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Kia Piki Ake Te Mana Tangata: Kōrero with Matua Fred

Manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, kotahitanga, rangatiratanga, māhakitanga – these are important concepts with multiple interpretations.

Video 1: Manaakitanga

This series of five 2-minute videos offers an introduction to such principles and their power in practice, from the point of view of someone who has expertise both in te reo me ōna tikanga and in dealing with the welfare system on behalf of tamariki and their whānau and families.

Video 2: Whanaungatanga

Fred Andrews (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Rangimahora) kindly shares his wealth of knowledge and wisdom for this kōrero. Matua Fred sits on the paepae as whaikōrero (speaker) at both his mother’s and his father’s marae. He is also a welfare advocate with Auckland Action Against Poverty and has lived experience of receiving a benefit himself.

Video 3: Ōhanga & Rangatiratanga

The Welfare Expert Advisory Group recommends six kaupapa Māori values as touchstones and guides for the process of welfare reform in Aotearoa New Zealand, and as legal foundations embedded in the welfare system itself. The group recognised their approach – Kia Piki Ake Te Mana Tangata – “is valuable only to the extent that it materially improves outcomes for Māori in a practical and tangible way.” Matua Fred discusses four of the WEAG's recommendations, and on request, adds his own recommendation in the videos.

Video 4: Kotahitanga

The aim of these videos is to offer a small glimpse of how these concepts are lived and practiced in te ao Māori; and to generate discussion about what a new welfare system founded on such concepts might look like. The commentary is entirely Fred’s – and he has some advice as to how to improve on the WEAG’s recommendations!

Video 5: Māhakitanga (Matua Fred's recommendation)

Kia Piki Ake Te Mana Tangata - welfare reform based on Māori-led principles, as recommended by WEAG - is one of CPAG's 2020 election priorities.