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You’re invited: Tōia mai

The Office of Assistant Vice Chancellor Māori invite you to register now for Tōia mai, a two-day fun filled noho at Tuahiwi Marae on 11 and 12 February 2019.

He whakapapa Māori ōu?  Do you have whakapapa Māori?
Ko tēnei tō tau tuatahi ki UC?  Is 2019 your first year at UC?

Tōia mai tō waka!

Whether this is your first time on a marae or your hundredth, this noho marae is an awesome opportunity to engage in a whole lot of activities including:

  • learning something new about Ngāi Tūāhuriri – the mana whenua (home people)
  • meeting senior students and other first-year ākonga Māori (Māori students)
  • preparing kai together
  • making connections – whakawhanaungatanga

…and most importantly, having fun!

This event is open to all ākonga Māori who are new to UC and all kai and transport will be provided. 

Engari, kia kūrapa e hoa mā – space is limited so be sure to register now!

UC unveils sculpture, dedicates pathway on quake anniversary

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On the seventh anniversary of the 22 February earthquake, the University of Canterbury dedicated the Unicycle pathway along University Drive as a commemorative pathway to acknowledge the courage and contribution of the University community, and the losses and injuries sustained by students, staff, alumni and friends of the University in the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

As part of this dedication, a specially commissioned sculpture, Roimata, was unveiled at the Clyde Road end of the Unicycle pathway. It has been designed for UC by Māori artist Riki Manuel.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the UC Student Volunteer Army was an example of extraordinary generosity.

SVA founder Sam Johnson and former UCSA President Erin Jackson also spoke at the event. Sam said he was often asked if there would be an SVA without the earthquakes and mentioned the thousands of primary school children who took part in SVA voluntary work across New Zealand last year. He praised the ongoing momentum and strength of the current SVA and noted that the SVA is now the largest student club at the University of Canterbury.

The sculpture Roimata tells a story of remembrance, and depicts a community ritual that has emerged from a tragedy that is now an inherent part of the heritage of Christchurch. The sculpture depicts a koru facing down, as it represents a life taken before fully grown. The undulating surface is rippled, to represent the river Ōtākaro Avon, and a scattering of brass roses, cherry blossoms and daffodils on top represent the flowers that the people of Ōtautahi Christchurch throw into the river each year on 22 February, in remembrance.

After the unveiling UC staff, students and guests were invited to throw flowers onto the river to flow into the city in time for the formal remembrance service at the National Earthquake Memorial in central Christchurch.

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Whakanuia Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2016

E ngā ākonga o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, tēnā koutou katoa.

He kaupapa whakahirahira tō tātou i te wiki nei, arā, ko Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Nā reira, kia kaha tātou ki te whakamahi, ki te kōrero hoki i te reo. Whiua ki te ao, whiua ki te rangi, whiua ki ngā iwi katoa!

Greetings to all UC students,

There is a significant event for us this week, none other than Māori Language Week. Therefore I encourage you all to attempt to use, and speak te reo as much as possible. Let it flow through the world, to the skies and to all people!

This year, UC will celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori over two weeks, from today to 15 Hōngongoi July. The theme is ‘Ākina te Reo’ – behind you all the way, which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is an opportunity to embrace te reo and build your bicultural competence and confidence. A range of activities will be happening across campus over the next two weeks, including during Winterlude. View the full Te Wiki programme here.

How to get involved

Beyond Te Wiki there are many opportunities to further your Māori language and culture knowledge at UC. Start this week and then try to use the words you learn in everyday conversation.

Kia kaha e hoa mā!