Update 6 April 2020

Tēna koutou katoa

I hope everyone managed to have a restful weekend, particularly those of you who are essential workers and are likely to be working long hours.

As I have already written about, every morning our management team from the Mana office meets over Zoom at 9am.  As a part of our commitment to being a bi-cultural organisation,  our new Māori Development Manager, Thomas Tawhiri, has been taking us through “Whakataka te hau”,  a lovely karakia with special links to Ngati Toa, the local iwi at Porirua, where our national offices are based.

 Thomas has also challenged the team to each come up with a whakataukī  that means something to us as individuals and which is pertinent to the current situation.  I was the first to begin and I chose the following:

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari kē he toa takitini

Which means – My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, it was not individual success but the success of a collective.

To me the whakataukī acknowledges team effort, that one’s success is due to the support and contribution of many. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes community/a team to enable an individual’s success. It’s a good whakatauki to use when wanting to acknowledge the support of many. Over the next two weeks I will continue to share our whakatuakī, which often express ideas and wisdom that can be inspiring for all of us, especially during these highly unusual times. 

For something a little more prosaic, and a reminder that life – and taxes! – go on, it’s tax time for contractors, so please click the following link to get useful advice from our CFO, Marina.

Tax time for contractors

I also want to remind you about the Virtual Village, which has been up and running since last week.  We’ve had great feedback so far, and are keen to share our resources and activities with not just our Playcentre whānau, but with families everywhere in Aotearoa.

So pass on the message and remember we are very keen to hear from you through the Virtual Village’s Playcentre at Home Blog.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley