Bridging Cultures Invercargill

The last time Tāhono was in Southland was in 2020, holding our first conversations with communities to hear what belonging and inclusion meant to them.

It was from the whakaaro shared in these conversations that Bridging Cultures came to be, with ethnic tauiwi communities expressing their desire to connect with mana whenua. Returning to Waihōpai (Invercargill) after 3 years was a special experience for us, as we met, shared, learned and created new connections last weekend at Murihiku Marae.

Joe Wakefield (dept. chair of Waihōpai Rūnaka) guided participants through the history of the rōhe, and how the hāpū came to be, before we all tucked into some rich kōrero on what intercultural belonging looks like for those in the region. A special mihi to those who made the journey from Stewart Island!

If you want a Bridging Cultures workshop in your locale, contact us! We are gauging interest on where in Aotearoa we can take this waka to next.