He mihi Aroha
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Kua harikoa ahau! So happy after much work in the background to have delivered the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Hawke's Bay Tikanga wānanga on Tuesday at Pukemokimoki marae. Participants learnt about whānaungatanga and manaakitanga in te ao Māori and how we can take tikanga from the marae and bring it in to our work. What does a karanga and hongi look like at your workplace? Ngā mihi to all who came and shared and to our amazing facilitator and leader Wairangi Jones! Next stop Hamilton, you guys are in for a treat! #charteredaccountants #hawkesbay #tikanga
Events, Marketing and Project Management Professional
Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children
It was lovely to meet with you yesterday, the whole day was really insightful and I can see huge benefits for Oranga Tamariki if we are to get this right. I really enjoyed being challenged in the Te Ao Māori, and have decided with my other half (who’s Ngāti Porou) that we’re going to speak more Te Reo at home, just so that I can start to be more confident in my pronunciation.
I will be touch, as I would like to run both this introduction session within the organisation for a few more groups, as well as a follow up session with the group from yesterday.
Take care and we’ll speak soon.
General Manager at Oranga Tamariki
Pinnacle Midlands Health Network
I am “blown away” by how excited I am today when reflecting on the last 48 hours, your leadership, the passion of the group and the amazing facilitation from Wairangi and Panda (my wife Sue is asking me to chill and to stop talking about it!)
As alluded to, I have taken a personal step late last year to ensure that I had a much deeper and meaningful relationship with tangata whenua through my own wānanga study and I have subsequently enrolled in another two weeks ago. It has changed my pākehā view of the world sooooo much! This programme adds to this considerably – so thanks.
I can’t pass on the depth of my whakawhetai (and the emotion it creates in me) that we have started on this and all of your parts in getting this to where it is now – please keep up the amazing work and let’s get the momentum shift that this should always have had. If I can personally assist you in anyway – please don’t hesitate to contact me in confidence.
Please also pass this thanks on to Wairangi and Panda, you could not have picked better/more respected facilitators (it’s so enjoyable but with appropriate levels of tūtakarerewa for us).
Ka mau te wehi! Kia pai tō rā whakatā.
Lakes District Health Board
Kia ora Wairangi,
Tēnā koe – your contribution to the Winter Symposium was magnificent.
I am so grateful to you for your advice and guidance for the tikanga and acting as Kaumatua for the Pohiri and Karakia.
Tēnā koe – for your brilliant Cultural Competency Workshop. I learned a lot from this and all my colleagues who attended told me it was the best cultural training day they had attended.
Finally tēnā koe – for allowing me to interrogate you as a patient. This session was very well received and great for grounding us all to what really matters in our clinical world.
It was great spending time with you and learning from you.
I hope you enjoyed the conference – my wife, Jana, really enjoyed your company at the dinner.
I hope we can work again soon (but not in a shocking way!).
Dr Peter Freeman
The Head of Accident and Emergency at Rotorua hospital
Te Ara Whānui Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Kōhanga Reo o Te Awakairangi
I just wanted you to pass on our mihi from my team to Koro Wairangi, as I didn't quite get the chance to at the end. We really valued his input and contributions which anchored us and the kaupapa beautifully in te ao Māori. I can tell that the final outcome for this project with be rich in tikanga and a cultural knowledge base with this wānanga at the helm. You are lucky to have such a treasure on board your waka, and please on our regards.
Nā reira, e ngā pūmanawa e waru, whērā tonu tō whakawhanaunga ki a mātou me te nui o ngā pūkenga kei a koe. Ko te ahi tupua i Hawaiiki kei te kā tonu i Te Rotorua nui a Kahumatamomoe, whērā hoki rā te manaakitanga me te ihi o tōu iwi. Kua tae atu tēnei ki roto o Ngāti Pikiao (me te whānau Maaka), kua koni atu ki te mura o tēnā ahi, ā kei te miharo, kei te mihi hoki ki a koutou nā. Pai mārire.
Ngā mihi o Matariki ki a kōrua,
Kaiako Toi - Arts Teacher
The University of Waikato
Tēnā koutou katoa,
We have just had the great pleasure of participating in a workshop provided by Wairangi Jones for the graduate students and staff in our clinical psychology training programme. Matua Jones was warm and approachable, and immediately got the group actively involved, interacting and learning some basic tikanga, as well as understanding the meaning beneath the tikanga and applying it to our particular needs and roles. The workshop was well structured and conducted, and left us with some specific learnings (e.g. the meaning and proper conduct of hongi, practice with a waere appropriate to many occasions, and korero on storytelling as a way to facilitate connection), as well as a wish for further learning and the confidence to seek out similar experiences.
It is clear that Wairangi Jones has deep and broad experience in guiding tauira, and we would recommend his workshop highly.
Carol Cornsweet Barber
Ph.D, Senior Lecturer & Director of Clinical Psychology Training Programme