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Navigating a Future of Responsibility in the Southern Pacific Region -

We have taken Indigenous peoples and communities as a priority focus, and relationships between Indigenous peoples and later settler communities as an opportunity to highlight the concepts of co-responsibility and ethics.
The environment provides a theme for collaborative responsibility and ethics, and for shared purpose – even though the approaches may be formed from different cultural legacies.

Responsibility is a highly respected concept amongst people associated with human rights and ‘social justice, who are pro-active for the environment, sustainable economy and who work from a base of values and ethics beyond exclusive commercial interest and advantage. In this region we are prioritizing involvement with indigenous people of this region.

For those who have come as later settlers to this region, it is imperative that we orient our future in collaboration with Maori, Pacific Islands peoples and Aboriginal people. There is growing willingness to do this, while many factors, such as the globalized free market, with the myriad effects that reach into every corner of our lives and undermine values and institutional efforts to work together in ways that are more respectful of indigenous experience and knowledge. There are many contradictions, including that indigenous people as well as the rest of us, seek to engage advantageously in the global marketplace.

The groups who are working on the Charter in New Zealand are made up of different cultural and socio-professional groups, including Maori, Samoan/Pacific Island, and Pakeha (white). The fields of work include academics in Education and Management (Not-for-Profit), independent researchers and community researchers, cultural leaders and advocates, and an education professional. We have initiated a small group in Australia, who are academics and environmental researchers and educators, one of whom works with works Aboriginal person.

We find that there is a strong interest in responsibility from those associated with environmental work – in projects, research and education. Along with support for the concept of responsibility there is a tendency to find this somewhat abstract and that it needs to have practical application to be of real significance.

27 April 2010
Responsible governance of Watersheds by Betsan MARTIN

11 February 2010
Report 2009 by Betsan MARTIN


New Zealand – Australia Regional Initiative - 5 January 2007, by Betsan MARTIN

Abstract Two members of the New Zealand committee had meetings with Robbie Lloyd who will be the Charter contact in Australia. Fields of interest and work in the Australian group include earth relationships, mental health reform, water allocation, sharing knowledge and experience across generations, partnerships with Aboriginal peoples, land restoration, earth-centred healing. We met Tony McAvoy, an Aboriginal lawyer whose work includes water issues, land restoration, education. A (...)

Bibliography - 10 April 2006, by Betsan MARTIN

Humphries, M.T. and Martin, B. (2005). Diversity Ethics: a compass pointing to relationality and reciprocity for navigating turbulent seas. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management - In Print Martin, B. (2005) ‘Responsibility. Guardians of Life’ - Submitted for Yfeng Zhao’s edited publication on Responsibility. China. Martin, B; Humphries, M.; with Te Rangiita, R. (2005) ‘A Two Hulled Waka. Managing Diversity in Pacific Mode.’ - International Journal of (...)

Partners - 7 January 2005, by Betsan MARTIN

Networking within cultural groups and with various organizations with which we are associated is a necessary first step for dissemination of the charter. Two of our committee have extended existing involvement with Human Rights organizations, advocating a Charter for Human Responsibility. In New Zealand the Human Rights Commission include a concept of responsibility and they have shown initial openness to developing this aspect in their activities. The Commission has given preliminary (...)

Challenges to face - 7 January 2005, by Betsan MARTIN

One reflection from our agreement to integrate the concept of responsibility into existing local organizations, is to question whether the concept of responsibility becomes assimilated, or absorbed rather than identified as a distinct, future oriented concept. The Human Rights Commission is well respected in New Zealand and has excellent strategies for wide dissemination of their work. They are interested in ‘responsibility’ but then tend to interpret it within their existing frameworks, (...)

Facilitation methods: débates, videos, collaborations, publications.. - 4 January 2005, by Betsan MARTIN

We are following the agreements of Syros (first meeting of the Facilitation Committee) to weave the Charter work into existing organizations and socio-professional groups, to raise awareness of the concept of responsibility and discuss it as widely as possible. 1. Interviews with small groups from different sectors to discuss and receive feedback on the Charter text. Evaluation : an effective way of inviting engagement in the Charter principles. At this stage, partnering in projects is (...)

Objectives - 4 January 2005, by Betsan MARTIN

The Charter and Governance At a meeting of the Aotearoa-Pacific committee in May 2004 there was convergence that to focus on governance as a major project over 2 years. In the discussion it was envisaged that we would convene a wananga/symposium, with invited contributors bringing prepared material (papers, documentaries, research). From such a gathering a case book to be collected and edited with initial and accessable ‘ethical governance’ ideas – examples and proposals –and an associated (...)

Contact - 4 January 2005

Betsan Martin (International Facilitation Committee) betsan S5u response.org.nz

Members of the Charter Facilitation Committee for the Pacific Region - 4 January 2005, by Betsan MARTIN

The Committee Members are : Betsan Martin (Coordinator of the Regional Committee, member of the International Facilitation Committee) Maria Humphries – Professor of Management Studies and Ethics _ She works in Not-For-Profit management, ethics, human rights and responsibilities. Maria is active in the Third Sector, linking the Community sector with academic research. Maria and Betsan are colleagues in research and writing. Maria lives in Auckland. Te Kawehau Hoskins – Lecturer in Maori (...)


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