The TupuToa Wananga provided a platform for interns to reflect on their internship journey to date. The Wananga programme weaved together threads of corporate profession, culture and expectations. The focus was on enabling interns to navigate the wider world while embracing cultural fundamentals and tapping into diversity of thought. The Wananga also served to collate feedback from interns about the workshops, events, wananga, activities and their internship with corporates.
Otene Reweti representative of Ngati Whatua supported by Rangimarie and her whanau welcomed interns and staff on to the Marae with a powhiri. Andrew Melville kicked off the first lesson with the introduction of the weave concept and how different lessons in life form their story. Interns were inspired by Ophir Cassidy to grab every opportunity with two hands and that positive affirmation can changes one’s world.The panel of guest speakers provided insight into the variety of different roles, expectations and assumptions of the corporate world and how to be successful.
Day two concluded with a final reflection session led by Andrew Melville and Anne Fitisemanu. Interns shared about whanau, aroha, their internship, challenges and aspirations for the future. Once the session was complete interns spent time with Joby Hopa refining the waiata, adding actions and formations for the big reveal at the Gala dinner.