing your understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Māori world view to effectively engage with Māori.

Māori and Iwi are aware of poor consultation and policy proposals and will give strong feedback. Iwi are also seeking genuine partnerships with the Government to implement their Treaty of Waitangi settlement arrangements. Take advantage of this unique learning opportunity to improve your knowledge and skills by attending this course and learning what it takes to be a competent public servant to engage with Māori.

Who should attend

This workshop is designed for public sector professionals working in policy, planning, research, communications and operations. It’s also relevant to local government professionals responsible for implementing post settlement Treaty obligations in the natural resources sector.

About the facilitator

Mahanga Maru (Ngati Porou) is an independent management consultant who has advised public and private sector organisations on various matters relating to Iwi and Māori including Treaty of Waitangi negotiations, public policy, strategy development and implementation, cultural capability and engagement. He has extensive leadership experience facilitating and leading projects and initiatives between Iwi Māori and the Crown and private companies in the infrastructure sector (energy and oil and gas).

Mahanga is an Independent RMA Commissioner and he has given evidence in council hearings and the Environment Court in relation to cultural matters. A former board member of Compass Health, Chair of Te Awe, Wellington Māori Business Network, he is the current Chair of a Māori Agribusiness near Ruatoria. Mahanga is a commercial pilot and qualified flight instructor who enjoys spending time with his family.


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