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Bicultural Processes

Ara Taiohi is a Treaty-based organisation which demonstrates a collective commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, based on tikanga and kaupapa Māori. In February 2016 Ara Taiohi commissioned a report to inform the development of membership and resolution processes for the professional association to ensure they reflect Tikanga Māori.

Findings of the report were:

  • Kanohi ki te kanohi is a traditional Māori concept that emphasises the value of sitting ‘face to face’ to discuss key issues and seek resolution.  A review of other professional bodies shows that ‘kanohi ki te kanohi’ is the accepted – and often only – method for expressing a commitment to tikanga and Te Tiriti.
  • The tikanga expressed in Ara Taiohi’s values, principles, goals - including the Whatu Raranga strategic framework and Te Tiriti o Waitangi policy - impact more comprehensively on the membership process. In terms of the resolution process, it recognises that the Code of Ethics is effectively the tikanga for positive youth development in Aotearoa.

The report made several suggestions for the application form, selection process and resolution process - which have been included in the current processes and the planning for further development of these processes. 

Some examples of those included in the current application process are:

  • Applicants can chose to meet kanohi-ki-te-kanohi with the selection panel at their cost
  • Because of cost to applicant we offer digital options
  • Applicants may identify their areas of interest and leadership as well as areas where they need more training and support
  • Applicants may declare their communities of interest and support (whānau, hapū, iwi/other Māori organisations)
  • Diversity of applicants is reflected in the composition of selection panels
  • Applicants can chose to meet with selection panel outside of scheduled process – at own cost
  • Māori expertise on the selection panel
  • Provide webinars and written examples on how to apply to make more accessible
  • Written and video options for completing application form

Areas that will develop over time are:

  • Capability and resource to support a regional selection and review process is incorporated in long-term planning and budget
  • Regional selection process undertaken across the country
  • Encourage innovation such as noho and group selection processes
  • Invite Mana Whenua to be represented on selection panels
  • Applicants may complete application in English or Māori
  • Applicants may conduct interviews in te reo Māori
  • Producing training videos in te reo

If you would like to see a copy of the full report - please contact korowaitupu@arataiohi.org.nz