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Kai and Kōrero: Actioning the capacity of aroha through evaluative leadership

About this event
Evaluation is a political exercise – recognising power relationships, decision making, the distribution of power and resource, and who and who is not involved. At the intersection between theory and practice of evaluation lie the potential mobilisers or instruments for change – evaluators. Exploring evaluators as instruments of change, where evaluation is required to “be a rhythmic alternation between attacking the causes and healing the effects”¹ of colonialism, inequity, social justice, and dismantling states of ‘doing to’ is critical.

Sharing whakaaro that emerged through wayfinding within her Masters research, Lou Were (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Tahu Ngāti Whaoa) will elevate the challenge and opportunity to “awaken to the potential of ourselves, others and situations and to then consciously manifest that potential” ² through evaluative leadership by actioning the capacity of aroha.

What to expect this session:

  • See and hear the learnings and insight that emerged on the wayfinding journey to evaluation with aloha³
  • Feel and know a potential approach to evaluative leadership that we can practice explicitly

¹Martin Luther King. (1958). Stride Toward Freedom, p.214
² Spiller, Barclay-Kerr and Panoho. (2015) Wayfinding Leadership, p.44
³Lili’uokalani Trust and CREA Hawaii (2019). Evaluation with Aloha: A framework for working in Native Hawaiian contexts. Retrieved 26 November 2020, from