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The value of Cultural Intelligence

There is a natural tendency to emphasise Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) as being the key indicators of successful leaders and collectively, successful organisations. These are traditionally used in staff recruitment and employment processes. IQ is a good indicator of how a person processes data and EQ provides some scope for assessing a person’s ability to deal with people. Julia, however, believes that used alone they are insufficient indicators of success in a globalised setting.

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Hokia ki tō Mauka

Iaean says, “When I came back from Outward Bound, Craig and I had a bit of a brainstorm and decided Outward Bound was awesome, but it didn’t have that kaupapa Māori element, tikanga Māori, whakataukī, kīwaha, the stories of the place that give a sense of belonging.”

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From the CEO

Along with global warming or climate change, it goes without saying that communities are becoming more culturally diverse. The world is a small place and people are more mobile than ever before. Some are forced to move due to political and survival needs, while others are free and equipped to make choices at their own will. Over the next 20 years we will see a growth in European, Māori, Asian, and Pacifica ethnicities. As political and iwi leaders, we should ensure our decision-making reflects this.

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From the CEO

As Christmas approaches I am reflecting on being CEO for the past three years. I can truly say that time has not stood still. The recent Hui-ā-Iwi held in Dunedin is a testament to the many activities that Ngāi Tahu whānau are so enthusiastically engaged in. Otepoti was buzzing and alive with whanaungatanga at the heart of our gathering. Whānau from all directions rekindled their connections.

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From the CEO

Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Arihia Bennett The year began with a festival of Māori performing arts as Christchurch hosted Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa. Leading up to the event I watched exponents weave the traditional stories of whakapapa and kōrero into an eloquent demonstration of kapa haka during practice sessions. Our…

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From the CEO

It is just over two years since I became chief executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and as I begin to prepare for Christmas, I am already thinking about 2015 and beyond.

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Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu road shows 2014

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are back on the road again, to meet and engage with whānau. This is an opportunity to discuss, share and receive feedback on the direction of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. We also want to hear the aspirations and goals of whānau. The Ngāi Tahu Road Show team will include…

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From the CEO

Chief executive officer Arihia Bennett
Several weeks ago we welcomed the arrival of Frida Grace into our extended whānau. The build-up to Frida’s arrival has been a world journey for my niece, who deliberately chose to return to New Zealand so that her child would be born into an environment of whānau support.

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From the CEO

Chief Executive Officer, Arihia Bennet.
At Hui-ā-Iwi in November last year, kaumātua were treated to a delightful High Tea event hosted by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Among the waiters was the kaiwhakahaere who donned an apron and displayed skills in tea pouring that could have landed him a job at The Ritz.

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From the CEO

This whirlwind tour of iwi, kāinga, whānau and individual-led tribal activities showed me that we are far from being a passive bunch. It emphasised that we are a vibrant, passionate and determined lot who want the best for our whānau in every which way you could imagine – phew!

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