Our engagement with Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket we will sustain the people

Inspiring Communities is committed to a Te Tiriti o Waitangi honouring Aotearoa where people actively participate in shaping their communities. Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a foundation for sharing power between tāngata whenua and tāngata Tiriti (all others who have come here) to sustain just and vibrant communities.

We champion ‘place’ within the context of Aotearoa and recognise te tino rangatiratanga of hapū as expressed in
He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni (the 1835 Declaration of Independence) and affirmed in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Self-determined processes for whānau/hapū /iwi are at the heart of flourishing wider communities.

As a small, tāngata Tiriti organisation with a national focus, our intentions are aspirational and realistic. Our Tiriti commitment is reflected conceptually, structurally and practically. We do this in the following ways:

Conceptually – the framing of ideas which inform our work

We develop CLD theory that is contextualised to Aotearoa and reflects the centrality of tāngata whenua to ‘place.’ We do this through applying a Treaty lens (see below) to our core conceptual work. We acknowledge our position as tāngata Tiriti and engage with Te Ao Māori to shape our work.

Structurally – Māori decision-making power and influence on our work

We are intentional in seeking input and involvement from Māori at strategic and operational levels. As an enabler at the local community level, we actively promote and support positive engagement with whānau/hapū/iwi. Work with tāngata whenua is built on recognition of self-determination.

Practically – the work we undertake and our ways of working

Our work strengthens the capacity of communities to contribute to a Treaty honouring Aotearoa.  We are developing our internal capability to work effectively with tāngata whenua.

Applying a Tiriti lens

We understand the commitments made in Te Tiriti o Waitangi as being critical to the context of CLD in Aotearoa. Therefore, we apply a Tiriti lens to our CLD work. The following questions guide us in this:

  • What does the concept/initiative/project look like using a Tiriti lens?
  • Who is shaping this work and what perspectives does it reflect?
  • How is this work grounded in an understanding of tāngata whenua relationships to place?
  • How does this work affirm and support te tino rangatiratanga?

Here is a tool for working with Tangata Whenua.

Here are some useful Te Reo resources.

Our way of working

CLD principles underpin everything we do.

Ka arahina ngā tikanga whakawhanake ā-hapori i ō tātou mahi katoa.

We are committed to a Tiriti honouring Aotearoa. As a small tāngata Tiriti organisation, our te Tiriti o Waitangi commitment is reflected conceptually, structurally and practically in what we do.

Ka whai tātou i te ara e whakahōnoretia te Tiriti. Kua whakaata tēnei takohanga ā-whakaaro, ā-whakatakotoranga, ā-tinana i ō tātou mahi katoa.

We build capacity, skills and knowledge to support both the national CLD movement and achievement of local aspirations.

Ka whakapikitia e mātou te raukaha, ngā pūkenga, me te mātauranga kia tautoko i te whakawhanake ā-hapori ki Aoteroa, ki te tutuki hoki i ngā whainga o te hapori.

We work ‘with’ others, not on our own. We model active listening, collaboration and building trusting, respectful relationships.

Ka mahi takitini, tē mahi takitahi. Ka whakatinanahia e mātou i ngā tikanga o te āta whakarongo, te mahi tahi, me te whai i ngā whanaungatanga mā runga i te whakawhirinaki me te whakaute.

We’re responsive, adaptive, enterprising and committed to reflecting and learning from all we do.

Ka whai whakaaro, ka whai urutau, ka whai rawa tātou. Ka piri tātou ki te tikanga o te whakaaroaro, me te ako i ō tātou mahi katoa.

We’re prepared to take risks and creatively model innovative responses to complex challenges and opportunities ahead.

Ka āhei tātou ki te whakawhara, ka auaha tō tātou tukanga ki ngā wero matatini me ngā huarahi whai hua.

Ka mahi tiritiri tātou. Ka whakamahia ō mātou tūhononga me tō matou mātauranga mō te hua o te rerenga whakawhanake ā-hapori kia whakatinanahia tika ai.

We share what we know, using our connections, networks and knowledge for greater gain of the CLD movement and effective CLD practice.

Ka mahi tiritiri tātou.

Ka whakamahia ō mātou tūhononga me tō matou mātauranga mō te hua o te rerenga whakawhanake ā-hapori kia whakatinanahia tika ai.