Our COO, Awerangi Tamihere, has recently taken the global stage as the only indigenous voice at this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) that was held in Amsterdam.

Awerangi spoke proudly on Whānau Ora, diving deeper into what underpins an indigenous movement with whānau at the centre.

"What makes a movement enduring starts by shifting the conversation. From being defined by what's wrong to being defined by what's right, not by challenges but by aspiration. Only then will the call to action see a momentum for a movement that creates sustainable change, change that is enduring.”

Special mention was also made to our Tāmaki collective, Te Pae Herenga, for hosting the inaugural first-ever Indigenous Social Enterprise Conference - Paerangi.

"Paerangi is a hallmark for this global conference on the momentum indigenous peoples are now leading on in the social enterprise space".

SEWF MC Marieke Eyskoot, spoke about her day one highlight that showcased Awerangi's kōrero.

"Land of the Long White Cloud, Aotearoa New Zealand, Awerangi Tamihere speaking on behalf of Whānau Ora ... have pride in your whakapapa, your ancestry, noone can take that away from you, where you have been, where you are going."

Whānau Ora acknowledges the Social Enterprise World Forum for recognising the work of Whānau Ora and inviting us to speak at this global event.