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NTRC Scholarships open – “I pursued a ground-breaking area of law”


Kā Waimaero, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre is offering scholarships for postgraduate study in 2017. Scholarship recipients may be studying any discipline at UC.

Rachael Harris tells us about the difference the scholarship has made .

Cant Mag, Rachael Harris, Law, investigating Crown/Maori co-governance, 3.10.13

“Kā Waimaero, Ngāi Tahu  Research Centre (NTRC) scholarship allowed me to pursue a Masters in Laws researching a ground-breaking area of law – legal personality for natural objects and the realm of co-governance. While I was studying, the scholarship meant I could afford to focus all my time and attention on my topic.

As well as financial aid through the Scholarship, the research centre provided invaluable moral and cultural support and encouraged me to travel to conferences, and to attend Select Committee hearings relevant to my research.

Having an LLM has propelled me into interesting and fulfilling jobs in the Legal Industry, and I would encourage anyone considering doing a Masters in an area relevant to the goals of the research centre to apply for a scholarship.

The NTRC is a special and supportive environment to make your journey into postgraduate study.”

Rachael Harris

Applications close 31 October 2016. For more information on the scholarships visit: www.ntrc.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarships.shtml


Teariki’s experience of Te Reo Māori overseas

The Māori language is very much revered overseas. While living in Asia for nearly nine years, I often saw the beauty of our language and culture in travel documentaries that highlighted the significance of Māori values and aspirations.

Internationally, being Māori is absolute gold. The nations across the world love our culture and language. I am often asked to do a haka wherever I travel, and everyone thinks that Jonah Lomu, the king of rugby, is a Māori too. I find this really hilarious and am quick to claim him as Ngā Puhi – my tribal group from the far north.

My friend Emma Puloka has been learning about my ‘Māori ways’ and is travelling across the Pacific for her PHD research. As a Pasifika person, we have very close ties with our language and cultural values. She is promoting our language across the beautiful Pacific, the land of our ancestors. Nā reira, ngā mihi nui ki a tātou katoa.

Nā Teariki

– By Teariki Tuiono

Learning through language immersion

Ko ngā reo wānanga

Ngā Mihi Whānau,

Learning a second language can be very challenging, but through the tough times come plenty of rewards! For me (Nate), it was having the ability to be able to stand on my marae and kōrero (speak) the language of my tīpuna (ancestors), te reo Māori.

One of the strategies that we find most beneficial is attending wānanga reo, or noho marae (language immersion programmes). During these hui (gatherings), you learn a new language, waiata, and tikanga (customs/values), but the most important feature of a wānanga reo/noho marae is that you are required to speak only te reo Māori from beginning to end. Collaborative environments like this are where the majority of language learning occurs!

Various institutions run wānanga reo; and for anyone that is interested in these types of hui, I would highly recommend that you find out exactly where and when they take place.

One amazing opportunity is the Kura Reo that takes place in the South Island once a year. To find out more about this, visit the Ngāi Tahu website.

Nei rā te mihi ki a koutou katoa!

Nā Teariki rāua ko Nate

– By Teariki Tuiono and Nathan Riki