Tū mai e nga rangatira, tū mai hei mataariki, tū tei tirohanga mō te ao

Rackie & Iris Pahau

The theme for the Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (OTNZ-WNA) Conference 2019 was composed by Matua Wereta (Rackie) Pahau, Tikanga Advisory, OTNZ-WNA. 

Whakatauki/Proverbs play a major role within Māoridom.  As with proverbs the interpretation of a whakatauki is left to the reader to find the message within.  The tag line for this whakatauaki is Leaders: Stand, be seen & shine’.  It invites all of us as Rangatira/Leaders and Ariki/Chiefs to let our countenance be radiant, let it shine so that it can be seen throughout the world.  Another hidden message could be ‘[1]let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works…….’

Naturally, we don’t consider ourselves as Rangatira, however, within Te Ao Māori every person is a Rangatira which depicts the status that our culture places on every human being.  Again, people would not consider themselves Ariki either, however, the whakatauki allays that status symbolically on each of us acknowledging the tohungatanga/expertise of the skills that we as professionals have.

This conference theme follows the pattern of the 2018 of Ko ngā tapuwae tukuiho, ko te huarahi manawapou/Follow the footsteps of your ancestors to enable resilience and sustainability.  Resilience and sustainability enables ngā tangata/individuals and whānau/families to achieve rangatiratanga /self-determination

This years- conference theme calls on us to consider the influence we all have in our fields of expertise.  It provides an opportunity to showcase and reflect on:

  • Te ārahi i te tangata kē/ Leading others
  • Te ārahi i ngā mahi tiaki/Leading practice
  • Te ārahi rangahau/Leading research
  • Te ārahi auahatanga/Leading innovation
  • Ngā kaiwhakaora ngangahau hei kaihautū/Occupational therapists as leaders
  • Te ārahi i roto i te mahi kōtui/Leading in partnership
  • Ngā ara o mua iho ki nāianei/Pathways to the present
  • Te kaihautū hei ārahi i te kaihautū/Leaders leading leaders
  • Te hautū me te ōritetanga/lead others/Leadership and equity; lead practice; lead research; lead innovation

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So, we invite you to register for the Conference to embrace and contribute to the learnings of how this profession can lead change, transform change and enable others to become Rangatira/Ariki in their own environments.

Nau mai, piki mai, kake mai te Rangatira, tū mai e ngā rangatira, tū mai hei mataariki, tū tei tirohanga mō te ao, whakamaua ki a tūtūru, tinā hui e taiki e

[1] Matt 5:16

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