Facilitator showcase: Kathie Irwin delivering Creating Te Tiriti / Treaty Literacy (TQ)

29 September, 2022


Ko Hikurangi me Moumoukai ngā maunga, Ko Waiapu me Nuhaka ngā awa, Ko Putaanga me Tāne-Nui-A-Rangi ngā marae, Nō ngā mōtu ō Orkney, Kōtirana me Airani hoki ōku whakapapa. Ko Kathie Irwin ahau.  

I am a third generation Māori educationist, a devoted mother and besotted nannie. Public service and social justice are deeply embedded in my bloodlines. My passion inspires me to contribute to nation building, in innovative and creative ways, which are framed by Sir Apirana Ngata's whakatauāki (proverb) "E tipu, e rea". This proverb speaks to the possibilities of Treaty based models of change that create authentic transformation.  

As a Māori, feminist, academic I specialized in Māori education, research, and development, for nearly thirty years. I have worked as an academic at Massey and Victoria Universities, Christchurch College of Education, the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. 

My second career has been in senior management and governance, across the NGO, Iwi, and public sectors. I have worked at Te Puni Kokiri, the Families Commission, the Human Rights Commission, Barnardo NZ, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Office of the Children’s Commission and Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission. I have served in governance roles as Ministerial Nominations from the 1980’s, until recently, when I served as Minister of Education nomination on Te Mana Whakahaere (Council) of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (2013 – 2017). 

I am the Founder and CEO of Kathie Irwin & Associates. 

Kathie is delivering Creating Te Tiriti / Treaty Literacy (TQ) with spaces still available on the upcoming workshop on 1 November 2022. We can also tailor TQ to be delivered inhouse for your team.

About the Course: Creating Te Tiriti / Treaty Literacy (TQ)

This course is your Roadmap, Blueprint and Compass to grow TQ across organisations and key business functions to be a better Treaty partner. This is RIGHT FOR any individual or organisation who wants to deepen their understanding on how to apply Te Tiriti in the workplace. A ‘must do’ for all Senior Management and Team professional development.

Limited to 20 participants this highly interactive workshop takes an 'E tipu, e rea' dual worldview approach through the learning and teaching styles it draws from during the day. We'll use case studies of best practice from organisations already implementing Te Tiriti to help you to explore the why, what, how, who, and the where of TQ.

This workshop is designed to help people work through the personal and organisational implications of the changes – to grow TQ – to become more Te Tiriti literate.

Throughout the workshop you'll pour your learning into producing a draft Te Tiriti plan for you and your organisation.

You'll learn to

  • Develop TQ, Tiriti / Treaty literacy and intelligence
  • Explore the role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Aotearoatanga, nation building
  • Examine best practice in organisations which are already on their Treaty based Organisational development journey
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of cultural literacy in modern workplaces
  • Synthesize principles of how to develop Gold Standard Treaty Partners
  • Analyse the significance of lifestyles (access to language and culture) and life chances (access to power and opportunity) in TQ