Please use this area to post your self-introduction. Please be sure to include your name, the name of your school/community group (noting if you are a student or a teacher/adult leader), and be sure to share what motivated you to join the program.

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  1. Hello! My name is Kochakorn Sirisongkram. You can call me Ploy. I am currently a 12th grader at Triam Udom Suksa School in Bangkok, Thailand. I have always loved traveling since I was little. Having seen my mom, who works in the international relations department of airports, go to different places all around the world inspired me to love exploring, gaining new experiences and learning about what else is out there in the world.
    My last trip was to Japan in April. It was my first time there and very eye-opening. What amazed me the most was how picturesque the nature was like it would be on computer desktops. And despite being very populated, the big cities remain clean and eco-friendly. In addition to that, the culture, food and people made Japan one of my favorite trips.
    Apart from traveling, my favorite way to have fun is through music and dance. I believe music transcends boundaries and it’s something that has brought me life-long friendships. I also love to watch rom-com and psychological-thriller movies and also historical documentaries.
    I have been to the United States for a summer course and a cultural exchange program but never to Hawaii. However, I’ve had the chance to host a German student during a short exchange program, which revolved around water resources. During the program, our group visited waterfalls, a dam, an aquarium, the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority and the biggest river in Thailand, the Chao Phraya River, to learn about sustainability and conservation of water resources including marine resources.
    I would like to join the P4Y program, not only because I love traveling and learning about other cultures but also because it would be a great opportunity to further study about others’ perspectives regarding sustainable development issues and goals. I strongly believe that youth has a huge part in shaping the future we want, therefore, I would like to be a part of the Partnership for Youth program “Shaping Vision 2030 for the Future We Want”

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    1. Hi Ploy,
      I look forward to meeting you tomorrow and hearing more about Thailand’s water issues and water sources. I am especially interested in the dam you visited in Thailand. Having been on a boat ride on the Mekong at Chiang Saen, I know the river is quite low and the monsoons late to the northern part of the country as of a week ago.

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  2. Hi!
    My name is Seong-Geon, Oh. I go by the name Clay too. Please call me by any name you prefer to. I am currently a 3th grader/senior at HANGYERAE High School in South Korea. I Got to know this program through Namji teacher who is a director of “Asia Pacific Ed program”. I met her on Korea Independence Movement Day in Imjingak Pavilion which is also the day of our school anniversary. Then, Ever since she told me about the this program, I was looking forward to it because there were lots of things that I wanted to share and talk with you guys. And I’m happy that it will come true very soon.
    Above this, I would like to share with you guys what I am passionate about. Currently I am busy on preparing for college entrance exam and interviews. But, in a spare time I make beats(Music) which is the thing that I like to do the most. It just makes me feel accomplished and happy when I finish the song and everytime I listen. Moreover, I will major sonics and sound designing when I am enrolled in a college. So basically, I want to be a music producer. Besides, I have never been to Hawaii. Even though I have been other states of USA, It feels really different going to Hawaii.

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  3. Hello!! My name is Kotoe. I am a 2nd grader at Okayama Ryukoku High School in Okayama, Japan. My hobby is watching movies. Especially I love musical movies like Hairspray and Disney Channel. Also, I love western music. My favorite artist is Charli XCX.
    Honestly I am not good at speaking and hearing English, my English skill is poor. And I have never been to Hawaii. But I decided to join the P4Y program because I want to learn about different cultures, also sustainability and well-being problems that is happening in the world. I think this will be a great experience for me. Also, I will be able to tell about what I will learn through this program to students in my school and people who are around me. I am so excited about the P4Y program.
    I am really looking forward to see you!!

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    1. Looking forward to meeting you, Kotoe, and glad you are so interested in learning about cultures new to you, as well as looking forward to sharing what you learn about sustainability while in Hawaii with your friends at home. It promises to be a wonderful learning experience for everyone. See you tomorrow!

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  4. Hello from New York! My name is Mrs. Nicola Minchillo-Barber, but please call me Nicola. I am very excited to meet you all!

    A little about myself… I am a Social Studies teacher at Scarsdale High School in Westchester County, New York. I teach or have taught World History (ancient and modern), US History, US Government, as well as Eastern and Western Philosophy. I have been teaching for over 2 decades, enjoy hiking, camping, drawing, art, music, reading, movies, and graphic novels. Especially, I love spending time with my husband and little boy (who are currently trying to fit themselves in my luggage as I pack!).

    I am passionate about environmental sustainability, empowering women, and protecting and educating children. Last year, I had the great opportunity to travel with 5 of our students to New Zealand on the P4Y program and was inspired to view sustainability through a different lens–a cultural one. I am looking forward to continuing to expand this perspective.

    I traveled Hawaii about 7 years ago as a teacher-student for one of the EWC’s professional development programs. As I spent over a month on the islands, and met many Hawaiian teachers, I was fortunate to see some of the well-trotted and less-trotted areas of Oahu and Big Island. My travel experiences have mostly been in Northern America and Europe, but I am eager to travel more eastward in the years ahead.

    See you Sunday!
    Nicola

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  5. Hi! I’m Anna Donovan and I live in Westchester, New York. I am currently a rising senior at Scarsdale High School and cannot wait to meet all of you. Last year, I went to New Zealand with the East-West program and learned about the importance a community has in initiating change. At my school, a few other students and I have established a sustainability program to help our community be more environmentally conscious.
    Other than the environment, a few hobbies I enjoy are running and playing lacrosse. I love pop music and tv series including Stranger Things, All American, and NCIS.
    I can’t wait to meet everyone see you soon!

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  6. Hi, I’m Gwen Johnson and a recent Social Studies teacher alum from Scarsdale High School where I taught World History, Comparative Government, International Politics and various Public Policy courses, which included environmental units, a passion of mine since my early days of teaching when the environment first became a focal point of national and global concern. Having grown up in a family that camped, hiked, and canoed, I learned much about and continue to be drawn to the ‘outdoors’ not only for fun, but also to observe how the balance between man and nature must be sustained for the “Future We Want”.

    Reading about the 107+F degrees in Paris yesterday and how Greenland is ‘melting’ away at a very rapid speed, surely we all, especially today’s youth, must be involved in finding ways to stem, sustain and reverse what is happening to our ecosystems at home and across the globe. I love taking photos to capture what I have observed through the lens of a camera, but being in and experiencing the natural world is by far the best way for understanding our planet today. In addition to the outdoors and environmental issues, I love to read, listen to music, draw, and travel, especially in Europe and Asia.

    I have been fortunate to participate in many AsiaPacificEd programs over the past decade+ and have always found that the emphasis on experiential learning and cross-cultural “people to people” contact at the heart of each program, institute or forum is the best way to share and understand other cultures and issues that face us all. Last summer I participated in P4Y Vision 2030 NZ where we focused on sustainability and local Maori cultural traditions, as well as their ties to the Polynesian and Hawaiian peoples.

    I look forward to hearing more about these links while experiencing Hawaiian values, traditions, and culture, and learning about their methods of sustaining the natural environment in order to create a more peaceful world built on the wellbeing of all. I am very excited again to be part of this summer’s P4Y Vision 2030 Honolulu, and look forward to working with and sharing ideas and perspectives with everyone as to how we can work towards a sustainable environment in our individual communities, as well as globally across borders, in order to achieve the 2030 Development Goals.

    See you Sunday!
    Gwen

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    1. Hello from South Korea. I am Joohyeon Park. You may call me just Park. I can’t wait to see you all and to have fun.
      I am teaching children in YoungAm (Dragon rock) Elementary School.

      I have a lot of ways to have fun according to seasons. First, I enjoy thrilling speed skiing in winter. Second, I play soccer with my friends during the spring and autumn time. Third, I enjoy swimming like dolphins during summer.

      Recently, I am really passionate about teaching the knowledge of computer software to my students. Knowledge fo computer software is a fundamental part of our future. So I am eager to learn computer software to guide my students to prepare for their future.

      I love to sing ‘We Will Rock You’ of Queen. About a month ago my class students and I participated in school sports day. We sing ‘We Will You’ to grow hoarse. After then, I listen to music every day.

      I am really excited because this is my first time to Hawaii.

      See you soon everyone.

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  7. Hi I’m Nozomi Nakahata from Japan!
    I’m a second grade at Tsukuba university and is my second time participating P4Y.
    I like musical and in a musical club!
    I study international politics and also involved in the OECD education2030 projet. Can’t wait to work with you all!

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    1. Aloha!

      My name is Justus Wa’a. I am an upcoming senior at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. We have all kinds of students with all kinds of history and ethnicities. I enjoy being with friends and family. I have a profound love for the ocean and the way it moves and flows so elegantly. With that in mind my SDG is #14. I want to see our waters clean and plentiful. I believe that we need to clean our oceans because there are entire ecosystems being wiped out as quickly as dust gets blown off an old book. We are loosing many valuable ecosystems that we will never be able to have again.

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  8. Aloha,
    My name is Adisak Kittivorawit and you may call me Liu De Hua according to the Chinese star in the old days. I am an English teacher teaching at Triam Udom Suksa School in Thailand. I am so fascinated reading about environmental matters as I believe everywhere, something happens. With regard to the recent news, we all see, I believe, the world is changing gradually but noticeably. Wouldn’t it be better if we have some time and something to talk about, such as how to raise awareness in young people or how we make sure that our offsprings have a nice world to live? Beginning now, come to talk and I am open to all ideas because I am a bit newcomer to this. So, without a doubt, the reason why I am joining this meaningful event is a chance for young shiners to talk and to solve not only a big thing, even a small thing to start is important.

    Additionally, I love watching movies and I love sharing stories of cultures which I always find them intriguing.

    Hope we have a good time.
    Aloha,
    Adisak (Liu)

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  9. Hi! My name is Praeploy, people call me Prae. I’m currently an 11th-grade student studying at Triam Udom Suksa school in Bangkok, Thailand, the most populated and also the well-known capital city with the best-ranked street food in the world. One of the happiest times I have in my life apart from being with family and friends is traveling, mostly abroad.
    My family – my mom, my dad and me- we love traveling. Addicted is the perfect word. Every time I feel stressed or wanted to escape the chaotic world, traveling is the only thing that I can think of. Not only the leisure it gives but also the experiences.

    If not for traveling, I fancy reading novels and watching movies. I used to love thriller but now I am #teamromcom or #teamromantic. My favorite movie of all time is Me before you. I literally cried non-stop. (I recommend those who hadn’t watch this movie to watch it.)

    I have been to the States twice. The first time is for pleasure and the second time I was in a cultural-exchange program for three weeks in Wisconsin. I love it both times when I was in the United States and I always wanted to come here again. When I heard about the P4Y program, to be honest, I was interested because it’s hosting in Hawaii, US! But then I took more research about the program and I found out that it’s about sustainability and development. Firstly I didn’t quite catch on to the topic but when I studied more ideas came popping in my head. But the thing is I don’t only want to do research on my own. I want to do it with all of P4Y’s participants.

    I really am excited about the program and looking forward to meeting you all.

    See you real soon!
    Prae

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  10. Hello from Thailand! My name is Piriyakorn but my friends always call me Mook or Piri. I am a 12th grader at Triamudomsuksa school in Bangkok and keen on studying university next year. I love to watch movies and animations, my favorite one is Spirited Away, a 2001 Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy film. Traveling is also my favorite hobby especially wandering around the place that I haven’t been before. I like to see cultural differences and learn about new things. This kind of interest led me to join this program.
    I’ve been Hawaii once last year to join the e-icon contest, a mobile application development competition, but that time I haven’t explored a lot of things because we had to focus on our project. So this time I can’t wait to explore the world of sustainability and well-being in Hawaii with you guys!

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  11. Hi!

    My name is Rishabh Gharekhan and am a rising senior at Scarsdale High School in a suburb 45 minutes north of New York City. Last year, four peers and myself, we had the honor of attending the P4Y Vision 2030 Conference in New Zealand. Three of us are delighted to meet all you guys and solve the pressing sustainability and human well-being issues in each our respective communities. I love playing sports like baseball, basketball and football. Furthermore, I love listening to rap and hip-hop music. My personal favorites are J. Cole and Travis Scott! I also love to go to the beach and be outside (so Hawaii is the perfect place to spend some time!) In my school, I am on our ski team as well as Model UN. I love learning about the world and exploring! I also enjoy cooking.

    I can’t wait to meet all of you guys!
    – Rishabh

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  12. Hi!
    My name is Ty Kawamura and I am from New York. I am currently a senior at Scarsdale High School. Some of my interests are sports especially basketball and football and I also love to listen to music. I am so excited to be able to come to Hawaii to reunite with old friends from P4Y New Zealand and make new friends from around the world to gain new perspectives and understandings of the world!

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  13. Hi! My name is Catherine and I am a 12th grader from St. Andrew’s Schools – The Priory in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am really passionate about global issues and I have traveled around the world learning about sustainable development, meeting new people, and learning new cultures. I enjoy Model UN and shopping! I also enjoy traveling and dancing hula. I am looking forward to meeting you all during this program and discussing global issues.

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  14. Aloha,
    My name is Shaye Nishimura and I am a rising senior at St. Andrew’s Schools – The Priory. This is my second year participating in the P4Y program. My hobbies are: hula, singing, lei – making, photography, and makeup. My favorite color is blue and I love pandas 🙂 I’m a bit of a social butterfly so I’m excited to meet everyone!
    Mahalo

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  15. Aloha everyone, my name is Destiny Tuisano. I’m 16 and I go to Wai’anae High school. I’ve been to the New Zealand P4Y Vision 2030 last year and I’m happy to make new friends again this year 🙂 Some cool facts about me are: I wrestle (for my high school), I’m about to graduate, I’ve never seen snow in real life and I like making new friends.

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  16. Aloha,
    My name is Shanyalyn Lalawai and I am a rising senior at Waianae High School. One of my favorite hobbies is to learn about divers cultures and understanding how humans impact society. This is my second year attending the P4Y program and I was lucky enough to attend the one last year in New Zealand. I am very excited to meet new people and make new friends.
    Mahalo!

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  17. Aloha, students
    My name is Kaimana Ahina, I’m a 16 year old from Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. I will be an senior this upcoming I’m a Pro-Am surfer and a aspiring surfographer. I see myself as a leader and a jack of all trades and I’ve learned to acquire my knowledge from many experiences. I hope to learn much more from this program and the opportunities it offers

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  18. Howzit,
    My name is Kala’eona’uhanehemolele but everyone calls me Kala’e for short. i went to New Zealand last year and excited to meet all you guys.
    K Shoots 🤙🏽

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  19. Kia Ora, Our names are Tuauri Reriti, Kalani Butler-Hare & Te Rae Ngaheke from the Te Atiawa Tribal Council in Wellington, New Zealand.
    We have participated In P4Y As a Community since the 2016.

    We come from a community in a small town in Lower Hutt, New Zealand Called Waiwhetu our values are based on the vision of peace on earth good will to all men and progressed through our Elders confidence is us as young people to learn and grow and excel educationally and culturally as natural Maori leaders.
    Looking around this room I see we have a mixture of rich cultures from which we can all draw good advice from one another as to how we all contribute to the sustainability of our communities and how our daily lives and well-being can be improved for the many generations to come.
    As young people who live and work in our tribal community, in order to effect change and contribute to one’s community, is the essence of what is ahead for us in the following days to come.
    I think the biggest question for us is how can we from Aotearoa contribute to the conference to ensure a difference is achieved.
    One of the topics ahead of us is homelessness. This is a modern ill that faces us all.
    For Maori whom live away from their ancestral lands, they are homeless but are housed and live somewhere else.
    Maori communities which we call (Papakainga or Turangawaewae) is based on a place of Belonging, like a sense of home and a sense of belonging
    Everyone must have a place within their community – You have to belong to that place and feel its wairua or spirit through your toes right through to the last tip of your hair, so that if I want to work with your community you have to belong there first may not be by blood but by aloha ne or your contribution to the development of your community, be it education, health, youth, social services, kaumatua or older people etc..
    the trust of these people so that when they look at you its someone that has a track record.
    So again we are young people, whom are yet to gather more of a track record.
    You have to prove yourself to your own people before everyone else, because they will be the ones looking to see where the flaws are and generally are the most negative. But that’s ok – We have a saying in Maori – Mahia te Mahi – which means do the work regardless of any obstacle. If you can’t go around it go through it.

    That is the way folklore societies are and Maori communities still have that strong element of folk culture. We have been able to retain it better than most cultures in the world for a number of good reasons..
    The Maori community is about sustainability, going to the next generation, to the next generation and so on.
    Our people have been managing their marae, practising their social habits and cultural habits for generations like all of us here.
    In many ways, it’s that tremendous resource that has been strengthened in New Zealand. Some of our Elders say “well it’s not so strong here and there” but when you look at our young people, and the reaction to strengthening tribal structures, as is occurring in New Zealand, nowadays the communities are building up quite strongly, and there is a sense of confidence which is growing.
    You have to have confidence, people have to have confidence in you and the group that is trying to manage and effect change. You have to have evidence to encourage the people to stay with the project whatever that project may be or look like.
    When we talk about sustainability, In terms of balancing social, cultural and business objectives none of that can occur well unless you belong there to that community, that you know your boundaries that the people know you as part of a team that has the skills to respond for that community in all facets, whether it is religion, social, cultural it is (as you would say) holistic.
    Issues of who we are, what values we live by and what we can see can be achieved by 2030 is important to us and we from Aotearoa are 100 percent behind any projects or programmes to make our community sustainable going forward into the future.

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  20. Kia Ora, Our names are Tuauri Reriti, Kalani Butler-Hare & Te Rae Ngaheke from the Te Atiawa Tribal Council in Wellington, New Zealand.
    We have participated In P4Y As a Community since the 2016.

    We come from a community in a small town in Lower Hutt, New Zealand Called Waiwhetu our values are based on the vision of peace on earth good will to all men and progressed through our Elders confidence is us as young people to learn and grow and excel educationally and culturally as natural Maori leaders.
    Looking around this room I see we have a mixture of rich cultures from which we can all draw good advice from one another as to how we all contribute to the sustainability of our communities and how our daily lives and well-being can be improved for the many generations to come.
    As young people who live and work in our tribal community, in order to effect change and contribute to one’s community, is the essence of what is ahead for us in the following days to come.
    I think the biggest question for us is how can we from Aotearoa contribute to the conference to ensure a difference is achieved.
    One of the topics ahead of us is homelessness. This is a modern ill that faces us all.
    For Maori whom live away from their ancestral lands, they are homeless but are housed and live somewhere else.
    Maori communities which we call (Papakainga or Turangawaewae) is based on a place of Belonging, like a sense of home and a sense of belonging
    Everyone must have a place within their community – You have to belong to that place and feel its wairua or spirit through your toes right through to the last tip of your hair, so that if I want to work with your community you have to belong there first may not be by blood but by aloha ne or your contribution to the development of your community, be it education, health, youth, social services, kaumatua or older people etc..
    the trust of these people so that when they look at you its someone that has a track record.
    So again we are young people, whom are yet to gather more of a track record.
    You have to prove yourself to your own people before everyone else, because they will be the ones looking to see where the flaws are and generally are the most negative. But that’s ok – We have a saying in Maori – Mahia te Mahi – which means do the work regardless of any obstacle. If you can’t go around it go through it.

    That is the way folklore societies are and Maori communities still have that strong element of folk culture. We have been able to retain it better than most cultures in the world for a number of good reasons..
    The Maori community is about sustainability, going to the next generation, to the next generation and so on.
    Our people have been managing their marae, practising their social habits and cultural habits for generations like all of us here.
    In many ways, it’s that tremendous resource that has been strengthened in New Zealand. Some of our Elders say “well it’s not so strong here and there” but when you look at our young people, and the reaction to strengthening tribal structures, as is occurring in New Zealand, nowadays the communities are building up quite strongly, and there is a sense of confidence which is growing.
    You have to have confidence, people have to have confidence in you and the group that is trying to manage and effect change. You have to have evidence to encourage the people to stay with the project whatever that project may be or look like.
    When we talk about sustainability, In terms of balancing social, cultural and business objectives none of that can occur well unless you belong there to that community, that you know your boundaries that the people know you as part of a team that has the skills to respond for that community in all facets, whether it is religion, social, cultural it is (as you would say) holistic.
    Issues of who we are, what values we live by and what we can see can be achieved by 2030 is important to us and we from Aotearoa are 100 percent behind any projects or programmes to make our community sustainable going forward into the future.

    Nā tö Tamaiti.

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  21. Kia Ora, Our names are Tuauri Reriti, Kalani Butler-Hare & Te Rae Ngaheke from the Te Atiawa Tribal Council in Wellington, New Zealand.
    We have participated In P4Y As a Community since the 2016.

    We come from a community in a small town in Lower Hutt, New Zealand Called Waiwhetu our values are based on the vision of peace on earth good will to all men and progressed through our Elders confidence is us as young people to learn and grow and excel educationally and culturally as natural Maori leaders.
    Looking around this room I see we have a mixture of rich cultures from which we can all draw good advice from one another as to how we all contribute to the sustainability of our communities and how our daily lives and well-being can be improved for the many generations to come.
    As young people who live and work in our tribal community, in order to effect change and contribute to one’s community, is the essence of what is ahead for us in the following days to come.
    I think the biggest question for us is how can we from Aotearoa contribute to the conference to ensure a difference is achieved.
    One of the topics ahead of us is homelessness. This is a modern ill that faces us all.
    For Maori whom live away from their ancestral lands, they are homeless but are housed and live somewhere else.
    Maori communities which we call (Papakainga or Turangawaewae) is based on a place of Belonging, like a sense of home and a sense of belonging
    Everyone must have a place within their community – You have to belong to that place and feel its wairua or spirit through your toes right through to the last tip of your hair, so that if I want to work with your community you have to belong there first may not be by blood but by aloha ne or your contribution to the development of your community, be it education, health, youth, social services, kaumatua or older people etc..
    the trust of these people so that when they look at you its someone that has a track record.
    So again we are young people, whom are yet to gather more of a track record.
    You have to prove yourself to your own people before everyone else, because they will be the ones looking to see where the flaws are and generally are the most negative. But that’s ok – We have a saying in Maori – Mahia te Mahi – which means do the work regardless of any obstacle. If you can’t go around it go through it.

    That is the way folklore societies are and Maori communities still have that strong element of folk culture. We have been able to retain it better than most cultures in the world for a number of good reasons..
    The Maori community is about sustainability, going to the next generation, to the next generation and so on.
    Our people have been managing their marae, practising their social habits and cultural habits for generations like all of us here.
    In many ways, it’s that tremendous resource that has been strengthened in New Zealand. Some of our Elders say “well it’s not so strong here and there” but when you look at our young people, and the reaction to strengthening tribal structures, as is occurring in New Zealand, nowadays the communities are building up quite strongly, and there is a sense of confidence which is growing.
    You have to have confidence, people have to have confidence in you and the group that is trying to manage and effect change. You have to have evidence to encourage the people to stay with the project whatever that project may be or look like.
    When we talk about sustainability, In terms of balancing social, cultural and business objectives none of that can occur well unless you belong there to that community, that you know your boundaries that the people know you as part of a team that has the skills to respond for that community in all facets, whether it is religion, social, cultural it is (as you would say) holistic.
    Issues of who we are, what values we live by and what we can see can be achieved by 2030 is important to us and we from Aotearoa are 100 percent behind any projects or programmes to make our community sustainable going forward into the future.

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