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Michael Elkington and others discussed the possibility of conveneing a series of Open Space events around the ToW? day next year.

Kia Ora (Anee)Everyone, we "opened space" to generate some free-flow korero(talking)amounst those present, about how we can best bring our community together and Celebrate our national day. Without throwing mud (literally). Current political climate is NOT favourable to things Maori (when has it ever been otherwise), but through this open space process we will plan to achieve the following:

1) Call together the planning group.

   Those present forwarded names of people with a passion who would be invited to have input/help facilitate/have networks who are interested in this Kaupapa (cause).
Convening on the 15th April 2004 at Whakatu Marae.

2) Planning group to focus on 3 OST

   OST #1 - A call to the entire community, local councils, Crown Agents, general public 
           (especially), to come and open space with us, flesh out what are the issues,
           for us all, as a community.
   OST #2 - A call to the entire community for a 2nd open space to decide how best we can
            celebrate Waitangi Day as a community.
   OST #3 - The Actual celebrations of Waitangi Day as a contributing community. (maybe 
            this isnt open space...maybe it is?).

there was a strong feeling of commitment during our first open space on this topic as these are issues currently faceing our people from our kids, to our old people. We NEED these oppertunities to engage our Treaty partners and provide (offer) some understanding.

Na Te Atua e Manaaki MikeE?

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