Tag Archives: Development

Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a visual history

Ako Aotearoa are hosting a face to face workshop in Chrsitchurch titled “Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a visual history”.

Event Details
11 March, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond, Christchurch
Costs: $195 +GST (includes booking fee)

This professional development workshop offers a brief visual history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for those who have not previously attended a Te Tiriti workshop. The workshop content covers several aspects of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand: the historical context before Te Tiriti; the Articles and signing of Te Tiriti itself; events after Te Tiriti; Te Tiriti today; and what Te Tiriti means for tertiary practitioners and educators.

More information can be found on the Ako Aotearoa website

2020 Professional Development course dates released

2020 course dates are now available on the new look Learning and Development intranet page !

Make sure you get in quick and book arrange your development as the courses can fill up fast. Health and Safety courses included.

Having your PD&R soon? You will see a printable calendar view of the Learning and Development courses for you to print and take with you.


If you would like to know more, or can’t find what you are looking for, please email our team.

Using Blended Learning to Develop the Optimal Self

The final Canterbury Branch event for the New Zealand Association of Training and Development (NZATD) is titled “Using Blended Learning to Develop the Optimal Self” and is being held at the Ilam Homestead on November 21 from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Please visit the NZATD website to find out more and/or to register. There is a small fee of $5.00 for UC staff to attend.

Workshop – Success for Māori in tertiary education

Ako Aotearoa have organised a Christchurch based workshop:
Kia eke ki te taumata – Success for Māori in Tertiary Education

This akomanga workshop is designed for all educators (Māori and non- Māori) who work with Māori learners.

Through reflection, discussion and practical activities, participants will make connections to their own teaching context and explore some of the key findings from studies that investigated:

  • enhancing success rates for Māori learners
  • teaching with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • understanding Māori learners
  • implementing Kaupapa Māori.

The workshop facilitator will tailor the akomanga to ensure that it meets the needs of participants.


You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

Avoidance and Blame – Whiria te Taura Tangata #19

A new initiative  “Weaving The Rope” – a “Blue CLUES” for all staff is coming soon so keep an eye out!

Blue CLUES:  Just over 100 leaders attended the event “Applying ADKAR to Culture Change”. Thank you to Annelies Kamp and Misty Sato (EHHD), Alex Hanlon (LR), Lynn McClelland and Jayne Austin (SSAC) and Wendy Lawson (Science) for their “speed dating” skills in sharing their culture stories. We’ll load materials to the website soon.

Avoidance and blame I had the privilege of hearing some excellent speakers last week. One of them shared a thought-provoking, amusing video which made me think about

“blame culture”.

What does that mean? Most definitions talked about situations where people are reluctant to speak out, take risks, or accept responsibility because they fear criticism, retribution or worse. This shows up in culture results in the passive/defensive cluster particularly as Avoidance – “people are expected to shift responsibilities to others and avoid being blamed for mistakes”. This style impacts all the constructive styles but particularly Achievement and Self-actualised, and it kills innovation.

As Human Synergistics say in their Whitepaper – Organisational Culture: Beyond Employee Engagement (page 24)

“…it’s not about ignoring mistakes, it’s about how the circumstance of the mistake is dealt with. Is the focus on blame or improvement? Are people given help to improve their performance?”

  • What does Avoidance look like on your circumplex?
  • Is it impacting your colleagues and your ability to achieve? Work well together? Innovate?
  • What conversations could you lead or behaviours could you model to reduce Avoidance and blame?
  • Have you seen the overall results? How does yours compare?

I will leave those thoughts with you as well as Dr Brené Brown’s video (3.25mins) to make you laugh (or at least give a wry smile if you recognise a little of yourself in her words).

Ngā manaakitanga with best wishes,

Karen Mather
Organisational Development