Recent Workshops

Workshops and events held since mid-2017 have included:

  • Kotare Summer School 2019. Our traditional three-day summer school took place 25-27 January, with a record number of people participating. Workshops took place in a wide variety of themes and modes, with a mix of analytical discussion and opportunities for creative expression. Topics ranged from the economics of the housing crisis and surveillance issues for activists through to poetry-writing as a tauiwi response to Matike Mai and a session on radical archiving.
  • Riverbed project. From August 2018 until March 2019 Kotare participated in the Riverbed project led by artist Fiona Jack in conjunction with Artspace Gallery on Auckland’s K Rd. Fiona Jack and Sue Bradford facilitated a series of workshops at which participants were invited to shape rocks from clay while engaging in group discussion around a topical issue. Topics included everything from women’s empowerment and debate around ‘reform or revolution?’ to a discussion of radical pedagogies, with the final workshop for tamariki taking place at Ihumātao on 2 March.
  • Through Mongolian eyes: Reflections on feminism, neoliberalism, post socialism and the realities of women’s activism in Mongolia. A well-attended public event hosted by Kotare at Auckland Central Library in November 2018, in which visiting Mongolian feminist activist and scholar Undariya Tumursukh reflected on these issues in conversation with Sue Bradford.
  • Speaking out in challenging times.  This workshop considered how we can more effectively ‘speak out’ and take action for structural change, especially given the challenges presented by our current political/economic/socio-cultural context and the particular sectors in which participants work.  
  • Fresh Water and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. An opportunity for tauiwi working on fresh water issues at local and national level to share knowledge about what is going on at present, and to deepen our understanding about the implications of Te Tiriti for organisation and advocacy around fresh water.
  • Codesign or cooption? RBA or resistance? Untangling the latest web of community sector theory, practice and jargon.
  • A progressive Basic Income (BI or UBI) for Aotearoa New Zealand. An opportunity for people to come together from different perspectives to consider the evolution of this controversial concept at a time when BI is becoming increasingly popularised in mainstream discourse around welfare and work.
  • Kotare Summer School January 2018: Looking ahead and learning to listen. What does it mean to really listen to each other? What can we learn about the best of each other’s organising methods at this time? What is the outlook for our work in 2018?
  • Working with Te Tiriti o Waitangi as tauiwi organisers in community-based social justice and environmental organisations. Deepening our understanding of treaty principles and of how to implement them in practice.
  • Facilitation and power: Building commonalities while respecting difference. Practical training in facilitation skills combined with an analysis of power in the facilitation dynamic.
  • Social investment: What does it mean and what should we do about it? Aimed at people working in grassroots tangata whenua and community organisations coming to grips with the meaning of government’s social investment strategy.