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June 1, 2014 | by  | in Features | [ssba]


“He muka tuitui i te korowai whakamarumaru i te hunga e whanake ana”

E eke ana tātou ngā tauira Māori i ngā poutama mātauranga, kotahi anake te whainga paetae arā kia eke panuku, eke Tangaroa!

E kore au e ngaro he kākano i ruia mai Rangiātea.  He herenga tangata, he herenga whakapapa, he herenga wairua ki tō Māoritanga! Ko tātou o Ngāi Tauira, e whai ana i ngā tapuwae a peperekōu mā. Me te mea hoki, he kanohi kitea mātou mo Ngāi Māori whānui. Ka tū ki te kōrero ko ngā tipuna, ko ngā iwi, ko ngā hapū kei o mātau taha.  He kōmiti whakahaere a Ngāi Tauira, ā, ka tū hei māngai mō te hunga tauira Māori i roto i ngā tini āhuatanga o te whare wānanga. Mā te whakamōhio atu ki a rātou i ngā whakaaro o ngā tauira Māori, ā, kia rongo, kia kite a kanohi nei te aroaro Māori.

Waihoki, ko ētahi o a mātau whainga he poipoi, he akiaki, he whakatenatena i te hunga tauira Māori o Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui kia tīkarohia te marama. Mā te whakawhanaungatanga me te whakapiri atu ki a rātou, ka noho a Ngāi Tauira hei whānau rua mā rātou i te whare wānanga. I runga i te whakaaro tahi, kia kōkiri ngātahi i runga i reo pōhiri o angitu.

Ko wheako te matua o te whakaaro nui, nā konā rukuhia ngā puna katoa o te ao. Mā te mōhio ka tuohu koe ki ngā maunga teitei, kei te kapu o ōu ringa te ao, nō reira KAPOHIA!

Mai rānō, we have always supported and fostered the educational enrolment, retention, achievement and completion of tauira Māori at Victoria University of Wellington. Now that we are in a post–Voluntary Student Membership (VSM) environment, we have experienced considerable change in the way we operate as a group, and therefore are seen in a different wavelength. This being said, we plan to focus on five key events throughout this year, tailored to Māori students at Vic.

Te Ao Mārama was our first item of business. Te Ao Mārama has been the annual Māori edition of Salient, although no one knows when it first started – some say the ‘70s. It was established through negotiations between Ngāi Tauira, VUWSA and the then Salient, and is now entrenched in Salient’s rules. Yeah, some will criticise, but you’re always gonna get haters. #hatersgonh8. #donthateappreciate.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is next on our agenda, from 21–27 July 2014. Previously, we have held events like quiz night, movie night, kapa haka hour and sports day. Another time for us all to come together as a whānau on campus and celebrate the taonga that is Te Reo Māori. Keep your eyes peeled for this year’s Schedule. #kiamaukitereokiatangatawhenuaai #arohatiatereo

As we are keen to foster long-lasting passionate relationships with our members, at the end of each semester we are putting on a shindig somewhere kool down town; usually we give you a free sausage roll or a ginger beer. Come on down – it’ll be fun. Anthony Wanakore (AKA Mountain Man) will be the one heading these events, so hit that brother up!

Part of our mahi on campus is to represent Māori students at Vic on various boards, committees and other forums within the University. There’s heaps, so I won’t name them all, but the main ones are the Academic Board and the Student Leaders Group (unofficial). We’re keen to hear from you guys with any issues (or not) that you might be experiencing at Vic. Drop us a line if you need a helping hand.

Our overarching strategy this year is Membership Engagement, with a particular focus on communications and getting students to our events. We all live busy lives (and we all got problemz), so it’s hard to check Facebook and emails all the time, and we understand that. So we’ve set up our common room in 42KP103: that’s 42 Kelburn Parade, that big annoying street smack-bang in the middle of campus that we’ve all crossed without pushing the button on the traffic light and have been tooted at by many cars and big-yellow-train-looking vehicles. Go to the ground floor, turn right and you’ll see the humungous sign sticking out like a sore thumb – watch out, it might bite you. Come and have a sit down and a kōrero – there’s computers that you don’t have to line up for, and couches and blankets that you can use for when you need a power nap after a stimulating lecture on quantum physics. Sometimes, we’re there when the Library shuts at 10.30 pm, so it’s a warm place to hang when you can’t get a room over in the Hub or something.

But what we’re really keen for this year is to get YOU, MĀORI STUDENTS, involved in everything that we do. That could mean coming to kapa practise every Tuesday at 5 pm in the Student Union Building. It could be hanging out in our common room. It could be coming to our shindigs. Whatever it is, we want to see you. We want to know you. We want passionate long-lasting relationships with you. (#notcreepy #soznotsoz).

We’re having our SGM this Friday at the Marae, starting at 5.30 pm. We’re doing boring constitutional stuff to begin with, but at the end of it we’re sending around a survey on what YOU think we should do at NT. After which you get two free ginger beers at The Hunter Lounge. And you can join in our quiz team. Keep an eye on our Facebook for further deetz.

We love you. #aroha #tbh #likeforalike #notinacreepyway.



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