May 03, 2013
Indigenous people on the rampage
Waipareira Chief Executive John Tamihere says the West Auckland social services trust is part of a worldwide movement of indigenous groups taking control of their destiny.
The trust today unveils its strategic plan for the next 25 years, spelling out how it intends to improve the lives of those it serves.
Mr Tamihere says part of the plan is to partner with similar groups around the world, such as Families First which works with African American communities in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Our workers or some of our key workers will go over there on a secondment and some of their key workers will come back here. We will do the same with the First Nation; we will do the same with our Hawaiian brothers and sisters and our aboriginal brothers and sisters. They are on the rampage around the world, winning back which was stolen from them, taken and confiscated. These people are raging and doing great things. It’s regretful that people in our own backyard don’t value, don’t rate us but they do,” he says.
John Tamihere says Waipareira developed in response to the challenges of Māori urbanisation, and its 25 year plan will put it in an even stronger position to respond to future challenges.
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