The Consultation Plan
Acknowledging the importance of a collaboratively designed consultation plan, the project team established a Cultural Advisory Group. The project team extended invitations to people across cultures and ethnicities to join or invite others to participate in the review of the framework, training, and training resources. They were additionally invited to serve as a conduit for further information gathering from their communities and their cultural perspectives. Representatives from Maori, Pasifika peoples, Asian, and European ethnic communities offered time and expertise for an initial process of reviewing material, attending a full-day face-to-face meeting and subsequent online meetings. The establishment of the Terms of Reference, to define the scope of the Cultural Advisory Group, occurred over a two-week period prior to the face-to-face meeting and was crucial to the partnership process. The collective crafting of this document enabled a process of whanaungatanga (relationship development), which participants identified as supportive to the group process and enabled focused discussion at the face-to-face meeting. Over one month, the combination of the face-to-face and online discussion enabled a review of the evaluation data from the SSFC-focused events held to that point, in addition to a review of The Bouverie Centre SSFC training content and training resources (promotional material, PowerPoint presentation, video clips, suggested reading materials, and the training evaluation document). The discussion from each meeting, and information shared during all communication with the Cultural Advisory Group, was collected as data for the review process. The project team completed a thematic analysis of the data and shared their findings with the Cultural Advisory Group. Themes from the analysis included:
- • Accessing cultural advice (required when working with cultures other than one’s own)
- • Kaimahi (practitioners) connection with their own culture (knowing yourself before working with others)
- • Well-being of an individual in the context of well-being of the whanau in their community (peoples’ well-being being related to the collective)
- • Whanau support is essential to collective well-being
- • Understanding our limits and responsibilities, when working with people from other cultures and ethnicities.
The Cultural Advisory Group further identified that SSFC could be “fit for purpose” in Aotearoa New Zealand, but for the framework and associated training to be culturally credible, there needed to be cultural contextualization of the framework, training and training resources.