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James’ Aoraki Bound experience

– By James MacTaggart

In March earlier this year I was given the opportunity to go on Aoraki Bound, courtesy of the ARTS295 scholarship and a partnership between The University of Canterbury and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. This meant a few weeks working as an intern at the Ngāi Tahu ‘glass palace’ and a few more weeks trying to get myself ready to follow in the footsteps of my ancestors.

And follow I did, from the revolving doors at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to the golden-sand beaches of Anakiwa. I climbed through the uppermost branches of a kahikatea forest, rowed my first waka and struggled with the logistics of digging a toilet trench on a bracken cloaked mountainside.

The internship was about showing me a place where Māori culture and tikanga could be normalised and enjoyed in an everyday work environment.  Aoraki Bound taught a similar lesson at a school of much harder knocks, stressing the importance that Māori values like whanaungatanga could play in overcoming the constant challenges the course presented.

For twenty days I was a fish so far out of water I may as well have been allergic to the ocean but I managed every one of those footsteps with thirteen amazing people beside me, all equally as sleep deprived, sick of scroggin and culturally absorbed as I was.  I couldn’t recommend the experience enough.

James (second from left) with his whānau.
James (second from left) with his whānau.


Scholarship opportunity: First Nations’ Futures Programme

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, in conjunction with the University of Canterbury’s Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and the University of Otago, is pleased to announce its participation in the First Nations’ Futures Programme in 2016.

First Nations’ Futures Programme at Stanford University 

The First Nations’ Futures Programme is held at Stanford University for two weeks in October/November every year.

It provides an unrivalled opportunity for aspiring Ngāi Tahu leaders and other Māori postgraduate students to gain access to leading international research and thinking within a uniquely indigenous context.

Applications are also invited from Ngāi Tahu and other Māori undergraduate students who are close to completion of their degree and who intend to apply for postgraduate study in 2016-2017.

Apply to attend

To express your interest in attending this programme, please download the 2016 FNFP Application Form from: http://www.ntrc.canterbury.ac.nz/fnfp.shtml

Submit the completed application form with a copy of your CV and relevant supporting documentation via email, as instructed below.

Applicants will need to outline a tribal programme/kaupapa they wish to parent and lead within the tribe that relates to the tribal economy/development and demonstrate a record of community participation.

We encourage you to provide relevant supporting documentation, which may include letters from your whānau, rūnanga, academic institution, or current employer.

All applications must be received by Friday 20 May 2016 via email to: kirsty.ameriks@canterbury.ac.nz and cc’d to ntrc@canterbury.ac.nz

For more information refer to the website: http://www.ntrc.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarships.shtml or email ntrc@canterbury.ac.nzCultural Centre (2)