Our experience told us encouraging whanau, hapu and iwi to engage in discussion and ignite profound action around whanau planning and indigenous development will require a new pathway of intervention logic toward one that:
Explores the historic basis of Maori indigenous wellbeing;
Focuses on traditional teachings;
Engages the creative spirit;
Examines human and environmental interdependencies;
Re-creates Maori education and matauranga.
Our approach to Indigenous Community Development seeks to:
Address the poverty dependency and despair that is a direct consequence of colonisation and welfare economics.
Build whanau leadership to influence and take ownership of hapu and iwi development.
Identify community assets and resources to strengthen whanau and collective economic independence.
Reduce the dependency of iwi and civic organisations trapped in a culture of focusing on problems rather than being cultivators of well-being.