Des Morunga, a Community Services Librarian at South Waikato District Council, shares some of her initial learnings while participating in the Whiria te Tāngata programme.

I recently returned to work after being on maternity leave and this opportunity presented itself at the right time. 

First, it is a privilege to be successfully selected to the Whiria te Tāngata programme 2023. The application process was something like applying for a job. Updating my CV, pepeha and answering a few questions. I think it was necessary to seriously take a further look into the programme, myself and my intentions.  

I remember experiencing a mix of emotions leading up to the first noho in Wellington, including excitement, anticipation, and sometimes a bit of apprehension. I love the idea and thrill of leaping into unfamiliar spaces yet conscious of the challenges that I will have to face and confront.

I find myself constantly affirming myself with positive thoughts like – “It’s an opportunity for personal learning and growth”, “You get to meet and learn from likeminded people.”,  “I will be mentored by those who have many years of experience across all library sectors, guiding me.”  “I get to immerse myself in culture and experiences”. 

Its early days and I am excited about embracing new concepts and learning collaboratively with my cohort of 2023. It’s important that I approach it with respect and an open mind.

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