Dr Hinemoa Elder Professorial Fellow at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi and Māori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence for the Ageing Brain, on why she is attending the Diverse Thinking Governance Summit on 19 November 2018 at Spark City, Auckland
“I am attending the Diversity Thinking Governance Summitt 2018 because I want to listen to and connect with the latest discourse in this vital area. I am particularly interested in engaging with both the complexities and solutions in the inherent tensions between the bicultural approach and that of the diversity lens in governance.
While I am wanting to immerse myself in different conceptual perspectives I am fundamentally concerned with practical application of these ideas in the real world as a director and trustee. Māori communities continue to carry the burden of social and economic hardship, and in particular the weight of intergenerational losses and trauma as evidenced by our over representation in justice settings and suicide. The ethical imperatives for those of us in governance roles in our own society, characterised by these very real problems by a specific community, in the wider context of diversity, are issues I hope the meeting will illuminate”