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Team Training

Heather Came & Associates currently offers several one-day co-facilitated workshops:


Introduction to Tiriti based practice


Critical Tiriti Analysis: Strengthening Tiriti alignment


Embracing Tiriti-based antiracism

Planning to disrupt institutional racism

Bespoke trainings around racial justice can also be designed on request. The teaching team will vary depending on the availability and expertise of the trainers (see Associates).


Introduction to Tiriti-based practice

Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Māori text) is the founding document of the colonial state of New Zealand. It reaffirmed tino rangatiratanga previously outlined in He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga Nū Tīreni and established the terms and conditions of British settlement.


​This co-facilitated workshop covers the lead up to He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti, engages with Te Tiriti breaches and the importance of equity. Learners experience whanaungatanga, time-travel, a pop quiz and do a deep dive into questions (and answers) about Tiriti justice. They will leave with a living Te Tiriti responsiveness plan aligned to the elements of the Māori text to guide their next steps in their Te Tiriti journey.  Poetry, song and whakataukī will be weaved through the workshop. The session will conclude with a panel to address any outstanding questions.

The overall objective of this workshop is to provide a foundational introduction to Tiriti-based practice. Alumni of this course will be able to:


·       Define the differences between Te Tiriti, the Treaty and the treaty principles.

·       Explain key concepts of Tiriti based practice / leadership.

·       Develop a living Te Tiriti responsiveness plan.


Suitable for those new to engaging with Te Tiriti this session includes pre-reading and a useful contemporary reading list to extend learning.

Critical Tiriti Analysis (CTA) is a methodology co-created by Heather Came, Dominic O’Sullivan and Tim McCreanor to retrospectively determine whether a policy/project/strategy is Te Tiriti compliant. It evolved out of our experience preparing evidence for the WAI 2575 claims and centres the Māori text of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. A CTA is designed to be a mana-maintaining process which focuses on what is included in the final document rather than the intentions of authors and/or publishers. There are both retrospective and prospective papers about how to work with CTA published in Ethnicities.

This workshop is designed to introduce and strengthen CTA into a working repertoire of Te Tiriti based practice, particularly focussing on policy analysis and development and design. Revision on Te Tiriti and its application is embedded in CTA workshops to build a shared understanding of the Māori text. The whakapapa of CTA is shared with learners and current scholarship in the area. This practical workshop strengthens critical thinking and models collaboration as learners “learn by doing” a retrospective CTAs on an existing policy. The workshop concludes by doing a deep dive in how to apply CTA prospectively on forthcoming work.

CTA has been well received as a decolonising method by practitioners, scholars, policy makers and decision-makers. CTA is being tailored by practitioners and scholars to work in their fields and contexts. Anecdotally we know people are adapting the CTA to work in their particular contexts to assess proposals, for policy writing, accreditation/competency frameworks, curriculum review/development, commissioning, and embedding CTA in internal business documents. It also continues to be used to monitor the Crown.

Alumni of this workshop are invited to join a nationwide practitioner-led community of practice with opportunities for ongoing CTA mentoring/support.


Alumni of this workshop will be able to:

  • Critique existing policy/strategy documents to determine Tiriti compliance.

  • Devise how to strengthen Tiriti alignment in their own practice.

  • Collaborate with colleagues to do a retrospective or prospective CTA.

  • Introduce and revisit foundational Te Tiriti histories and social and political dynamics.

Critical Tiriti Analysis:

Strengthening Tiriti alignment

Embracing Tiriti-based antiracism

In the context of Aotearoa antiracism mahi needs to centre Te Tiriti, recognising the impact of settler colonisation, and honouring the lived experiences of racialised communities. At a national hui of antiracism and decolonisation practitioners (Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti - Tauiwi of Colour and Tangata Tiriti - Pākehā) we defined antiracism as:


Antiracism is the art and science of naming, reducing, disrupting, preventing, dismantling and eliminating racism. It takes a multiplicity of forms but centres around solidarity with those targeted by racism, an analysis of power and a commitment to reflective, transformative practice. In the context of Aotearoa, it involves engagement with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

This co-facilitated workshop assumes a basic understanding of Te Tiriti but pragmatically includes some revision. This workshop introduces a typography of antiracist professional practice that supports learners to reflect on their current practice. There is a strong emphasis on the relational aspects of anti-racism practice and being clear about allyship, mana-maintaining practice and the distinct roles of the descendants of the colonisers and the colonised. Learners will work with real vignettes of racism and identify how the racism is operating in the story and how it could have been disrupted. The session will conclude with a too hard basket answer panel to address any outstanding questions .


The objective of the session is to deepen understanding and familiarity with the dynamics of racism and privilege. Alumni of this workshop will be able to:

·       Articulate how racism and privilege are operating within a given context.

·       Collaborate with colleagues to formulate strategies for advancing racial justice.

·       Devise how to embed antiracism in their own practice.

Institutional racism is a “wicked” problem that is widespread across the public service. Its presence is a breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


Building on Embracing Tiriti-based Anti-racism this workshop nurtures critical reflective practice but also focusses on collective action. It uses structural analysis to unpack the drives of racism. It exposes how racism operates as a system of power to disadvantage one group and advantage another while emphasising the intersectoral impacts of racism.


This workshop deliberately nurtures critical thinking and collaboration as learners “learn by doing” mapping racism within a particular setting. Antiracism strategies are identified to address these identified sites of racism. The workshop concludes by strategizing how to build appropriate infrastructure to sustain antiracism momentum. Poetry, song and whakataukī are weaved through this embodied learning experience.


Alumni from this workshop will be able to:

·       Collaboratively design a tailored antiracism strategy.

·       Critical appraise discourses that enables cultural and institutional racism.

·       Actively reflect on their own agency and strategic contributions to antiracism.

Planning to disrupt institutional racism 

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