Governance, equality, autonomy
Empowerment is about a person having the authority or power to do something. Enabling is about making a person stronger and more confident, especially in terms of controlling their life and claiming their rights. Together, these two elements recognise a person’s and a group’s ability to achieve goals. This topic encompasses the concept of whakamana (ratification or authorisation). Whakamana acknowledges that the capability and opportunity for people to make decisions, act in self-determining ways, and actively influence decisions that affect their lives are integral to individual and collective wellbeing. Empowerment and enablement increase the economic, educational, political, spiritual, and social strength of individuals and communities. They provide people with the power, means, opportunity, or authority to act or put initiatives into action.
Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi.
As an old net withers, another is remade.