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Huia Tāngata Kōtahi – Unite the People

06 February 2023
A wānanga series of online videos feature conversations with Māori influencers about the systemic injustices experienced by Māori including gambling harm, through a social justice lens.
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Watch the series from February 6 2023

In recognition of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Problem Gambling Foundation will launch a new wānanga series of online videos entitled Huia Tāngata Kōtahi – Unite the People on Waitangi Day 2023.

This project aims to promote holistic intergenerational wealth creation underpinned by mātauranga māori values, increase awareness about systemic injustices, and to denormalise and destigmatise gambling harm for Māori communities as a priority population.

The initiative is funded by Health Promotion at the National Public Health Service (formerly Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency) the Safer Gambling Aotearoa Community Fund.

Kia tau: The Māori influencers in these videos have generously shared their stories so that anyone can listen, learn and share in their experiences

Part 1 - Mātike Mai Aotearoa with Associate Professor Veronica Tāwhai, Massey University Pūkenga Tiriti

Associate Professor Tāwhai is a founding member of Te Ata Kura Society for Conscientisation, and a lead contributor and facilitator to Mātike Mai Aotearoa the call for Constitutional Transformation.

Veronica discusses her experiences as an advocate for Māori political determination as a vehicle to achieve a socially just society where all peoples can flourish.

Part 2 - Māoriland with Libby Hakaraia MNZM

Filmmakers Libby Hakaraia and husband Tainui Stephens founded the Māoriland Film Festival to bring social, economic, and cultural benefit to Ōtaki. In 2023 the MFF turns 10 years old and is set to be the largest indigenous film festival in the world. The MFF operates from the Māoriland Hub, the centre for Indigenous Film and Creative Excellence where rangatahi are training as storytellers and artists.

Libby discusses her experiences with multi-levelled racism as the driver to want to make change in the world through indigenous storytelling.

Part 3 - Soldiers Rd with Taaniko and Vienna Nordstrom

Taaniko and Vienna are co-founders of Soldiers Rd Portraits. Their unique photography experience has connected hundreds of whānau and indigenous peoples all over the world to reclaim their mana through the visual representation of themselves in the likeness of their tūpuna.

They discuss the importance of valuing cultural heritage as a vehicle to heal and make transformational change in the world.

Part 4 - Rongoā Collective of the ART Confederation with Sharlene Maoate-Davis, Pania Solomon, and Hemaima Carkeek-Wiremu

Sharlene, Pania, and Hemaima are co-founders of the Rongoā Collective of the ART Confederation. Sharlene, Pania, and Hemaima visualise the importance for whānau to reclaim their rongoā practice accessible in everyday life for the three iwi Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira.

They discuss rongoā practices to regenerate our healing connection to wairua and mauri.

Series Launch

On 1 February, PGF Services via the Te Oranga e Rikoriko ai Shining a Light on Gambling Harm platform launched the Huia Tāngata Kōtahi series, as well as to acknowledge and celebrate the collaborative partners.

Heitia Raureti (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rangitihi) provided takutaku (traditional incantations) to clear the pathway for the series and embue with mauri. In lieu of a waiata in the online forum, a taonga puoro composition by Jerome Kavanagh Poutama and his whānau Te Haa o Pohokura was played.

On behalf of the Safer Gambling Aotearoa Fund, the opening address was delivered by Hannah Pike and Connie Field from Te Hiringa Hauora (HPA) known now as Health Promotion within the National Public Health Service of Te Whatu Ora. Nita Ropata-Riki and Peti Waaka presented about the project.

Bonus: Māori equity and gambling conference presentation

Is Māori equity attainable in the Midlands? The dream versus reality of pokies in Māori communities presented at the International Gambling Conference 2022.

The intent of the presentation is to share observations as a Multi Venue Exclusion (MVE) Coordinator, analysing gaming venues in Māori communities across the Midlands region: Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki Territorial Local Authorities (TLAs).

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