Marama Takao, Māori Development Advisor at J. R. McKenzie Trust, shares why IFIP members should attend its first convening in New Zealand in May. The J. R. McKenzie Trust is the host of the Pacific Regional Hui and is a mindful funder that has committed to strengthening indigenous philanthropy in New Zealand.
Author Kate Frykberg pondered what philanthropy would look like if it was based on reciprocity and gift exchange. She noted that Dame Anne Salmond and Dr Mānuka Henare described how “traditional Pacific cultures depend on sharing and reciprocity for survival. Gift giving is therefore very important, with each gift containing a small part of the giver’s life force. This ‘spirit of the gift’ carries with it an obligation to reciprocate. How different this is from our western style of philanthropy, where giving is often an arms-length and contestable process where the giver and receiver never even meet.”
In 2012, the J. R. McKenzie Trust launched the ‘Philanthropic Funding to Māori’ Report. From the 1,285 funders who were surveyed, 108 (8%) valid submissions were received. Of the 108 submissions received, 17.6% (or 8.4% of the total philanthropic funders) stated they had a policy or a strategy for giving to Māori. Survey responses also indicated limited engagement between the philanthropic sector and Māori organisations.
Two years later, Philanthropy New Zealand commissioned a report ‘Giving New Zealand: Philanthropic Funding 2014’, which indicated the number of funders supporting Māori organizations had reduced even further.
J.R. McKenzie’s Response
The J. R. McKenzie Trust, through their sub-committee, Te Kāwai Toro, focuses on supporting the philanthropic sector to increase their giving to Māori, the Indigenous Peoples of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Together with IFIP, Te Wānanga o Raukawa, and Philanthropy New Zealand, we will be hosting the Pacific Regional Hui (Conference) between May 8-9, 2017.
The theme of the Hui is ‘Remembering Our Past, Reclaiming Our Future: Resilience, Climate Change and Indigenous Practices for Sustainability.’
4 Reasons to Join the Hui in New Zealand:
First IFIP Gathering in New Zealand: This marks the very first IFIP gatheirng in New Zealand. This is a unique opportunity to dialogue with funders from the Pacific and beyond and indigenous leaders doing transformative work in the region.
Immerse in Māori University: The Hui is held at the very first Māori University, Te Wānanga o Raukawa, just over an hour’s drive from Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. In 1975, Ngāti Raukawa initiated a 25-year tribal development plan called ‘Whakatupuranga rua mano – Generation 2000’, which saw the revitalization of marae, the Māori language, and the establishment of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, the tribe’s center of higher learning in Ōtaki. Witness the overwhelming positive outcomes of this strategy 42 years later.
Learn from Indigenous Voices Across the Pacific: The Hui offers a tremendous opportunity to hear the wisdom, voices and perspectives of indigenous leaders from New Zealand and beyond. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Jessica Hutchings, who has done pioneering research on Māori food systems and environmental stewardship.
Develop Lasting Relationships: Connect with funders and indigenous human rights defenders in the Pacific and deepen your understanding of emerging issues and themes in the region and find alignment on how your organizational programs could support indigenous movements in the Pacific.
This gathering is an opportunity to network with people, who are keen to explore the nature of Indigenous giving and receiving; to join others who have been on this journey for a while and those who want to deepen the exploration. The conference welcomes philanthropic organizations and Indigenous and Pacific peoples to New Zealand in May.
This is an opportunity to be immersed in a Māori community that has opened its doors to welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and learn about the unique transformation over the past 40 years, while enjoying the warmth and hospitality of the community.
The Māori: A brief history and current facts
1840: The Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the Māori Chiefs and the Crown. There were 80,000 Māori and 2,000 Non-Māori residing in Aotearoa/New Zealand
1869: British settlers numbered 700,000, and the Māori had reduced to half, due to disease and war
2017: Māori population is 600,000, and non-Māori has grown to 3.6 million
Life expectancy: European males: 79 years, Māori males: 73 years
European Females: 83 years, Māori females: 77 years
Māori make up 15% of the population, 27% of the unemployed, 51% of the prison population, 61% of all children taken into care