E Tū Tāngata is a social development programme tackling one of New Zealand’s biggest problems – our Tall Poppy Syndrome. The programme was introduced at Ellesmere College – Te Kāreti o Waihora in 2021 and is taught through the Senior Hapori Curriculum. Using guided conversations, provided on the E Tū Tāngata website, schools are provided with tools to discuss these principles and decide how they will put the principles into practice. The online learning programme enables schools and participants to work through the programme at their own pace.
‘New Zealanders are known as friendly, hard working and laid back, but live here for a while, and you’ll also discover that sometimes we have a bad habit of criticising, resenting and cutting down those poppies who seek to do something different or succeed. E Tū Tāngata seeks to change the narrative. Instead of objections and unhelpful criticism we want to raise the bar,’ says E Tū Tāngata founder, Jay Geldard.
E Tū Tāngata encourages personal reflection, group work and community contribution by focusing on three core principles:
- You have value
- We succeed together
- Others matter