Our Origins

These symbols represent Anangu (people & tribes) and were shared with Arama by Rene Douglas, Lena Campbell and women from the Titjikala community during painting and yarning.

We acknowledge IO, the beginning of time, the dreamtime, ancestral knowledge, Tjukurrpa, elders past and present, traditional custodians - Mana Whenua, Aoteaora New Zealand and First Nations Indigenous Peoples of Australia.

Walk Together stories and lived experiences are shared by many inspiring indigenous and non-indigenous elders, community members, visionary leaders & participants who chose to, and continue to be brave to lead beyond the status quo.

Our Founders

About Dave: From years of facilitating in many remote Aboriginal communities across Australia in the 90s, Dave developed Mutual Ways as a methodology for setting up relationships which enabled Aboriginal communities to work collaboratively with government and private sector partners. Many successful and sustained programs, partnership and visions achieved have been due to Mutual Ways.

The next iteration of Walk Together came in early 2000s and produced the Strategic Action Framework, a roadmap to change which focused on tangibly navigating the complexity of systemic change particularly across cultures. The late Nick Norris, Colin Bell and Dave Goddard continued bringing life into Walk Together by facing challenges experienced along the way. Through that process, a way of achieving mutually beneficial agreement with entities in conflict in one culture or between two or more different cultures came into being and has been used many projects over the years.  

About Arama: Arama met Dave and Nick, in Wiluna Remote Community in 2011. At the time, Arama was the school principal tasked with leading the school and community through the mandated Education Review (Expert Review process) recommendations. In understanding Māori and Aboriginal lore, Arama recognised the only way to achieve what the ERO recommendations set out, was by partnering with the senior decisions makers from the community of Wiluna. Arama had a strong held position (because of her own cultural lore that she needed to adhere to) that decisions about the future of Wiluna children needed to be in the hands and authority of the community, not the government. This was a huge learning curve about how to successfully navigate the competing values between a community and the government.  

Walk Together facilitated the partnership process in Wiluna from 2011-2013. The school entered into their first formal partnership of authority existing between the school, the medical centre (as the government service providers) and the families of Wiluna who had been in the region for 60,000+years.  

About us: For the past decade, our relationship has been as a personal friendship with a commitment to continue the Walk Together journey together.

 

Arama Mataira is of Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Maru, and Ngati Pākehā descent. Born in Queenstown, NZ, she grew up in West Auckland, where she now resides and feels the most grounded.  

Spending almost 20 years living and working with people from the Arrernte, Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, and Martu language groups in the Central and Western Deserts in Australia, Arama's passion for social and environmental justice is rooted in her understanding of the interconnectedness of all things and her deep respect for Indigenous knowledge and wisdom. The past seven years have been about reconnecting and reestablishing roots outside of government systems to work in-between groups and organizations as an intercultural facilitator.

Arama's experiences and stories over the past 25 years have driven her "why" behind Walk Together and the plight to reimagine the current and future roles of Indigenous Peoples and the role of culture inside of systemic change.

As the founder of Walk Together New Zealand, Arama's unique two-way perspectives and wealth of experience in supporting groups and communities to develop their own pathways for systemic change, is what is brining Walk Together NZ to life.

Since 2011 Arama has supported the evolution of Walk Together. Arama is committed to continuting to facilitate experiences through Walk Together, while working towards growing a connected community of members, coalitions and partners to walk alongside and elevate indigenous voices, skills, knowledge systems and ways.  

Meet Dave

 

Dr Dave Goddard has worked for two decades in the area of change management, particularly between Aboriginal communities and public and private sector entities. He has worked with metropolitan, rural and remote Aboriginal communities throughout Australia for more than 20 years, both in education as a Principal and District Director in the Department of Education and as a private consultant. Some of Dave's achievements include:

A model for the Gumula Mirnuwarni Education Project using Mutual Ways. The Project commenced in 1997 and was the forerunner of some 70 similar Projects operating under the banner of the Graham (Polly) Faramer Foundation program, “Partnerships for Success”.

The Fortescue Metals Group Vocational Training and Employment Centre commenced in 2006 following a model created by Walk Together personnel. It currently has in excess of 600 Aboriginal people on its books and an outstanding record of placing individuals into work in the Pilbara. Mutual Ways was the methodology used to create the Projects.

The Remote Learning Partnership Agreements (RLPAs) required the facilitation of individual agreements between the largest Remote communities in the NT and the Department of Education & Training, NT.

Dave has developed Mutual Ways as a methodology for setting up relationships that enable Aboriginal communities to work collaboratively with government and private sector partners. Together with Nick Norris, and Colin Bell, Dave collectively developed the Strategic Action Framework, a process pathway for navigating complex change processes.