Reimagining the future of Aotearoa

I don’t particularly like the term ‘reimagine’ but it is being used a bit lately. It’s use is new to me but according to Merriam Webster it was first used in 1825.

An email from James Shaw and Marama Davidson (to the Green Party contact list: Let’s reimagine Aotearoa 💚

We’re at a critical moment where we can rewrite the rules to ensure cleaner, greener communities where everyone is supported to thrive.

All we need is the political will to be bold and to do what’s right.

So what do you want for our future [name]? Take a moment to tell us about your vision for Aotearoa, so we know we’re pushing for a COVID-19 Recovery that New Zealanders want.

There’s huge potential to support everyone to live with dignity, to create meaningful jobs and build greener communities throughout New Zealand.

You may have already seen some of our big ideas to ensure we kick-start our economy after COVID-19 in a way that helps nature and communities thrive. We’ve pushed out our ideas on creating nature-based jobs, as well as building high speed passenger rail to connect the regions to our cities. We have more exciting ideas to come, but we also want to know what you think.

Our Let’s Reimagine Aotearoa survey should only take a few minutes of your time, and has the option to send us a video or voice message if you’d prefer.

Right now, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the direction of our country. Let’s not let this chance go to waste. 

RNZ:  Māori seek ideas on Aotearoa’s future after pandemic

The Iwi Chairs Forum is launching a campaign today encouraging people to share their vision for New Zealand post-Covid-19.

Ngāti Kahu leader Professor Margaret Mutu is leading the campaign and says the pandemic has given the country an opportunity to re-imagine its future.

“Covid-19 has given us the opportunity to pause and reflect on how we would like to be as a nation. We have a special chance to build a country based on our shared values,” she said.

“That’s about our constitution and constitutions should come out of communities not governments. Why would iwi leaders be interested in community vision? Iwi leaders have always worked with communities in creating future pathways as demonstrated in the 1835 Declaration of Independence and Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840.

“We have been fair and we have honoured agreements for the wellbeing of all. This campaign continues that work.”

She said the Iwi Chairs Forum invited all individuals, organisations and communities to share their vision through online video or written statements with the hash tag, #aotearoa2020vision

Statements will be reviewed and prominent themes and priorities will be reported via the forum’s Facebook page, to the national Iwi Chairs Forum and stakeholders. In addition, a rōpū (a group), led by rangatahi will be formed to identify the shared priorities that will contribute to a community vision for Aotearoa into the future.

This reimagining has been going on for a while.

The Dig (August 2019) – There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction. However, our current worldview and political paradigm renders us incapable of responding adequately due to its disconnected and divisive default settings. These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other.

IdeaLog:  Using Māori culture and urban design to reimagine Aotearoa’s past, present and future

Our social, political, and economic consciousness is shifting as a nation. As we begin to understand and embrace what being Maori can say about Aotearoa, our conversation as designers turns to the land and to the built environment. How do we brand our face to the world, yet remain true and authentic to a history and knowledge that runs deep beneath the pavement of our roads and cities, emerging only sporadically in our built environment as glimpses of another past? As Isthmus’ Damian Powley discovers, these deep narratives have as much to say about what once was, as they do about our collective identity now in 2019, like holding a mirror up to catch a glimpse of where we may be heading.

Tourism Industry Aotearoa:  Private Sector Ready To Reimagine Tourism

The tourism industry is ready and willing to join the Government in planning the future of tourism for New Zealand, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

TIA looks forward to actively participating in the project to reimagine the way tourism operates in a post-COVID-19 world, announced by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis today.

There’s even a website Re-Imagining Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand

There’s nothing wrong with using our imaginations, nor imagining what the future of Aotearoa might look like.But if we are to make any major changes or “rewrite the rules” this should follow good democratic processes, and will take some time, like years.

Diving in to make make big changes while we are still dealing with a crisis would be a mistake.