Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono – UPDATE #29


Our website has been updated, so please take a moment to explore the Belonging subthemes! If you haven’t seen them yet, have a look at the Māori subthemes are first under each of the questions – the first theme called ‘Te ao Māori’ in Q1 and Q2, and then the first four themes in Q3, Value indigenous knowledge; Equitably resource Te ao Māori; Build capacity on all sides of Te Tiriti and Shift power to Te Ao Māori.

Our team of facilitators are still travelling the country and last month held meetings in Christchurch and Dunedin.

  • Media as Allies: How media can best support an inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Te‌ ‌Toto‌ ‌Kei‌ ‌Roto:‌ ‌A‌ ‌Treaty‌ ‌that‌ ‌resonates‌ ‌with‌ ‌all‌ ‌Kiwis‌
  • Having the Important Conversations

We would like to thank all our participants who participated last month in our hui and who provided great insights and knowledge for our focus areas.

We will be holding further meetings next month in the Manawatu region, so please let us know if you would like to participate by contacting or check out our Events page on our website.

Job Vacancy: Communications Co-ordinator (15 hrs per week)

In 2021 we’ve be working to develop three networks, across diverse communities, to work on implementing the Belonging and Inclusion Strategy. The team will do this by organising small hui and a larger conference to develop and action work plans.

This position is responsible for managing the external and internal communications for the team, to build awareness of the organisation and its activities, advertise events and increase reach of the kaupapa.

Key responsibilities

  • Social Media – Management of all social media accounts.
  • Newsletter – Compose and mail out monthly newsletter
  • Other Content Creation & Management

This is a fixed-term contractor position. The position will be a 5 month contract position for 15 hours per week, with a start date of 1 August 2021 and an expected end date of 17 December 2021

To apply, send us your CV and covering letter (or a video) to: You can access the job description here.
The applications close on Friday, 23rd July 2021 at midday.

He Whenua Taurikura – New Zealand’s Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism – Day 2

The IACT team, joined New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which was held in Christchurch last month.
The hui was to deliver on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March 2019.

“He Whenua Taurikura, ‘a country at peace’, will look at how we can all contribute to making our country more inclusive and safe,” Jacinda Ardern said.

He Whenua Taurikura will be an annual hui promoting public conversation, understanding and research on radicalisation. It will look at ways to challenge hate-motivated extremist ideologies and to discuss priorities to address issues of terrorism and violent extremism.

For the further information and Anjum’s presentation please click here.

Data Access for Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono

We have available to access a deidentified copy of the data we collected during the Belonging conversations we conducted in 2020. This is an analysed dataset of over 15,000 pieces of qualitative data.

In the conversations, we asked three questions:

Question 1: When do you feel like you belong?

Question 2: What stops you from feeling like you belong?

Question 3: What needs to change so you feel like you belong?

If you are interested in the data for your research or interest, we will ask you to complete our Data Access Request documentation to make the information available. If you have any questions around this, please contact us at

In the News!

Stuff Articles

Thank you to Suff for supporting IACT with our mahi and interviewing our fabulous particpants who shared their stories on belonging. You can review these stories by clicking on the below links:

This is the story of the Raglan whaea and everyday racism.
Lucy Haru-Ruhi​ lives by the ATM philosophy: awhi, tautoko and manaaki: embrace, support, and respect.

It’s a philosophy that borrows its acronym from a money machine, but the currency exchanged is love and a sense of community.

Silver tsunami: The defiant oldies who ride their own wave
What happens as you age and life becomes a daily struggle? What’s it like as your family and friends fall away? Michelle Duff meets the boomers who aren’t waiting round to find out.

The non-binary kid who changed the way their school thought about gender
After the March 15 terror attack, a collective of 800 New Zealanders drew together nationwide to strategise against hate. This is Christchurch teenager Logan Rielly’s story of how they overcame it.

Logan Rielly is strutting towards the photographer, serving up a look. “Be staunch,” a man yells, passing by.


“Oh, honestly,” Logan says, flipping a dismissive hand. “I’m so used to that, it’s just nothing.”

More than 800 commit to researching for anti-hate strategy
In his first job in New Zealand, Wellingtonian Andrés Proaño Valencia had to contend with a boss who thought it was hilarious to make references to Colombian drug-running when Proaño Valencia was around.

After the March 15 terror attack, the Latin American IT professional joined the Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono, and has become part of a group of more than 800 who are helping to strategise to combat hate…

Matariki 2021

For Matariki, Reo Māori are encouraging everyone to learn a kaikōhau.

Kaikōhau means to express your hopes and desires. It’s something that you can use during Matariki, as we prepare for the new year ahead, and any other time throughout the year.

Reo Māori have now translated this special kaikōhau into 40+ languages so that all of us can connect to our ancestors this Matariki. Reo Māori are adding more languages as they go, so let them know if we can add yours.

Head on over to to start learning in te reo Māori as well as the language of your ancestors.

Share your kaikōhau by posting to their our moments wall or on social media by using the hashtag #kaikōhau and tagging us @reomaori.

They will be keeping an eye out on your posts as they have some limited edition Matariki hoodies to giveaway, so don’t forget to share and tag them!

Ākona te reo, e hoa mā!

Learn Now

Mānawatia a Matariki

Reo Māori

Our Resources

We have several resources that you can access, so please take the time to review our website.

Mapping Directory

We’ve put together a mapping directory of groups and organisations working in the Belonging and Inclusion space which can be found on our website here (make sure you scroll down the page and select the region). If you would like to be included in this directory it’s not too late. Please send your organisation’s contact details to Talie at

Tools for getting started!

We have a number of tools on our website to assist with your journey.