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Te Kare o nga Wai


Building Missional Capacity

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Te Kare o nga Wai


Building Missional Capacity

Te Kare o Nga Wai

HOVERING OVER THE FACE OF THE DEEP

'Te Kare o Nga Wai' by Kirstin Cant

'Te Kare o Nga Wai' by Kirstin Cant

Traditional Maori Whare Wananga (houses of learning) were often given names that were esoteric and metaphorical more than literal. This enabled them to live into the space of the name, exploring its meanings and edges, its possibilities and creative nuances.

As we begin to explore what it means to engage in building missional capacity in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia we have been gifted the name Te Kare o Nga Wai, a name that reminds us that at the beginning of creation – always at its essence a profoundly good project – the Spirit hovered, God dreamed, and the Word was spoken.

On this site you will find emerging a blog of beginning reflections, stories of missional ventures and our guiding values

This is a project of the Decade of Mission.

Ma te Atua tatou e arahi, e manaaki / May God guide and bless us all.

Na ka whakapaho te Wairua o te Atua i runga i te kare o nga wai / And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters
— Genesis 1:2
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Nga Wariu


Guiding Values for Te Kare o Nga Wai

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Nga Wariu


Guiding Values for Te Kare o Nga Wai

We have identified a number of emerging values that we seek to exemplify and have guide the work of Te Kare o Nga Wai:

  • Spacious: Manaakitanga, possibility, depth and breadth, curiosity, comfortable with the uncomfortable and unknown, delighting in the emerging
  • Kairos: Prayerful, poised & ready, expectant
  • Experimenting: Courage, risk-taking, permission to fail
  • Trusting: High trust relationships
  • Imaginative: Creativity, valuing intuition, subversion
  • Hopeful: Beauty, conversations that elevate (tough and good), actively looking for and pursuing life, light atawhai, goodness, hope and joy
  • Free: Freedom to be our true selves, honesty, authenticity, talanoa - everyone’s voice matters and is heard, listening closely, intuiting each other
  • Together: Three Tikanga, genuine friendship, collaboration