“He waka kōtuia kāhore e tukutukua ngā mimira”. (Māori)
A canoe that is interlaced will not become separated at the bow. In unity there is strength.
‘Afa’ in Samoan and ‘kafa’ in Tongan, refers to the fibres of the coconut husk. Afa was used to bind the parts of the canoe to ensure it could withstand ocean voyaging. ‘Gafa’ in Samoan refers to genealogy.
The metaphor of the ‘afa’/ ‘kafa’ relates to the bringing together of different threads with manaakitanga, to make something stronger.
At Va‘atele, we believe that everyone has valuable knowledge to contribute. We work collaboratively with one another and with the sector to strengthen practice.