Commemorating the Treaty of Waitangi at VisionWest
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Commemorating the Treaty of Waitangi at VisionWest

Commemorating the Treaty of Waitangi at VisionWest

As part of our ongoing journey of enhancing our multi-cultural ethos, VisionWest are learning more about what it means to value a commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. This year, to commemorate and celebrate Waitangi Day, our Whānau Centre Nga Matapuna, hosted a range of events across two weeks culminating in a Hākari celebration.

It was fantastic to see so many people participating in weekly quizes and a number of staff won some great prizes. The Whānau Centre team worked hard at creating a space where people could come and visit them and learn more about the Treaty and what it might mean for us today and, as a focused discussion, they facilitated a Wānanga on Friday 5th where people had the opportunity to ask questions, speak their opinions and listen to the experts, all in a relaxed setting. Some of the questions we chewed over included "Why does the Treaty conjure mixed emotions amongst Maori and Pakeha? Is there ignorance on both sides?", "What are the key principles of the Treaty?", and "What about other migrants and cultures in New Zealand - what does it mean to be a New Zealander?"

On Friday 12 February, the Hākari event gave the whole campus, including children from VisionWest Kindy, an opportunity to end the commemorations with good korero, waiata, and, of course, great kai!