Kia Ora Ortautahi (Social Enterprise World Forum 2017)

Kia Ora Ortautahi (Social Enterprise World Forum 2017)


Ōtautahi is the word we use for Christchurch. Ōtautahi refers to this place
belonging to our ancestors so it is very much a part of me
and who I am. Social Enterprise is a normal thing for Māori. Māori have always lived in that frame
because we are a community, and one of our leading phrases is
Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei. which means not only for us,
but more importantly, for the generations that follow us. My first impressions of Christchurch? Cold… in terms of weather
and really warm in terms of people. It’s been amazing but I also believe
that the spirit of resilience that people here needed to show post
earthquake has struck me tremendously. Here in the room at the Social Enterprise
World Forum there’s a real diversity of people and things are moving so fast in this space that these kind of events are great to see
what are people doing, what have they learnt since we saw each other last. The event is amazing, but the event is really
about creating and motivating and catalysing the entire social enterprise sector. Of course it is a movement that is very positive
it offers a lot of opportunity, but what needs to happen is a conversation
around challenges. Often we find that people don’t quite
understand what we are. We get challenged for being too commercial,
we get challenged for being too social. And it’s actually about explaining
that they can both go hand in hand. There actually doesn’t have to be either or. The real opportunity right now is for the
democratisation of investment into social enterprises. By pooling our resources we can overcome
some of the big challenges and move forward together. I would like to ask more governments
around the world to know, actually social enterprise is a global trend. And that many many young people are eager
to be social entrepreneurs, and how we can help them
make our work become better. If people are given the support they need
to do well, then our whole community is going to be so much richer, more vibrant and more incredible. To me the greatest vision of the future is
this morning on the stage when we see youth engaged in social enterprise. Social enterprise now is like normal business. So my rallying cry is ‘kia kaha’,
the world needs this work. But don’t forget the people who enable this work, and don’t forget the people
who are not in the room right now because they need you to do this work. To all of the visitors that have been to this forum that have come to Aotearoa… Firstly I say thank you for coming,
and that I hope that there’s something that they can take home that they have learnt from us that will make the world a better place because it’s our world and we need to take responsibility
for making our world a better place. This is going to be really hard… Kia ora Ōtautahi Nō reira e te iwi Tēnā Koutou,
Tēnā Koutou, Tēnā Koutou katoa. That means therefore everybody,
our best wishes, greetings to you all… Goodbye!

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