Open Collective
Open Collective
Tauiwi Tautoko course Oct/Nov - tauiwi pākehā edition (online)
Published on August 15, 2022 by Ann Cloet

Movements are emerging more powerful than ever to further tino rangatiratanga, decolonisation, constitutional transformation, and Te Tiriti justice. At the same time, backlash is ramping up, and our online discourse presents ever more disinformation, abuse, and overwhelm. We believe that challenging this backlash and anti-Māori racism is part of the ecosystem of change to create a Te Tiriti-based future, and all Tangata Tiriti (people of the treaty) have a responsibility and role to play.

Tauiwi Tautoko trains tauiwi (non-Māori) to tautoko (support) by challenging anti-Māori racism from within our own communities. Volunteers learn a set of strategies in the anti-racist toolkit proven to work when we want to ‘call in’ racist comments and gently challenge and change racist views. 

"My understanding of racial issues has grown. My ability to work with the new way of communicating means I can do just that - communicate." previous TT participant

After hearing from those who've taken the course over the years, we're now offering two versions of the course, one for tauiwi pākehā and one for tauiwi of the global majority (BIPOC). Because while we are all connected in this work and form a broader community of Tangata Tiriti, our different experiences of racism mean differences for the learning and practice, and running two streams allows for conversations that couldn’t happen otherwise. 

In Oct/Nov, we are running the tauiwi pākehā edition. If you are tauiwi of the global majority and are interested in this training, the course by and for tauiwi of colour will start in 2023 (email us if you’d like to be contacted when details for this course are confirmed). 

October’s course will be shorter than previous trainings (7 weeks), and fully online. We focus on online racism for the course, as it’s a place tautoko is needed - and the difference of this group’s work is tangible - but it’s also a training ground for building skills and confidence for anti-racist conversations in our own offline spheres of influence.

The course opens with a half day hui on Sat 15 October and ends with a half day debrief hui on Sat 26 November. Between those dates, 6 weekly webinars are provided for ongoing learning and community support. These will be held online every Thursday evening starting on 20 October  from 7 to 8.30pm. 
So as to support the learning and community over this seven weeks, please apply only if you are  sure you are able to attend the opening hui and at least 5 of the 6 Thursday webinars.

Participants will have to be willing and able to contribute approximately 4 hours work per week to this course. This includes reviewing weekly resources, attending the weekly training webinars, and actively practising this approach online (About 28 hours over 7 weeks, plus 2 half day zui). You will also have to be comfortable with spending time online, specifically on Facebook for training purposes. A computer or tablet are advised to make the most of the resources and participation.

The programme has limited capacity and is offered for free. If you are able to make a donation towards the course, this will help us pay for the facilitation team, a ‘reflector’ role who gives weekly feedback on your online work, curriculum design, and much more.  

"I feel a lot more confident going into any sort of tricky conversation. I feel more trusting in myself and how I will navigate relationships." previous TT participant

We would love to have you join us, and be part of an ever-growing community who are working together to address the backlash to tino rangatiratanga and decolonisation!

Next steps: If you would like to be part of the course, please take this short survey so we can learn a little about you before the course. You will receive an invite to join the course on completion of the survey.

And if you'd like to learn more before signing up or are interested in a future training, check out our website here or get in touch with us.

"I loved all of it! The learning was presented in a kind and generous way. Loved the groups in the zoom call. Loved the excitement of shared knowledge and learning. Very positive attitudes towards hard work." previous TT participant