The Tū Kaha ran from the 21st -23rd of August in Palmerston North and was hosted by Midcentral District Health Board (DHB). The conference provided the opportunity for Māori working in health from six DHBs in the Central region to whakawhanaungatanga (build relationships), to learn, and to hear from Māori leaders. It was wonderful for Te Rau Matatini staff to be back in the Manawatū, the origins of the Tū Kaha conference and Te Rau Matatini.
The theme for this year’s conference was the well-known whakataukī from Tā Hemi Henare:
“Kua tawhiti kē to haerenga mai, kia kore e haere tonu. He tino nui rawa ou mahi, kia kore e mahi nui tonu”
“You have come too far, not to go further. You have done too much, not to do more.”
The conference had three streams, each with a theme and named after a local awa (river):
Ōtaki – Workforce development
Rangitīkei – Iwi and Māori provider development
Manawatū – Advancing the Māori equity agenda and owning it
It certainly was the privilege of Te Rau Matatini to sponsor and attend Tū Kaha 2018, and to be with many Māori leaders. Inspiring and challenging kōrero took place, and many enjoyed the opportunity to whakawhanaunga and to re-energise.