The Māori Development Team (MDT) support ākonga Māori to be successful. MDT offers a range of developmental and support initiatives including:
- Māori Orientation
- individual appointments
- Tuākana Mentoring
- Academic Mentoring
- Academic support
- Māori Students’ study centres.
Here MDT round up the first big event on the calendar – Māori Orientation.
Last week under the bright sun, we welcomed over 100 new Māori students to the beginning of their career here at UC. Connections were made, stories were exchanged and kai was consumed, all in a day to celebrate new opportunities, challenges and friends. From the perspective of a Tuakana (student leader), the atmosphere was warm like the weather, which meant students spent little time settling in.
Activities included a mihi whakatau, to formally introduce the prospective Māori students, which then flowed through to the first kai of the day. Shortly after, the students, assisted by Tuākana, set out on an Amazing Race which saw them exploring all corners of the University Campus. Obstacles were apparent, however were no match for the innate “Māori ingenuity” shown by the future Māori academics, ka pai!
The day was rounded out by an amazing kai put on by our fine friends at The Foundry, by the time this were over, everyone was feeling welcome. It is our hope that those who participated in the day enjoyed themselves thoroughly and make their home here at the University of Canterbury.
Māori Development Team
Te Ao Marama building,
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The Māori Development Team are on campus until 16 December to tautoko your studies at UC.
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On Wednesday 9 November the Undercroft was swarming with Year 10 ākonga Māori (Māori students) from various schools around Canterbury. It was an excellent day filled with activities run by UC Colleges. The purpose of the event was to welcome ākonga Māori onto campus and to inspire the idea of Tertiary education as a possibility as they enter into their first year of NCEA in 2017.
The theme of the day was “E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tōu ao…” (“Grow up and thrive for the days destined to you…”) a quote from the whakatauki of well-known political leader Tā Apirana Ngāta. It seemed fitting to follow his words as he was a UC graduate himself and the first Māori graduate to complete a degree at a New Zealand university. With many opportunities available at UC, ākonga Māori have the ability to grow up and thrive for whatever they choose.
Ākonga Māori were connected with UC Tuākana (mentors from the Māori Development Team) and together they participated in college activities which were led by UC staff. Tuākana and Staff were amazing, their enthusiasm on the day was infectious and you could see ākonga really getting involved, the competition for prizes was intense at each activity. There was lots of noise and laughter coming from the Undercroft, a sign of a great event.
Michelle Bergman, Māori Outreach Advisor