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Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

Healing Our Spirit Worldwide 2015 – Hamilton, New Zealand



The Seventh Gathering of Healing Our Spirit Worldwide 2015 will be hosted by Te Rau Matatini at the University of Waikato in Hamilton (Kirikiriroa), New Zealand (Aotearoa). The Gathering will take place after the Pōwhiri (Official Welcome) on the morning of November 15 on Tūrangawaewae Marae (the principal marae of the Māori Kīngitanga).

Healing Our Spirit Worldwide is a forum for Indigenous peoples across the world to come together to share their strength, hope, and wisdom as they face community health, governance, and substance abuse issues. It provides a forum to discuss solutions and to connect and learn from other peoples to heal the spirit, heal the earth, and sustain cultural practices for the next generation.


The overarching theme for the Seventh Gathering is Mauri Ora. Mauri Ora means life force, a positive state of being, a continuous energy flow, life, good health and vitality. Mauri Ora is about the health and well-being of Indigenous communities flourishing in positive directions.

Within this overarching theme there is a key stream for each day of the Gathering:

  • Indigenous Leadership
  • Indigenous Solutions
  • Indigenous Potential
  • Indigenous Futures

These four streams are strengths-based and forward focused in their approach. The Seventh Gathering is about building the capacity of Indigenous leaders, highlighting and celebrating Indigenous solutions, and realising Indigenous potential for healthy flourishing futures.

The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation hopes to see you in Hamilton, New Zealand in November 2015 for this important conference!

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