As we enter this dark time of year Matariki provides an uplifting framework to reflect, celebrate, and plan for the future.
It feels fitting that TET has been reflecting and planning with regards to our relationship to Te Tiriti and how we build stronger collaborations with iwi. Last year we included the statement “We are Treaty/Tiriti allies for te taiao” in our set of guiding values. Over the last month the TET team – staff, board members, and project managers – have been delving into this concept to examine what it means for each of us as individuals, and for TET as an organisation. We’ve been supported by a fantastic group of facilitators to help us on this journey. What are we going to put in our kete to be good allies for te taiao?
And when it comes to on-the-ground action, this is always an exciting time of year when hundreds of people are out planting many thousands of plants. Community planting days are a fantastic way to celebrate our special places and people. It’s a chance to be active and visit new places, meet your neighbours, and there’s usually a great morning tea to top things off. Seeing all the newly planted areas popping up around the region, and young forest emerging is such a beautiful thing to be part of!