Hi guys, I was at the meeting last week on leadership and somehow our group (Dianna, Mike, Sally, Jen and I) got missed when we were all sharing at the end.

I thought it was important so I'm sharing here.

Tangata Whenua. We need to be looking to the people of the land for leadership. Let's face it, they survived here around a thousand years before these new guys, the pakeha, Europeans etc, arrived. AND without the luxury of oil that we are rolling around in today.
How did they do it? We need to know.

As Mark mentioned the coast road disappearing - they knew the ridgelines and tracks.

What did they eat before trucks brought 'foods' into the supermarket? Even before all the food plant varieties were brought in from the new people (pakeha)? What was their awareness of ecosystems? The importance of swamplands, clean waters and forest? How did they survive without animal agriculture?

What was the community structure like and what can we learn from this?

Can we speculate how much about the Maori way was lost, smothered and censored? How much are we going to have fill in the gaps in the history?

What did they do right? Where did they go wrong? We all need to know this. They will have the insights.

Ok, I haven't mentioned everything we discussed and added so much more from my own thoughts this morning.

But let's talk about this.

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