In his public presentations, Newman delivers a ‘backward into the future’ overview of where we have come from as a nation and where we’re heading, combining inspiration and hard information, the practical and the prophetic.
Newman takes us back to the earliest Maori engagements with the missionaries, through the Musket Wars to the Land Wars, the rise of the Maori prophetic movements to T.W Ratana and modern Maori cultural and spiritual awakenings or revivals.
Newman wonders whether it might take a new generation of radicals with “collaborative, out of the box indigenous, holistic and spiritual thinking” to wake us up to fresh and more connected ways of thinking and acting?
“We need entrepreneurs, innovators and lateral thinkers to inject heart, life and vision to inspires all of us to do our best but it seems we’ve often settled for “bureaucratic bullying, box ticking and endless reports that too often discourage new ideas and crush creativity”.
Part of the solution, he suggests, is better connectivity and sharing of ideas, resources and expertise across church and social networks and more effective collaboration with central and local government agencies.
He believes the pervasiveness of communications technology and social media need to be harnessed to strengthen community networks otherwise they’ll increasingly become instruments of consumerism and a new wave of digital colonisation.