August 5, 2009

For a bright future, it is people, it is people at home and abroad

If there is to be a bright future for New Zealand in the world, it will require new forms of relationship building between locally-established people, and newcomers from diverse parts of the world.
April 2, 2009

Smart universities and localities for smarter intercultural collaborations

Although I was brought up to be accepting of many cultures and backgrounds, for much of my life, my only first-hand experience was of the white and western way of life.
March 4, 2009

A local connection-based social work model

When I was a local government representative in the mid 1990s, I relied heavily on the wisdom of people I referred to as ‘Community Translators’ - people such as Rick Kahukiwa
February 9, 2009

Waitangi Day 2009: towards new reconciliation and community development?

For a long time I have thought Maori have much to teach the rest of us (in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in general). Maori have had many generations living with each other and the environment, and have had to retain, adapt and develop their culture through tough colonial, post-colonial and now global times.