Tutors named for councillors’ training on cultural issues

Glenis Philip-Barbara and Dr Wayne Ngata nominated as tikanga trainers

Glenis Philip-Barbara and Dr Wayne Ngata nominated as tikanga trainers

GISBORNE District councillors will be asked to approve the appointment of Glenis Philip-Barbara and Dr Wayne Ngata for their cultural tikanga training.

Councillors meet at full council meeting tomorrow.

Mrs Philip-Barbara is general manager of Te Ha Sestercentennial Trust and Dr Ngata is chairman of the Maori Language Commission.

If the appointments are authorised, councillors will undergo a “Tairawhiti Cultural Futures” programme designed to:

• Create active awareness of race relations.

• Build a deeper understanding of how those relationships work in culturally diverse communities and their effect on decision-making.

• Provide practical tools to ensure equitable decision making.

The programme will be offered in three stages — a pre-programme workshop that is an information sharing process involving collating short biographies of participants, conducting a brief survey to gather initial thoughts of participants, and providing a short presentation entitled Making the Unconscious Conscious.

There will be a one-day workshop for governance and/or management, covering how decisions are made, how race matters in our lives, nationality, ethnicity, race and iwi

The sessions will aim to develop practical tools and techniques to help make unbiased decisions and there will be follow-up meetings with participants to revisit application of workshop tools.

GISBORNE District councillors will be asked to approve the appointment of Glenis Philip-Barbara and Dr Wayne Ngata for their cultural tikanga training.

Councillors meet at full council meeting tomorrow.

Mrs Philip-Barbara is general manager of Te Ha Sestercentennial Trust and Dr Ngata is chairman of the Maori Language Commission.

If the appointments are authorised, councillors will undergo a “Tairawhiti Cultural Futures” programme designed to:

• Create active awareness of race relations.

• Build a deeper understanding of how those relationships work in culturally diverse communities and their effect on decision-making.

• Provide practical tools to ensure equitable decision making.

The programme will be offered in three stages — a pre-programme workshop that is an information sharing process involving collating short biographies of participants, conducting a brief survey to gather initial thoughts of participants, and providing a short presentation entitled Making the Unconscious Conscious.

There will be a one-day workshop for governance and/or management, covering how decisions are made, how race matters in our lives, nationality, ethnicity, race and iwi

The sessions will aim to develop practical tools and techniques to help make unbiased decisions and there will be follow-up meetings with participants to revisit application of workshop tools.

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