One evening I observed a group of people most probably friends. The observation took place at a local restaurant. I was enjoying my evening cuisine, they came in and sat right beside my table which enabled me to observe them closely. The restaurant nearly full from peak dinner time, as there were not many empty seats. Along with the outside light fading, the lighting indoors was dim, making the dining experience feel more quiet and intimate. The background noise filled with other group’s conversation, and some music played quietly from the speaker overhead.

As an observer, I could tell the guy was deeply involved in the conversation at all times. I also took note of the guy’s facial expression throughout the evening, clearly enjoying himself. I was able to observe this closely as they were sitting close to my table. That man had a deep, gentle voice that stayed low in volume throughout the dinner. He spoke a bit fast, but I think he was simply excited to be with another person, trying to fit in as much as he could. His laughter was low and hearty, but stayed near the volume he spoke.He also used a lot of hand gestures. His stories were filled with help from his hands and arms. He was quit excited and looked deeply into talking. At one point it looked as if he was trying to describe a house using hand gestures.

One last nonverbal observation i will mention is that man’s posture. He was generally leaned on the table, rarely sitting up straight. Combined with the other non-verbal observation, this posture suggest he wanted to be as near to the other person as possible.

Te Tiriti of Waitangi 

The Treaty of Waitangi (Māori: Te Tiriti o Waitangi) is a treaty first signed on 6 February 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs (rangatira) from the North Island of New Zealand. An immediate result of the Treaty was that Queen Victoria’s government gained the sole right to purchase land.

The Treaty of Waitangi is an agreement made between representatives of the British Crown and more than 500 Māori chiefs. It resulted in the declaration of British sovereignty over New Zealand by Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson in May 1840. Most chiefs signed a Māori-language version of the treaty.

On 28 October 1835, James Busby took this a step further at a hui (meeting) he had called at Waitangi. By the end of the day, 34 rangatiras had signed He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni (known in English as the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand).

The best example of this is the Maori Language Act 1987 in which it was decreed that “The Māori language is hereby declared to be an official language of New Zealand.”, this decree means that in government Maori language would become acceptable to be used in legal settings.

Being an IT consultant it is very difficult to design a website in two languages(Maori and English) and the very less population of New Zealand speaks Maori, almost 3%.

In team participation, it is very important to make sure everyone understands everything, everyone,s culture, and tradition, and language are being respected and most importantly it is to work in partnership with the Maori to strengthen the productivity and reliability of the team allowing each member to be at their best.

Team Bonding Activities

My team participated in The Bamboo Stick balancing activity.
The activity was to balance the bamboo stick on the index finger while standing and while balancing it we had to bring it down. Our team did a great job of balancing the stick and completing the task. It was very interesting to perform such activity we learned how to do teamwork with full co-ordination.
Here is how we performed our task:
We balanced the stick on our index finger and started to look at each other’s faces to co-ordinate on the pace to bring the stick down.
The activity was quite easy to be honest because of the understanding between all of us, we made this possible without making it fall even once.
The trick we used was- understanding by communication. We communicated well by instructing each other when the stick went even a little bit out of balance. Being most interested in this activity, I was the one who guided everyone very well. And without any doubt everyone let me take the lead because of my confidence. Before starting the task, I explained to everyone the techniques we should use to bring down the stick and all of them followed me well.
The challenges we faced were a lack of prior planning and a lack of interest.
Yet, we did very well in the activity and has understood each other’s way of understanding things.