Working to meet the needs of Māori
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Sport Bay of Plenty is committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and working to ensure we meet the needs of Māori regarding sport and recreation.
By undertaking our own journey to improve our cultural competency, we also hope we can encourage the wider sector to do the same and support positive change by sharing our learnings and resources. We’re on a journey that will help us advocate for the importance of understanding Māori culture and values, and how these influence participation in sport and recreation.
Supporting and guiding the way is our external Māori advisory group, and we’d like to extend our gratitude to the following members who have committed their time, support and advice to assist our board, leadership team and wider organisation : Paora Te Hurihanganui ( Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa), Reweti Te Mete ( Ngā Mataapuna Oranga), Cherryl Thompson (Parafed Bay of Plenty) and Arapeta Taitoko (Te Puna Ora o Mataatua) who took over from Dillon Te Kani.
To complement our external Māori Advisory group we also have an Internal Māori Development group with representatives from each of our three offices. This group is helping our wider organisation grow cultural confidence and understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi, tikanga and te reo Māori.
These groups have helped us develop a Māori Strategy that draws upon the Te Whetū Rēhua framework and includes five strategic internal and external objectives:
• Te reo and tikanga
• Leadership and management
• In Māori places
• Traditional games
To help us achieve these high level goals, we have also developed operational priorities for our organisation to work towards over the next couple of years.
Alongside the development of the Māori strategy, we have completed a survey of Kaupapa Māori sports clubs, trusts, groups and entities within the Western Bay of Plenty with a 100% response rate. This survey will help us identifying how to appropriately engage with these entities through understanding their values and motivations, and responding to requests for support.
As our organisation progresses through our journey of learning, we hope to advise and support the wider sector to improve capability to meet the needs of Māori.
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