I often get asked how I find the time to do everything that I do. Between work, my secondment here in Whakatane, writing at Ka Tōnuitanga and other free-lance writing work, working on my LLM and economic development text, and spending time with friends and family around New Zealand and the world, there is often not much time left at the end of each day for relaxation. But as I explain to them, that is the way I love to live my life.
Life is an adventure and the more experience I gain, and the more experiences I get, the more opportunities come my way. There is always another piece of work to be done, another conference to attend, another article to be written, another country to visit, and another sporting event to train for. One of my favourite quotes is the idea that you can be rich and successful, or you can sit on the couch and watch 4 hours of television each day – but you cannot be both. And I think that is primarily where I find the time to do what I do. We each have available to us the same 24 hours, it is how we use them that counts.
One thing I discuss with those who are considering the Ka Tōnuitanga Business Development Programme is that the commitment required is not for the faint-hearted. Because once you find that one thing that drives you forward, a large proportion of those 24 hours will be dedicated to achieving your goal. Success, however you define it, does not come to those sitting on the couch waiting for life to happen to them.
Ka Tōnuitanga is about developing society and people to be the best possible version of themselves. Māori development is about much more than institutions, strategy, development opportunities, and cold hard cash. Māori development is about ensuring that every whānau and every Māori has the tools and opportunities available to them to so that they can go out there and live their dreams. The rest is up to us.