Kaupapa form a strategic weave through all elements of asset management.
Twelve years ago, I made the move and immigrated to New Zealand from England. Since then I have had the privilege of having some involvement with Māori people and culture, however these moments highlighted just how little I knew about the rich history of Aotearoa New Zealand and its people.
While co-facilitating a National Asset Management Conference back in 2014, my lack of knowledge became particularly clear to me. My task was to create a one page graphic of all the presentations over the two day event. Whereas most of the content was based around the kind of traditional asset management thought and practice I am familiar with, I was fascinated by one speaker who presented on “The Strategic Weave – a Māori world view of asset management requirements”. The speaker explained how kaupapa (values) are elements of the Māori world view on which the nation is founded – in effect, these are the bedrock of culture.
Kaupapa form a strategic weave through all elements of asset management. Tikanga (policies, practices and organisational arrangements) grow from within this strategic weave. I found this combination of traditional asset management thought and the more abstract Māori world view a very engaging way to “tell the asset management story” for all people of New Zealand.
I subsequently felt inspired to commit to a better understanding of Māori affairs, by undertaking further study at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, one of New Zealand's largest tertiary education providers. Just last week I was accepted for their one-year course in Mauri Ora, a National Certificate in Māori (Te Waharoa). This home-based learning course will provide a greater understanding of the indigenous Māori culture of Aotearoa and a further appreciation for the country’s rich heritage and history – all the knowledge I wish I had back in 2014.
For me, understanding Māori culture will open up an exciting world of opportunity and enable me to explore the alignment between established technical thought and the Māori world view. Imagine what it could do for you.