Atawhai Ngā kupu - Kind Words

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


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!).

Ngā mihi


Dr Peter Freeman, the Head of Accident and Emergency at Rotorua hospital

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