Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono – Update #40

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Nau mai, haere mai!

Welcome to our August Pānui!

It’s that magical time of the month again where we share our current mahi plus some cool opportunities, and how you can get involved. We’ve also got a special introduction to make this month – our new Project Co-Lead who has just joined the IACT whānau! Keep scrolling to meet him 🙂

Remember, we’re here to help you shine the light on the important issues, so if you have anything you’d like us to include in future pānui, on our website or social media, please do get in touch!

Mā te wa, 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

Nau Mai, Haere Mai to our new Co-Lead!

We are very excited to introduce you to our new Project Co-Lead, Gareth Jones – Te Arawa, Tainui and Taranaki.

Gareth has worked extensively as an executive for many years for multinationals and national organisations. With a passion for promoting the cause of Māori, diverse groups, supporting inclusivity and focusing on achieving equity, these are key principles in the mahi. He is also a facilitator for Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshops across the motu.

“My goal is to support the original tenants of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which is all about equity and unity for all within Aotearoa.”

Gareth will be working alongside Project Co-Lead Anjum Rahman to steer the IACT project. We’ll share more about Gareth soon!

Connect & Kōrero: Sun 7 August 2022

You’re invited to the next Connect & Kōrero event in Tāmaki Makaurau on Thursday 8 September, 5pm – 7pm (doors at 4pm) at the Fickling Convention Centre, Three Kings!

Connect & Kōrero is a free event for ethnic migrant and refugee youth to participate in meaningful kōrero, fun and networking with policymakers – so that ethnic youth voices can be regularly heard and represented in policy making.

If this kaupapa is close to your heart, we’d love you to join us. Click HERE to register. Registrations close Monday 5 September, 5pm.

**For Ethnic Youth: If you need support to attend the event, email us on [email protected]

#WelcomingWeek2022 – Kirikiriroa Hamilton

To celebrate Welcoming Week 2022 – Te Wiki o Manaaki, we’re collaborating with Hamilton City Council to host a special ‘Conversations about Belonging’ session.

In this session, a safe space will be created to share experiences and stories of belonging and not belonging. These stories will help IACT understand the identities, values and emotions that underpin belonging and inclusion today, and how to better engage communities in creating solutions and amplifying voices and experiences in Kirikiriroa Hamilton.

When: Tuesday 13 September 2022

Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Where: Reception Lounge, Hamilton City Council

Limited spaces, registration required – click HERE to register your attendance.

#WelcomingWeek2022 – Nelson Tasman

To celebrate Welcoming Week 2022 – Te Wiki o Manaaki, Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono (IACT) is collaborating with Tasman District Council to host a series of workshops in the Nelson Tasman region.

  • Tūrangawaewae Workshop in Tapawera – Fri 9 Sept, 10am – 12pm.
  • Conversations about Belonging Workshop in Mapua – Sat 10 Sept, 10am – 12pm.
  • Conversations about Belonging Workshop in Richmond – Sat 10 Sept, 2pm – 4pm.

For all the event details including how to register your attendance, click HERE!

Get Involved

NEST: Business Startup Programme for Migrant Communities

Do you have a business idea but don’t know how/where to start? or Do you want to start a business but can’t get funding?

Iti Rearea Collective in collaboration with Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition, Ngā Tāngata Microfinance, University of Otago and Women Entrepreneurship Centre (WEN) are calling for applications for their next NEST Business Startup Programme for Migrant Communities – due to take place in September 2022!

For more info or to apply visit:

Social Change Tool: Rangatahi Leadership Opportunities Database

There is a ‘opportunity divide’ in Aotearoa New Zealand in that not all young people have equal access to leadership opportunities that can grow their confidence, unlock their leadership potential, and increase their ‘merit’.

The team at Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ wants to change that, and in May 2022 they officially launched the Rangatahi Leadership Opportunities Database (RLOD) – to make access to youth leadership more transparent, fair, and equitable for all young people in Aotearoa New Zealand! 🙌

You can use the database to:

👉 Find leadership opportunities for you, your students and/or your community

👉 Submit leadership opportunities

👉 Access additional support (currently only available to students/graduates from Decile 1 – 3 high schools)

👉 It’s all free, for everyone, forever!

Visit to submit or browse opportunities!

NZ Fiji Families Wellbeing Trust: Wellness Expo

The New Zealand Fiji Families Wellbeing Trust will hold its inaugural Wellness Expo 2022, this Saturday 27 August, 10am – 3pm at The Salvation Army, 18 Alright Place, Mt Wellington, Auckland.

The event is for Education and Connection, a day of activities where they will bring together community organizations, service providers and speakers to raise awareness of and importance of mental, physical, social, and financial wellbeing to the community.

For further queries, please email [email protected] and follow NZ Fiji Families Wellbeing Trust on Facebook for more updates.

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.

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 Facebook, Instagram & 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 collaborating with us.