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Meet the team

Meet Claudine Waitere and Aidan Bigham who will take you on this bicultural design thinking journey.
Tena Koutou Katoa. Nau Mai Haere Mai ki te Kuratini O Waikato Nau Mai Haere Mai ki te Roherohenga O Tainui Waka Ko Taupiri te Maunga Ko Waikato te Awa Ko Kiingi tuheitia, ki runga. No reira e te ao, Tena Koutou Katoa Nau Mai Haere Mai, ki te Kōpū Mānia o KIRIKIRIROA Welcome, Nau Mai, Haere, Mai. Welcome. My name is Claudine Waitere and I will be your co host throughout the duration of this course. I now hand it over to my co facilitator, Aidan. Tena Koe, Aidan Kia Ora Claudine. Everyone. My name is Aidan Bigham, and I am a Design Factory coach at Te Tumu Herenga Whakaaro O Aotearoa, D esign Factory New Zealand.
We’re really excited to have you here as part of this course on Biculturalism in Aotearoa, New Zealand, looking at a sustainability issue in particular, our water resources. Claudine and I will take you through a design thinking journey, looking at the different perspectives from the local Indigenous to the Western culture and how we’ve all worked together to come up with solutions that benefit everyone. We really look forward for you to experience this course with us.

Introducing Claudine and Aidan

Kia ora, hello, its great to have you all here and we hope you enjoy the course.

Lets start with some quick introductions.

Claudine Waitere is part of the Professional Development in Adult Learning team who is the lead facilitator of Te Awa Koiora – WINTEC’s cultural capacity programme. She facilitates cultural capacity (providing a traditional Māori point of view in teaching and learning) to staff and local industry partners. She is passionate about this role as it allows her the opportunity to voice a Māori cultural lived narrative about society, for the unification of Te Tirity of Waitangi partnerships within Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Aidan Bigham is a Design Factory New Zealand coach. He facilitates Design Thinking understanding to undergraduate and post graduate students, community organisations and industry. What makes Design Thinking stand out to him is its ability to include every voice and hence adapt to any challenge. This is incredibly important when we have challenges within our countries that effect every culture differently.

So again, welcome and we look forward to travelling this journey together.

You can engage in this course in two ways:

1) You could follow along as we show you an example of Design Thinking in a sustainability challenge – and how in New Zealand we take a bicultural approach. As you follow along you can reflect on how biculturalism takes place (or even multiculturalism) and how you could apply it to your learnings.

2) You could follow along while carrying out your own challenge. This FutureLearn course will guide you in a process and you can apply the same techniques to learn about a challenge from different cultures within your context. This will require a little more work than 1) above.

Whether you choose 1) or 2) we do encourage everyone to engage in the comments feed to get the full benefit of reflection.


Watch the video to find out more about Claudine and Aidan. When you are done, use the comments section to share how formal introductions are done in your culture.

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