In this blog post, we've decided to put the English translation after the majority of the te reo Māori words used — this is to make both terms accessible.
An important part of our diversity and inclusion strategy is understanding tikanga Māori (Māori customs or principles) and embedding these into our work and our culture. Introducing a noho marae (overnight stay at a marae) into our induction process is one of the ways we’re doing this.
By providing an opportunity for everyone at Springload to go on a noho marae we hope to:
- gain a deeper understanding of tikanga Māori especially around pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), eating kai, and respecting the kawa (protocols) of the marae
- understand ourselves and each other a little better
- understand Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how can we apply the principles to the way we work with Māori team members, clients, and end users
- encourage and foster collaboration between teams, leaders, individuals.
Reflections from our first noho marae
At Koraunui Marae we started our journey together, connected with one another, and came away with a shared experience. Below some of the team share their reflections from the noho marae.
The first of many noho marae experiences
Incorporating a noho marae in our induction process was one of the goals we mentioned in our blog on using data to shape diversity and inclusion goals. Next year we look forward to extending this opportunity to more of the team so we can observe tikanga Māori and better understand, partner, and support our Māori team members, clients, and end users.
By making our diversity and inclusion goals public and sharing our progress on building and looking after a diverse team, we hope to inspire others to do the same. If you have any diversity and inclusion tips you’d like to share with us, please get in touch.
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