Written for Pink Shirt Day (26 May) this message from student leader Tessa will help us all throughout 2017 and beyond.
“He mauri tō te tangata, he whakapapa tōna, he mana motuhake.”
Everyone has mana, everyone has a whakapapa (a genealogy), everyone has an identity that makes them no more or no less important than the next.
Moreover, everyone has a level of self respect from which their ability to respect others flows. As a leader and in particular as a member of the 2017 ELDP executive, I have both an inherent responsibility and an opportunity to promote such a level of self respect in the interest of all tāngata. We model respectful behaviour by passing our own level of self worth, of self respect, onto others, treating them as we desire and deserve to be treated. By acknowledging the individuality of our own mana, of our own whakapapa and of our own identity, we are able to form a level of respect which takes into account and further, appreciates the diversity of others. We should always strive to positively value the self worth of tāngata, as to demonstrate that someone has self worth is to treat them with respect.
He mauri tōu, he whakapapa tōu, he mana motuhake; you have mana, you have a whakapapa, you have an identity that makes you no more or no less important than the next.
Tessa Barrett-Walker – student leader: UC Emerging Leaders Development Programme
How’s it going? I’m Sam and I’m a student member on the UCSA Executive team. If you’re not too sure what the UCSA Exec is or does, you’re not alone. In a nutshell, we’re an elected student body where every year, UC students vote for other students to represent them in key decision-making matters around campus.
You may or may not know, but last year students voted to switch up the way the executive team is formed. Where in the past it was your President, Vice-President and Finance Officer (top 3) + 9 other general executive members, from 2017 onwards it’s now the top 3 + 6 general executive members + one Postgraduate Rep + one Te Akatoki rep (Māori Students’ Assc.) + the Equity & Wellbeing Rep. Essentially, this helps to make sure these important groups and matters are well involved in key decisions on campus. Sound good?
In my role as the Equity & Wellbeing Rep, my job is to help make sure that every student feels valued and that issues affecting different groups on campus can be talked about and addressed. I also help lead EWAG (Equity & Wellbeing Advisory Group) which is a group of about 20 students from all walks of life, designed to help UCSA make better decisions that are more inclusive for all.
As an EWAG team, we’re quite focused on three key areas this year: Student survival, equity for all students and mental wellbeing. We believe these are all really important issues and you’ll be seeing a few initiatives being rolled out over the coming weeks. If you’re keen to share your thoughts or have anything would like to bring up drop me a line at email@example.com – happy to chat.