From languages to landrights: sharing stories with Tūhoe
When our eight young Burmese leaders visited Taneatua in April they were interested to find they shared a number of common issues with the Tūhoe people. In particular they found that land confiscation and an education system in the dominant tongue had similar devastating effects here as in Myanmar.
They were impressed that Tūhoe had a forty year strategic plan based on wide consultation and that protection of language and culture were priorities. To demonstrate their learning during the two days in the region they each wrote moving and thoughtful reflections on their experience.