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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.


Support For Maori Students During The Exam Period

Support For Māori Students During The Exam Period

Kia ora koutou! It’s that time of the year again, you know the one. Caffeine, all nighters and RSI in your note taking hand. Sound familiar?

Well if you require any exam advice or information the Māori Development Team is available to meet with students throughout the exam period.

MDT offers a range of services including individual advisor appointments, Māori Tuakana mentoring support to connect new students with a senior student buddy and study spaces which can be booked for groups or individual sessions.

You can email, call or swing by the MDT offices on the second floor of Te Ao Mārama if you have any questions or feel like catching up for a kōrero.

For more information contact the Māori Development Team at the University of Canterbury. 

Phone: 03 364 2987 extn 7982 or email: maoridevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz