Exciting seismic shifts are happening in New Zealand’s cultural political landscape. The regular use of Te Reo, recognition of Te Ao Māori, and a growing understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi demonstrate a movement with the potential to radically re-orientate New Zealand to be a better place for all.

Community-led development (CLD) is one strand that can support this movement achieve effective and lasting change. Facilitated by Christina Howard, joined by David Hanna, Whananaki’s Pam Armstrong, Jo Brand from Te Rūnanga o Hokonui, and Tony Kake from Papakura Marae, this kōrero was just the beginning of sharing knowledge and experiences that enrichen community practice for us all.

We discussed the strengths of community-led development (CLD) and honouring Te Tiriti and Mātauranga Māori. How the strands that each hold are sometimes weaved together while at other times they can sit in parallel or alongside in place.

Every place and context is different. Based loosely on this article by Inspiring Communities’ David Hanna, alongside a piece from Pam Armstrong, the Strength of Whananaki, the webinar was a rich kōrero discussing practical examples, applying principles, progressing shared visions, using mechanisms such as mana enhancing agreements and determining each party’s contributions in this conversation, to help to build understanding of the concepts and practices that support strengthening Te Tiriti and CLD mahi.