July 24, 2020
Māori values vital in pandemic recovery
Big ideas and big solutions to the problems facing New Zealand are expected from a seminar at Wellington’s Pipitea Marae tomorrow.
Alternative Aotearoa will be co-chaired by justice advocate Julia Whaipooti and Kiwibank 2020 New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand.
One of the organisers, John Minto, says the country’s response to recovering from the pandemic should not be going back to business as usual where the rich get richer and everyone else goes backwards.
He says Māori input is essential to the seminar, both with presenters and panelists and in the range of ideas to be discussed.
“Some of the values that underpin Māori approach to community are the sort of values that we need to underpin our society as we come out of the pandemic. Poverty and inequality – we should be absolutely embarrassed at the situation we have in New Zealand. Some people are but the whole country should be. We can do much better,” Mr Minto says.
Alternative Aotearoa kicks off with a mihi whakatau at 8.30am tomorrow, and the seminar will be live streamed on the Daily Blog website.
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