Bridging Cultures

Bridging the gap between pasifika, ethnic communities, and tangata whenua

Bridging Cultures is an initiative partnering with marae all over Aotearoa to hold day-long sessions allowing storytelling, connection, and learning between communities.

The research we conducted in our Belonging and Inclusion conversations highlighted the difficulty in forming connections across different communities, particularly with tangata whenua.

Our country is deeply influenced by its colonial history, and there are not enough resources and spaces for tauiwi to connect with tangata whenua and Te ao Māori culture. This inspired us to start this project to strengthen community solidarity and understanding across Aotearoa.

  • Why on the marae?

    Read about the importance of holding these hui at marae

  • What happens on the day?

    Learn about the processes and schedule of how these events run

  • What is the rōpū system?

    Learn about how the rōpū system creates ongoing change, well after the initial hui has taken place

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“Pai rawatu. Moving, emotional, thought-provoking.”

“The event not only helped lift the mana of everyone but allowed for us to have a voice in a place we need to be seen in.”