Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
Kereama Carmody - Master Plumbers / Masterlink Wellbeing Coach shares his update:
I love seeing Master Plumbers and Masterlink becoming more diverse through their approach to bi-culturalism. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is a good way to celabrate being Kiwi. We sure have come a long way in New Zealand, being far more accepting of bi-culturism and diversity in our communities.
You might wonder how Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is linked to wellbeing in your workplace. Well, it comes down to how included people from all cultures and backgrounds feel working in your business. When people feel respected and valued for who they are – no matter what their race, gender, ethnicity – they feel safe and accepted. When this happens, they are more likely to give more effort and enthusiasm to their work.
When I was growing up in smalltown New Zealand, there was very little diversity in our community. It was only when I went travelling through Europe in my early 20s that I was able to be more understanding and accepting of people different from me, my mates and my family.
I had a great start to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. I got to hang out with the team from New Zealand Young Farmers, who are focusing on becoming better at their pepeha (way of introducing oneself) and understanding the importance of acknowledging a person’s family tree and connections. They see this as critical to leading their Young Farmers clubs and members on the journey to be more inclusive and accepting.
I’m looking forward to working with Master Plumbers and Masterlink staff in the near future with their pepeha and diversity.