Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono – Update #34

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Nǐ hǎo

The IACT team is back for 2022! We hope you all had a restful and relaxing summer break, and the transition back into work has been smooth.

Our team officially returned to work at the beginning of February, and we kicked off our first week with a two-day strategic planning hui to create our roadmap for 2022. We’re a slightly smaller team this year, but with just as much drive and motivation for our mahi as ever. As the year progresses, we’ll regularly share with you what we’re working on, and how you or your community can get involved. There are some exciting opportunities coming up!

One of our main goals this year is to grow the IACT community, online and offline, so if there are any individuals or groups in your community/networks who don’t know about us but would tautoko our kaupapa, please do invite them to subscribe to our pānui or follow us on FacebookInstagram & Twitter. You can also direct them to our website to learn more about us, or they can email us if they have specific questions about partnering with us.

Finally, if you have any news, opportunities, resources etc…that you would like us to amplify for you through our channels, get in touch with our friendly Comms Coordinator Anusha or simply reply to this email.

Arohanui, The IACT team


He aha te kai a te rangatira? He kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero.

What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.

Aroha atu, aroha mai

Let us show respect for each other

Tātou i a tātou katoa

For one another

Hui e! Taiki e!

Bind us all together!


IACT in Action

IACT Project Update – Media as Allies

Following the summer break, the Media as Allies constellation held its first hui. Due to the Covid outbreak, the hui was shifted online and the group came together to chart a way forward.

The group is developing a project that will lead to regular engagement with those who work in media, with a view of working together to improve representation and reporting of all communities. As a first step, the group discussed a small research project to gather evidence of the current situation.

Our next meeting is on 6 March at 10am, please email kiaora@inclusiveaotearoa.nz if you would like to join us.

IACT share #WhatBelongingMeansToMe

At the end of last year we decided as a team that we wanted to end the year on a positive note, and share that positive note with our followers. So each of us took some time to share our whakaaro on what belonging means to us – and the result was beautiful!

Read the full #WhatBelongingMeansToMe series

New series of Community Voices for 2022

We’re in the planning stages of putting together a new series of Community Voices webinars (and corresponding podcasts for FreeFM for later in the year!), with the first webinar scheduled for Friday 11 March, 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

Save the date, more details coming soon!


Increase your knowledge

New research from Koi Tū

A confluence of economic, social, environmental, and technological factors are placing social cohesion in Aotearoa New Zealand under increasing threat. A new report produced by Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures at the University of Auckland, explores this challenge in detail.

The report discusses why social cohesion is critically important, outlines a framework for exploring social cohesion in New Zealand, and highlights the challenges posed by the internet and new media.

Download and read the full Sustaining Aotearoa New Zealand as a Cohesive Society report.


Get Involved

Register for Te Tiriti-based Futures + Anti-Racism 2022

‘Te Tiriti-based futures + Anti-racism’ is an innovative, Te Tiriti-based, anti-racism and decolonisation event in Aotearoa.

The event takes place every two years, meaning it’s now time for Te Tiriti-based futures + Anti-racism 2022, featuring an incredible lineup of influential speakers from 19 – 28 March (taking place mostly online)!

Register for the sessions HERE.

Kei Mura I Te Ahi: 24 Hour Marathon for Racial Justice

Te Tiriti-based Futures + Anti-Racism will conclude on 28 March with a unique platform for emerging voices called ‘Kei mura i te ahi: 24 hour marathon for racial justice’ powered by PechaKucha.

Students and recent graduates who are pushing the boundaries in anti-racism in Aotearoa and internationally are encouraged to participate.

Learn more about Kei Mura I Te Ahi and apply.

Refugee Writers’ Collective Deadline Extended

Calling all aspiring writers living in Aotearoa New Zealand that self-identify as a former or current refugee/asylum seeker!

The submission date for the Refugee Writers’ Collective has been extended to 1 March 2022, 11.59pm. If you’ve yet to submit your writing or if know someone in your networks who would be perfect for this opportunity – share this with them!

Cash prizes on offer + your work will be judged by a panel of esteemed judges including Golriz Ghahraman, Behrouz Boochani and Abbas Nazari!

Learn more about Refugee Writers’ Collective or submit your writing. 

Last week of the Auckland Pride Festival 2022

Did you know it’s Auckland Pride this month? It is also the 50 year anniversary of Pride in Aotearoa New Zealand!

We were gutted to hear that the Auckland Pride Festival had to be cancelled due to the Red traffic light setting. But the good news is the team have put together a beautiful selection of Red-safe/online events so the celebrations can keep happening regardless!

With only one week to go (the Festival concludes on Feb 27), head to the Auckland Pride Festival website to see what’s on this week!

Auckland Pride Festival Event Programme.


You can take a lead

A more inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand needs collective leadership and action. We invite you and your community to connect with us and others working for an inclusive society via the options below: