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Ngāi Tauira

July 29, 2019

MANAWATAKI  Nā Fin Johnson   Emotional literacy is something that is not taught in schools. We are taught when to use a comma, but not when to stop and breathe. A question mark at the end of a sentence, but never to question how we are really feeling deep down underneath. An exclamation mark to […]

June 3, 2019

Nā Jade Gifford   When most people think of friendship, they probably don’t think about their own family members. But when I was asked to write on the kaupapa of ‘friendship’, you know who popped into mind? AUNTIES. Yup you read that right. “Aunty”, “auntie”, “aunt”, “whaea kēkē” or “the kuia that you call ‘aunty’ […]

April 8, 2019

  I wanted to write this piece, in order to connect to all tauira within the University, with the hope that we can all remind ourselves that we are a part of an environment which is valuable, no matter our culture, our beliefs or our skin colour. The ultimate purpose of this kōrero, is to […]

March 18, 2019

By Nā Pounamu Tipiwai Chambers Te Herenga waka I E! Ko Te Herenga Waka taku tai tuarā, taku whakaruruhau. Tīhei Te Herenga Waka!   Our marae is more than just a building, it is a representation of what a ‘home’ should be. It is a support network, a connection to our people, and a place to […]

March 11, 2019

Ngā hoa, ngā whānau Aunty Laura—“University is about making lifelong friends” People come in and out of our lives all the time, but those connections close enough to become whānau are made by those who leave an impact long after they’ve left. If there is anything that I’ve learnt about whānau, it is that they […]

February 25, 2019

“Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei”     Kia ora e te whānau and welcome to our university: Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui.   This new and unfamiliar wāhi that you have arrived at will soon become your home, just as it has […]

October 15, 2018

Tēnā tātau, It’s your sis Geo, and as y’all should already know, last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, so I thought it would be fitting to write about thoughts I had during a mental health hui a couple weeks back with Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick. Let’s just say that upon arriving, my first […]

October 1, 2018

As most of you probably know a couple of weeks ago was Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. One of the events we held was our annual taupatupatu at Te Herenga Waka marae. This year we had two debates — one te Reo and one English, tauira vs pūkenga. The tauira took out the English […]

September 24, 2018

Many tauira Māori feel the pressures of what it means to be the first in their whānau to attend university. What it feels to have the weight of our tīpuna on our shoulders. And the inherent pressure to succeed that comes with that. Drop-out rates for Māori students in tertiary education are still disproportionately high. One reason […]

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