Building a thriving workplace community

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is committed to building an inclusive and diverse organisation where its people feel part of a thriving community.

In 2021, we rolled out our visual identity to put whakaaro and kaupapa Māori at the heart of our workspaces. This increased our sense of culture and community and has enabled better teamwork and collaboration. We have been able to come together for all-staff meetings (including karakia and waiata), mihi whakatau for new starters, team events, and create “neighbourhoods” of shared space for teams.

Te Tautiaki – growing our cultural capability

As part of building on our organisational cultural capability and enabling the application of MAIHI as well as shaping a culture that embraces and responds to te ao Māori in a meaningful way, we established Te Tautiaki – our cultural capability strategy and action plan. Te Tautiaki conveys the need to grow the skills and confidence of our people to better engage and partner with iwi and Māori to enable kaupapa Māori approaches in response to the housing crisis.

The creation and respect of our karakia and waiata, widely used across Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga, shows our commitment to shaping a culture that embraces and normalises te ao Māori. Our kaimahi hōu (new starters) are welcomed to Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga through whakatau, which is a tikanga that embraces and welcomes the skills, passions and whānau of our new kaimahi.

The work Te Tautiaki is doing is important to support our people to grow their capability and have an understanding of te ao Māori as we strive to be a Tiriti-anchored organisation

Kararaina Calcott-Cribb, Deputy Chief Executive, Tumuaki – Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora

Māori Language Plan – Taukaea

This has been developed with the support of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo – the Māori Language Commission. Taukaea show the preparedness of Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga to being a system leader in its commitment to recognising the mana and critical awareness of te reo Māori and to making the necessary change to develop, embed and normalise te reo Māori. Taukaea aligns with the Public Service Act 2020, which requires public sector organisations to develop and maintain the capability of their people to engage with Māori and understand Māori perspectives.

Te Kākano and Tipu

These are six-week learning programmes, we are building a strong foundation of cultural capability and understanding of te reo and tikanga Māori, and the Māori narratives used by Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga. Te Kākano started in June 2021 and our Tipu programme is due to start in October 2021.

Whare Kōrero - marae-based wānanga

Te Tautiaki has developed a range of initiatives in partnership with our people, focused on building our organisational cultural capability to shape a culture that embraces and responds to te ao Māori in a meaningful way.

The first Te Kākano and Whare Kōrero happened this year. Our people were given the opportunity to increase their knowledge of tikanga and te ao Māori and ask any questions they might have in an open environment. Currently, 104 of our people have registered their interest to attend Te Kākano and 43 for Whare Kōrero.

Te Kākano gave us the foundation we needed to understand what was happening during our marae stay. The knowledge we gained at Whare Kōrero helped us better understand te ao Māori so we can apply that in our work. The feeling we got as we were farewelled from the marae is something I’ll never forget.

Amy Rice, Policy Advisor in Housing Needs and Response

Published: December 9, 2021

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