Dr Kathie Irwin, Mema o te Poari
My passion inspires me to contribute to nation building in innovative and creative ways that are framed by our Ngati Porou tipuna Sir Apirana Ngata's whakatauaki (proverb) "E tipu, e rea". This proverb speaks to the possibilities of bicultural and bilingual models of change that create authentic social inclusion. New Zealand has shown that bicultural modelling can provide sustainable pathways to cultural pluralism.
I have over twenty years of experience working in senior manager and governance roles across the public sector, NGO, Iwi, tertiary education and research sectors. Across those roles I have championed diversity and inclusion, led Māori Strategies and drawn from the latest research on cultural intelligence / cultural literacy to create new futures with people and organisations