Whaikaha at Waitangi 2024 – Meeting Turi Māori at Waitangi

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Te Rā o Waitangi 2024 – Meeting Turi Māori at Waitangi

E ngā rau rangatira mā, tēnā koutou katoa, 

Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People is excited and honoured to be participating in the Deaf Action tent at Waitangi on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 February, and to meet with Turi Māori, tāngata whaikaha Māori and whānau and to kōrero about what matters to you.  

We are keen to kōrero about a number of things, including what we can do to help remove the barriers you experience, the Enabling Good Lives model, and a refresh of Whāia te Ao Mārama 2023 – 2027 (Māori Disability Action Plan), which we will begin co-designing with the disabled community soon.

If you are heading along to Waitangi, nau mai, haere mai, kōrero mai! Come and have a kōrero.

Who will be at the Treaty Grounds

Photo of Marama Porore

Marama Parore – Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāpuhi. 

Marama is interim Kaihautū (Chief Advisor Māori) at Whaikaha and is helping the organisation to develop its tikanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi Framework, and its cultural capability to ensure the voices of tāngata whaikaha Māori are amplified.

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Kellye Bensley – Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa.

Kellye has worked in the NZSL sector for a number of years in both government and non-government roles.

Kellye is a Senior Advisor at Whaikaha supporting the development of the Whāia te Ao Mārama – Māori Disability Action Plan, focusing on Turi Māori. 

Photo of Eric Matthews

Eric Matthews – Te Roopū Kaitiaki Board Member, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa.

Eric’s first language is New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and he was born deaf. His grandparents are from Panguru, in the Northern Hokianga region.  

As a Residential Youth Worker at Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education, he is passionate about working with Māori deaf students. He is actively involved in the Māori deaf community.  His vision is to see more deaf Māori leaders and respect the tikanga deaf way in marae.

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