Written for Pink Shirt Day (26 May) this message from student leader Tessa will help us all throughout 2017 and beyond.
“He mauri tō te tangata, he whakapapa tōna, he mana motuhake.”
Everyone has mana, everyone has a whakapapa (a genealogy), everyone has an identity that makes them no more or no less important than the next.
Moreover, everyone has a level of self respect from which their ability to respect others flows. As a leader and in particular as a member of the 2017 ELDP executive, I have both an inherent responsibility and an opportunity to promote such a level of self respect in the interest of all tāngata. We model respectful behaviour by passing our own level of self worth, of self respect, onto others, treating them as we desire and deserve to be treated. By acknowledging the individuality of our own mana, of our own whakapapa and of our own identity, we are able to form a level of respect which takes into account and further, appreciates the diversity of others. We should always strive to positively value the self worth of tāngata, as to demonstrate that someone has self worth is to treat them with respect.
He mauri tōu, he whakapapa tōu, he mana motuhake; you have mana, you have a whakapapa, you have an identity that makes you no more or no less important than the next.
Tessa Barrett-Walker – student leader: UC Emerging Leaders Development Programme