A Way Forward for Aotearoa New Zealand


Four critical themes for the future of New Zealand are The Treaty, the changing community, the future challenges and achieving Kotahitanga-Unity in an every-changing enviornment.

The opportunity to provide some personal reflections and contribution to a future New Zealand context is an opportunity which I welcome.†† †When first approached, I was reminded of an earlier occasion, alongwith a cross-section of New Zealanders when I was asked to reflect on my whanau journey from the time that the Treaty of Waitangi was executed in 1840, through to the 1990 Celebrations on the Signing of the Treaty.†† That† journey was through both my M‚ori, and European ancestry, and the resultant publication: 1840-1990- The Long White Cloud provided an insight into the multiple threads and realities that have provided the canvas to our lives over that 150 year span.


That stated, this current contribution in 2005 is as much a reflection of the tremendous changes that have occurred, as it is a subjective insight into the new pathways forward.†† I am hopeful that there will be some aspects of this overview that stir the mind to new challenges and possibilities in pursuit of this notion of renewal and nationhood.


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I would find it helpful to identify four central themes as critical, in my view to the future debate that is integral to ANEW NEW ZEALAND.


From my perspective these themes are:


††††††††††† The place of the Treaty in the New Zealand context


††††††††††† The changing community


††††††††††† The future challenges


††††††††††† Achieving Kotahitanga-Unity in an ever-changing environ


The place of the Treaty and its importance to all New Zealanders is my starting point.†† How to maintain respect for the founding document of our nation is

something that I reflect on daily.†† In particular I have real concerns that the

authentic historical journey from 1840 that we have all traversed is still, in 2005 not fully appreciated, understood or respected.††† Few would dispute that the Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealandís founding document and that over 500 chiefs and representatives of the British Crown proceeded to execute the document.


In the Treaty journey and debate we have all come a long way since 1840.† ††Even I have been enlightened over the last week to sight for the first time,copies of the original nine Waitangi Sheets of the Treaty document that were provided to officials and church representatives to traverse the land and obtain more signatures from chiefs across the country.†† What this highlights is that


Treaty knowledge needs to be known by all of us through our homes, our schools and our communities of interest.†


If we could better understand what did occur in the historic lead-up to the 6th February 1840, and following that event then to my mind that should give us all cause to reflect on the importance of this document both now and in the future.†††† The Treaty of Waitangi Information Programme, and educational programmes that extend our current understanding on the Treaty and its place in our lives is a vital element in enabling all of us to renew our commitment.††† The Celebration of the Treaty of Waitangi, I believe, as an annual event is an affirmation of our nationhood. I personally would like to continue to see regional events and focus on the Treaty across the country. †††For this is how the Treaty can continue to speak to us.†† But it should not in my view but just through exclusive one-off events.†† I think that more effort is required in the educational arena throughout the year.


The changing reality of the New †Zealand Community is something which I have noted over the last twenty or so years in particular.†† As I look around my whanau it is clear that we are largely a youthful mix of whanau members who are under 25 years of age but who are part of a larger population that is very different and in an older age category.††† I wonder if there is enough capacity for the M‚ori part of me to met the challenges that the countryís economy will require to keep us all moving forward.


The multiple interests that reside in this country have not been a focus of concern for me personally as I have always considered that our nation is a nation of migrants.†† I do not feel overwhelmed by the divergent interests that live in my neighbourhood, and my personal heritage is a mirror reflection of this reality.†† For myself, I have always celebrated diversity and will continue to do so. ††


The future challenges to my mind are around ensuring that the participation of all of us to secure sound economic development and opportunities for this country.†† That future will not be achieved in isolation as the global canvas and village of which we are a part requires all of us to be looking trans-nationally and wider when we are considering what to do next.†


In March of this year, I was honoured to have a facilitation role in the Hui Taumata Ė The M‚ori Economic Summit.†† Where we have participated as M‚ori in the economic sphere Ė has been through Farming, Fishing and Forestry largely, and I am confident that this will continue to add value to the New Zealand economy.†† However it was exciting to enter into a debate on the Creative Sector, Film and Fashion Technology and to consider just how these areas could be developed.


Achieving Kotahitanga Ė a sense of unity for me is an important consideration when I reflect on a future New Zealand.†† I would like the seeds of this to come from within the flaxroots of this country.†† †But it is not about unity at all costs Ė quite the contrary.†† I am a strong advocate for affirmation of what I see developing through diverse communities, be it traditional or innovative.†


At the same time, I consider that a strong M‚ori culture and identity is an excellent portent for the future New Zealand.††† Embracing that part of our being will be a vital next step for all New Zealanders.†† Late last year, I was honoured to be an adjudicator for the New Zealand Power List, and it was a process of validation of the leadership that mirrors this country.†† That leadership is transformational and forward-thinking and tells me that we are on the right pathway to a mature nation.†


At the same time, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that the paradigms of leadership and the core values that underpin that leadership have followed diverse pathways.†† The M‚ori Pathway to Leadership has been the subject of much debate and discourse both in terms of the Marae context and in the written domain.††


Studies of M‚ori Leadership, such as that undertaken by Api Mahuikaís discourse in Te Ao Hurihuiri on Leadership: Inherited and Achieved, have reminded me of the significant differences in emphasis, in the application of commonly accepted views of leadership at a tribal level.††† The place of the rangatira and the seniority accorded to the most senior family in that traditional society was clearly acknowledged, both historically in relation to the descent from the founding ancestor and in the modern domain through achieved leadership.††† The qualities of mana and tapu, akin to power, prestige and personal sanctity are integral components of M‚ori Leadership.†† As I look across the M‚ori domain, the leadership of King Koroki, Te Puea Herangi, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, I have studied because of my whakapapa linkages to the Kingitanga through both my grandparents.†† Over the last two decades, the sphere of influence and guidance of Dame Whina Cooper, Sir James Henare and John Rangihau are examples of that quality leadership and the mentoring and guidance that they have had over my life and education in Te Ao M‚ori.†† Through each I have learnt much about M‚ori Leadership and I have still much to learn on my personal journey into Te Ao Marama.


Some Final Comments


It is always a positive thing to reflect and to introspect on where we have been and where we are going to.† Equally it is important that we have catalysts that encourage us to think about things in a different way.†† Anew New Zealand is one such endeavour that would seek to encourage a value restatement and paradigm shift as to the how and what it is that we want to be.†† This is timely and I would welcome an opportunity which may well lead to a wider debate because it is through ď turning to one another and simple conversations that we restore hope to the futureĒ.

Pauline Kumeroa Kingi

CNZM, NZIM Fellow, BA, DipCrim, LLB, LLM Harvard, Regional Director Tamaki Makaurau Regional Office

Pauline Kingi was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1980 and is also a Corporate Director, with membership of both the Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Institute of Management. Her extensive community and public sector involvement has spanned over 28 years, and she has been Awarded the Zonta Women of the Year Award, Chicago; The New Zealand Law Society Bicentennial Scholarship for Outstanding M‚ori Law Student; the Harkness Commonwealth Fund of New York Award and the 21st Century Trust Fellowship(United Kingdom) She was a National Director for Te Roopu Tomokia, the M‚ori Land Research Programme to assist Iwi-M‚ori with land-related problems across the country, and held this position for three years, working through the National Council of Churches, M‚ori Section, with funding provided from the World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism, and the Christian Conference of Asia. She is the Tamaki Makaurau Regional Director for the Ministry of Maori Development which covers an area from Te Hana in the Northern Kaipara through to Meremere in the Southern portion of the region, and including both the Hauraki Gulf and South Kaipara Coastlines. Ms Kingi is a former Tamaki Makaurau Regional President of the Maori Womenís Welfare League and is now a life member of the Arahina Branch. She has also held executive roles and chaired the New Zealand Healthcare Standards Council for Accreditation of Health Services in Hospitals and Community. She has worked with the M‚ori Wardens at both a National and a Regional Level, to develop this M‚ori entity, and in 1996, and again in 2004, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the M‚ori Wardens for this mahi.

She is a past Chair of the Auckland Institute of Technology and lodged the application for AIT to become the first University of Technology in New Zealand. She is a current member of the AUT Council and was Convenor of Maori Education for the University through to 2003. She was recognised for services to the AUT, with an Honorary Associate Award in 1999.

She has been a Director and Trustee for the Aotea Centre Board of Management, Moana Pacific Fisheries, and the Furniture Industry Training Organisation. Her work now extends to a Trustee role for the Tamaki Pathways Youth Trust, and Deputy Chairperson for the Paerangi Limited Maori Boarding Schools Company. She is a member of the Auckland Transport Action Group, and is a current member of the Auckland Regional Land Transport Committee. She is a founding member of the Strategic Leadership Group for the development of the Auckland Regional Economic Strategy (AREDS), now in its Implementation Phase. She has assisted in 2003-2004, AREDS in the identification of the M‚ori Programme Manager to develop the M‚ori Workstreams for this regional economic initiative and is currently advising the Implementation Leaders Group on the selection of M‚ori Economic Projects. She attended the inaugural meetings of the Americaís Cup Stakeholderís Forum convened by Auckland City Council, in the lead up to the final Defence Series for the Cup. She is a member of the Auckland District Advisory Taumata, to assist the Auckland District Commander of Police on sensitive issues involving the Maori Community and Policing. She provides the Strategic Leadership of the Public Sector Regional Intersector Forums in Auckland and Waitakere City, with relevant policy issues, such as the Joint Engagement Team recommendations for the ďPĒDrug Epidemic, referred to the Senior Officials Group in Wellington for due consideration. Through this JET she is working with key agencies and officials to develop an information awareness kitset for Regional distribution initially. As a member of the Auckland Transport Action Group, she has worked with the business community and local government to identify a strategy to address the critical issue of Auckland Transport, and the final paper that was presented to government and received positive endorsement and support at a central level.


In June 2004, she was elected to the New Zealand Institute of Management, Auckland Division, and is the first M‚ori to be appointed to this body. She sees the 300+ programmes which the NZIM has to offer as providing M‚ori with a range of managerial tools that will assist M‚ori Development, and membership of this Body as a strategic opportunity to promote access to such knowledge.

In the last four weeks she has worked with the Institute to provide packages of information to be distributed across the principal Iwi-M‚ori organisations in the region, as well as to the Head Office, and the Regional offices of the Ministry of M‚ori Development. In July 2004 she was nominated for and selected for the NZIM Fellow Award from the New Zealand Institute of Management.

She has received recognition with a Suffrage Honour for services to women in 1994, and in 1999 received the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to New Zealand. In 2000 she was selected for an inaugural Manawahine Award, from the M‚ori Womenís Welfare League, and received this Award from Te Arikinui, Dame Te Ata Rangikaahu.

In December 2001, in recognition of voluntary work for New Zealand and Manukau City, a Certificate for the International Year of the Volunteer from the Honourable George Hawkins and Sir Barry Curtis, Mayor of Manukau City Council. She is an advisory trustee for the Tamaki Pathways Trust, a collaboration between Rotary, Judge Peter Boshier, the Justice Department, Tamaki College,Auckland Police and Te Puni KŰkiri, to work with and develop models for community diversion of Youth at Risk, including Rangatahi from the East Auckland Community of the Auckland Region. She is assisting the development of Leadership New Zealand, a community leadership programme for New Zealand future leaders, to create and foster social capital in this country.

Through a range of resourcing mechanisms, over the last four years, she has managed with a dedicated staff resource, the Ministryís Tahua Kaihoatu Ė M‚ori Provider Development Fund, Capacity Building Fund, Special Advisory Fund Positions, Kaitataki-a-Rohe Fund, Local Level Solutions Projects and the Direct Resourcing Pilot for Whanau Integrated Care with the Te Whanau Waipareira Trust, across the Auckland Region, but exclusive of South Auckland. This role has been further expanded with the wider role that she now has across the greater Tamaki Makaurau region. These programmes have been a catalyst for Whanau,Hapu,Iwi and M‚ori development to fulfil the aspiration of the current administration of He Putahitanga Hou Ė constructive engagement with M‚ori. She considers working for Maoridom and this country to be an honour and a rare privilege.



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