2–5 February 2021


Regional Panels

Aotearoa New Zealand Panel: Rangatirangatanga mō te Oranga – Innovation in systems and service change for equitable cultural spaces


Presenting Author(s): Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Angie Tangaere, Penny Hagen
03 February 2021

Bringing together different knowledge systems and services grown out of cultural drivers, the Aotearoa NZ panel includes Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera (Ngā Aho); Angie Tangaere Ngāti Porou (The Southern Initiative); and Dr Penny Hagen (Auckland Codesign-Lab). This panel will share and reflect ways in which Māori communities play a role or lead in governance, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of design that addresses cultural inequity.

As Māori and non-Māori practitioners working to shape the potential of services as enablers of whānau (family) wellbeing, we will discuss some of the tensions that emerge in seeking to build capacity for holistic policy and service system responses, grounded in place and culture. We emphasise, in particular, the potential and challenges of realizing services and responses led by cultural equity as imagined under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the potential for whānau to whānau or peer to peer services focused on building community capability and social capital, leading to self-determined community responses. And, what are the implications for the government as an “enabling” partner in this reconfiguration of community strengths and aspirations?

Desna Whaanga-Schollum
Desna Whaanga-Schollum
Founding member Ngā Aho Chairperson

Affiliations: Rongomaiwahine + Kahungunu + Pāhauwera

Desna’s work is connected through the exploration and articulation of cultural identity. Projects see her collaborating with a wide variety of communities, business and design professionals, artists and academics to achieve results which effect change in people, practice and place. Desna is actively involved in indigenous identity discourse, design and stakeholder engagement, via: strategy, research, exhibitions, wānanga, speaking engagements and governance roles. Current roles include Chair of Ngā Aho Māori Design Inc, Chair of Artspace Aotearoa.

Angie Tangaere
Angie Tangaere
Social Intrapreneur, The Southern Initiative

Angie Tangaere was born in Papakura and raised in South Auckland with a whakapapa to Ngāti Porou on her father’s side and Pākeha from Taranaki on her mother’s side. She graduated with a Law degree from the University of Auckland but decided not to become a lawyer.

Angie was keen to work at a community level and took up a role at Te Puni Kokiri working with iwi and Māori trusts in South Auckland. She then worked with the Ministry of Social Development in South Auckland communities looking for ways to develop better services and engagement with communities and whānau.

She moved on to a role with Māori health NGO, the National Hauora coalition before coming to work with TSI. She combines her experience with government agencies, community and whānau to develop and co-design whānau-led programmes, disrupting ineffective ‘business as usual’ systems.

Penny Hagen
Penny Hagen
Director, Auckland Co-design Lab, The Southern Initiative

Dr Penny Hagen assists organisations and teams to apply participatory and developmental approaches to the design and implementation of strategy, programs, policies and services with a social outcomes focus. Penny’s work sits at the intersection of design, wellbeing and systems change. She has worked across Australia and New Zealand with the community, academic and commercial sectors to support locally-based solutions to complex health and social issues. She is currently the Director of Auckland Co-design Lab (the Lab), helping to build co-design and social innovation capacity across public service and community teams. The Lab’s workstreams focus on co-design ethics, policy by design, experimentation in complexity and place-based design and evaluative practice.

A Māori flag design idea with British Crown and Māori symbols, designed by Desna Whaanga-Schollum