Tatou Tatou e: Co-leading a Bicultural Workshop

Carol is an education lecturer in Nelson, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She uses action methods in her work training high school teachers. She is an advanced trainee and is studying towards a Masters in Environmental Education.

Roberta is a child therapist/whanau (family) counsellor based in Nelson. Her tribal affiliations are Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Koata and Ngati Rangiwewehi and she is actively involved in Iwi development. Roberta has been a tertiary student counsellor and tutored on the Certificate and Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a mother of 4, a grandmother of 9, and has miraculously survived 33 years of marriage.

N_u te rourou n_ku te rourou ka ora te tangata

With your knowledge and experience and my knowledge and experience this ensures the well being of all. As part of our commitment to work across the Maori and Pakeha cultures in New Zealand, we had agreed to run a psychodrama workshop: Tatou Tatou e. This means “recognising diversity, coming together in unity”. We wanted to look at how we can value our own and each other’s worldview so that we make progress in creating a better future together. Naturally this raised a host of issues about warm up, the nature of leadership, living in the moment and trusting the method. every moment? And anyway, what defines the moment?

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