Tena koutou! Next week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week – and UC will celebrate with a wide range of events and activities on campus.
The theme this year is Whāngaihia te reo Māori ki ngā Mātua – supporting parents to pass te reo on to their tamariki/children.
If you’re keen to get involved, you can pick up a free UC te reo resource pack from the Māori Development Team reception in the Te Ao Mārama building, the Puaka-James Hight Library or the Henry Field Library at Dovedale. You can also access a wide range of resources on Learn.
The week will be launched at 9.30am on 27 Hōngongoi/July in the Puaka-James Hight Library where Te Akatoki Kapa Haka will perform waiata tautoko. You can find out what else is happening on campus here. You can also follow the national week of celebrations on Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori on Facebook.
Apply now for a new scholarship programme especially for Canterbury students wanting to study Chinese language at tertiary level in China.
The scholarships cover full tuition and accommodation for a year-long programme (Feb-Dec 2016), but students need to cover their own flights and living expenses.
The Education Department of Sichuan Province, China is providing 10 one-year scholarships for 2016 and has developed a special programme to be run by Southwest University of Science and Technology (SWUST). The SWUST programme includes Chinese language and culture lessons, along with lessons on Chinese culture and cuisine.
The scholarships are ideal for tertiary graduates with an interest in China who want to develop their Chinese language skills/experience and build connections before entering the workforce.
Applications are due by 23 July 2015.
Diwali, the Indian festival of lights has come and gone again and Christchurch paid its due by hosting a massive, culture-filled event.
Diwali happens to be the biggest Indian event in Christchurch consistently and this year was no exception. Located in the Horncastle Arena, it was an extravagant six hour long event that took place last Saturday. With lots of spicy Indian food, henna stalls, traditional shoes and sari stalls and a whole lot of Bollywood dance performances, the place was packed with Indians and lots of other nationalities who were all keen to learn about the festival and broaden their cultural knowledge.
For those of you who don’t know what the festival is, here’s just a quick summary and it is best to narrate it as a story!
Once upon a time, there was a Prince named Ram who was sent into exile with his wife for 10 long years as he fell prey to his stepmother’s politics. After a long ten years that was filled with lots of action and events, Lord Ram was finally returning back to the kingdom with his wife Sita, after defeating and killing the demon Raavan. To celebrate his homecoming, the locals of the kingdom lit fire torches to create a pathway for the two from the forest to the kingdom.
To this day, the homecoming is celebrated in the most extravagant way. Traditionally in India people burst firecrackers (the atom bomb being my favorite!), conduct religious rituals and of course eat a whole lot of Indian food with the entire family.
Personally, being away from home these are the things you miss the most and it was calming to see such a massive cultural impact in Christchurch and more importantly how people from other cultures embraced it and were curious to be a part of all the excitement.
Did you get to Diwali this year? If so, please leave me a comment with your thoughts.