Organisational stories

Ngā Rerenga o Te Tiriti draws on and quotes from interviews conducted with a range of organisations, including:

Multicultural New Zealand: the umbrella body for New Zealand’s 18 regional Multicultural Councils. This story considers the relationship between Te Tiriti and multiculturalism. It shows a national umbrella organisation supporting regional member councils to develop skills and to nurture local Treaty relationships.

Occupational Therapy New Zealand/Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (OTNZ-WNA): a membership body for occupational therapists. Supported by external advisors, OTNZ-WNA is engaged in a transformative journey to a new Treaty relationships governance model. This story reflects on critical factors so far, and on what OTNZ-WNA needs to do to embed their model.

Raetihi Community Charitable Trust: a small local community trust in the rohe of Ngāti Rangi and Uenuku. The Trust enjoys an instinctive and practical Treaty engagement. Their story considers the value of documenting ways of working andemphasises that effective relationships are underpinned by a respect for values, and for Te Ao Māori.

Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST): an organisation with an established ‘two whare/house’ structure. Ngā Kaitiaki Mauri contains those working from kaupapa and tikanga Māori worldviews. The Tauiwi Caucus contains those working from Tauiwi worldviews. Separate interviews with representatives of each whare reinforce the primacy of relationships, and explore the effort required to sustain those relationships.

Te Huarahi mo te puawaitanga o ngā kura whānau ngatahi o Te Puaha o Waikato (Te Huarahi): a broad local network aiming to improve educational outcomes for Māori students in Pukekohe. This story examines the power of a community working collectively to address entrenched attitudes. It identifies community training workshops and hapū-based Treaty relationships as pivotal.

Youthline Otago: a support service for Otago’s young people. This story explores an organisation with a stated commitment to the Treaty, and that has undertaken regular Treaty training, but that has found it challenging to put this commitment and training into practice. Recent changes to Youthline Otago’s Treaty training have sparked new enthusiasm for applying the Treaty in practical ways.

In addition, Barnardos have also shared key documents and initiatives from their organisational voyage.

If you enjoy organisational stories and want more, take a look at the case-studies of international development agencies shared in Treaty Journeys (2007).