Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono – Update #38

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Tēna koutou,

Nau mai, haere mai – welcome to our Pipiri (June) Pānui!

It’s officially mid-winter and as of two days ago, Matariki, which signals the beginning of the Māori New Year! We hope you and your whanāu enjoy and cherish this special time. Read on for the latest news, events and opportunities from us and the community.

Mānawatia a Matariki! ✨

The IACT team (Anjum, Atarau, Talie, Graeme, Tim, Rachael & Anusha)

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

Connect & Kōrero – Register now!

We are proud to be collaborating with the Ministry of Youth Development, University of Auckland and Innovation Unit to organise a series of special events for ethnic young people as part of the Ethnic Youth Voices Project. Click below to learn more about the first event taking place in Tāmaki Makaurau and how to register.

Alternatively if you know ethnic young people in your communities that would love to attend – please do share this invite with them! RSVP’s close Wednesday 29 June, 5pm. Learn more and register.

Upcoming events for The Inclusive Faith Project

We’ve teamed up with the Office of Disability Issues, The NZ Human Rights Commission, NZ’s Religious Diversity CentreYes DisabilityNZ Muslim Association and others for The Inclusive Faith Project – a multi-sector multi-faith initiative.

The Inclusive Faith Project is focused on the full participation of disabled persons in the life and practice of their faith communities for mutual benefit of all. A series of regional gatherings have been organised to bring disabled people into conversation with faith influencers and leaders.

Click HERE to read more about the project or to register for the upcoming events! Please do share these invites with others in your community.

Mānawatia a Matariki!

This Friday 24 June 2022, Aotearoa New Zealand for the very first time will have a public holiday specifically for Matariki. As Simon Day, contributing writer for The Spinoff says in his article ‘Mānawatia a Matariki! Tips for how to celebrate if you don’t know where to start’:

“When we celebrate Matariki on Friday, June 24, Aotearoa will dedicate a day to mātauranga Māori. It will be the first time tikanga Māori is officially recognised by the colonial calendar with a public holiday. And according to the research of Dr Rangi Mātāmua, the humble superstar of the Matariki movement, the official recognition will make Matariki the first reintroduced indigenous holiday in the world.”

We’ve really enjoyed the many social media posts, articles, podcasts, interviews etc…that have surfaced recently – especially those that encourage people to grow their understanding of Matariki and all it signifies. Learn more about Matariki and how you can celebrate.

Get Involved

Make a donation to Gender Dynamix of Aotearoa

In the early hours of Thursday 15 June, a fire destroyed a building in the Historic Village complex in Tauranga. The building is co-leased by Gender Dynamix of Aotearoa and Rainbow Youth for their mahi, and the fire is being treated as ‘suspicious’ by Police. Both organisations relied on this space to meet the needs of the gender diverse and rainbow community in Tauranga.

A Givealittle crowdfunding page has been set up by a former employee to raise funds for Gender Dynamix, to continue to provide support to the rainbow and gender diverse community. If you are able to give koha please do, and/or share this fundraiser with others in your networks. Ngā mihi!

Authenticity Aotearoa announces new Woman of Colour Conference

Authenticity Aotearoa – an organisation focused on empowering women of colour to express their authentic selves in their personal and professional lives – has just announced the date for the first ever Women of Colour Conference! Learn more…

Applications open for Accentuated WoC Leadership programme

Suki Xiao, certified career coach and founder of As You, is on a mission to empower women of colour to grow their career and leadership aspirations!

Suki has just released details of an upcoming programme called Accentuated – a 6 month leadership programme, specifically designed for ethnic women leaders. Learn more…

Listen to the #PassTheMic podcast series

You may have already heard through the community grapevine that Belong Aotearoa in collaboration with StoryoPlanet FM and Sport Waitākere have recently produced and released a new podcast series called #PassTheMic!

Featuring interviews with 15 people of migrant and refugee backgrounds living in Tāmaki Makaurau, we highly recommend adding this to your podcast listening list! Listen here…

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: