Koha Policy and Practice Guidelines

Karen Coutts

Karen Coutts

by Karen Coutts

TINZ delegated authority for Tiriti—O—Waitangi

E ngā iwi, e ngā reo, e ngā karangaranga maha o tātou, tēnei te mihi atu ki a koutou katoa.

E tika ana hei poropororaki i a rātou mā. Me pēnei ake te kōrero, tukuna rātou kia okioki i runga te moenga roa.

āpiti hono, tātai hono, rātou ngā mate katoa ki a rātou,

āpiti hono tātou hono, tātou te hunga ora ki a tātou mā,

Tēnā koutou katoa.

To the people, the leading speakers, greetings to you all.

It is appropriate that we acknowledge the past, those who have made things possible for us. We remember them as those who have been encompassed in the passage to the sleep of all sleeps.

May those who have passed on continue on that journey.

We who inherit the lands, bind together as one.

Greetings to you all.

Tēnā koutou katoa – greetings to all

The Treaty of Waitangi, as our founding document, provides a bi-cultural constitutional basis for our nation. It does this by providing a framework of principles for national governance based on partnership, protection of the rights (of Māori) and equity of citizenship between the indigenous population and those that Māori agreed to share governance with.

TINZ seeks to explore contemporary treaty engagement, and how this can bring forth the greater benefits of being a truly bi-cultural nation. This is another step in our journey.

We have woven responses to and with Māori throughout our work, as they are part of us, as can be seen in the Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment.

As part of its work on strengthening integrity systems TINZ is seeking to clarify the practice of koha for non-Māori. This can be a challenging area for some non-Māori, as it sometimes involves the transfer of cash. Importantly, while on one hand integrity means the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles it also means the state of being whole and undivided. Translating a practice such as Koha - which is a personal expression of your deep gratitude and respect to your hosts, into a guideline for business practice requires a shift in thinking from the business world that goes beyond the monetary value of the exchange.

TINZ has therefore developed draft Koha Policy and Practice Guidelines which we now release for consultation. This is a richly diverse area so we do not expect to have got it right straight away. Consistent with our purpose in supporting strong integrity, we offer this tool to help support businesses and organisations improve their practices.

We welcome your feedback! Please visit the Koha policy page on our website.

Nā reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. – thus, greetings and farewell thrice times to all.

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