“Leaders as Healers repurposes existing euro-centric knowledge and demands a re-alignment. It questions purpose and meaning in a life lived according to a linear clock, one that is dictated by needs that are increasingly becoming irrelevant in the face of a world keening at the unfolding tragedy across the land.”
“Ultimately, the pre-planned session was forgotten….We wrapped our arms around each other as the rest of the cohort wrapped around us in a circle and sang to our pain. Tears ran down my eyes. I was not the only one.” A solemn reflection from Victor Rodger on Retreat Two of The NZ Leadership Programme which took place during the Christchurch shootings.
“As champions of daring leadership, this year we will look across our spheres of influence and operating systems to see them with new eyes and think about what a leap in leadership would look like. What we must do as a powerful ecosystem of leaders to help heal our nation #leadersarehealers, to build true relationships of understanding, tolerance and love.”
“New paths are being built, new eyes are being opened and new connections are anchoring me in a way I had never considered prior to taking the leap into this vaka with these amazing contemporaries and all of our ancestors,” reflects RAYMOND SAGAPOLUTELE on the first retreat of The Mana Moana Experience.
"This is such a deepening of spirit. We have shared tears, laughter and hugs. We have been digging for that deep essence of our leadership being." The first retreat of The Mana Moana Experience ignited a special fire inside for DR. CHERIE CHU.
There was so much to enjoy and to learn about Retreat Five. Coming together again with my new family. Learning and sharing new stories. But for me, it was these experiences, these moments that have endured.
When we first got together as a group in February, I was struck by what an impressive, confident and high-achieving group of people it is. What I didn’t fully appreciate then, but do now, is the extent to which the 2018 cohort reflects the diverse society we live in.
We have now reached the point in our Leadership NZ journey, that when the group meet, it’s like connecting with old friends. The 2018 cohort met enthusiastically at the idyllic Caccia Birch House in Palmerston North in anticipation of what lay ahead. Although a little chilly, the sun was to shine on us physically and mentally throughout the next two days.
We arrive into a shared space. Sit in front of invisible pou, bright morning sunlight memorializing silhouetted edges of a fale. Lounge furniture is backed up against the walls of a rectangle living room. Ula-draped photos of family, sports teams, choirs, da Vinci’s The Last Supper, white net curtains blowing across open windows. Every place we have ever sat in this way, is also here. Va tagata.
Thursday 24th May dawned. The start of Session Four - crisp, but not too cold. Entered the NZTE Majestic Centre Building, pushed level 15 in the lift. Doors opened and we were greeted with a magnificent view of the Wellington vista and then the warmth of the 2018 NZ Leadership Programme cohort.
“In a sense, we have continuously negotiated who we are with Pakeha and other cultures in order to fit in, to be accepted, to feel a sense of belonging and worth.” Christina from Salvation Army shares her reflection on our Mana Moana Experience.