Category Archives: Māori

Matariki 25 – 29 June

Matariki, Māori New Year takes place 25 – 29 June. It is a time to celebrate new life and new beginnings, remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. It is a time to spend with whānau and friends, and enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka.

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars that rises around mid-winter. It is when crops were harvested and seafood, birds and crops were preserved for winter.

There are a number of community events taking place during Matariki, see what’s on in Christchurch here>

Renowned academic made colossal contributions to the Māori world

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha acknowledges the loss of Te Wharehuia Milroy, a bastion of te reo Māori and a beacon for the people of Tūhoe.

Professor Milroy had connections with tertiary institutions across Aotearoa, and around the world.

Some of UC’s lecturing staff had been influenced by Professor Milroy’s teachings in Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo (The National Institute of Māori Language), which was highlighted in a recent UC Māori Research Hui presentation by senior lecturer Dr Matiu Ratima.

As he prepared to attend the tangihanga at Mataatua Marae in Rotorua, UC Professor of Māori Research, Dr Angus Macfarlane stated, “Wharehuia Milroy’s work had enormous reach given he was a māngai (spokesperson) and an authority of all things Māori.”

Wharehuia Milroy was a Professor at the University of Waikato, a trustee of the Kōhanga Reo National Trust, and a member of Te Taura Whiri, the Māori Language Commission in addition to serving as a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.

He Mihi ki te Rangatira

Kua hinga te totara o te wā nui ā Tane
A giant tree has fallen in the great forest of Tane

E te rangatira, Te Wharehuia, e noho mokemoke mātou i raro i te kapua pouri
We salute you Te Wharehiuia, as we assemble beneath a dark cloud

Nā tōu wehenga kua pōhara te ao Māori
Your passing has the Māori world in a state of bereftess

Kua ea ai tō rahi tō ihi, tē taea te wareware
Your great contributions will not be forgotten

Nā reirā, takoto mai
Rest now, in the eternal sleep

First Nations’ Futures Programme Scholarships Open Now!

The First Nations’ Futures Programme provides an unique opportunity for aspiring Ngāi Tahu leaders and other Māori postgraduate students to gain access to leading international research and thinking within a specifically indigenous context.

The First Nations’ Futures Programme is held at Stanford University for two weeks in October/November.

Stanford University Grounds

Applications are also invited from Ngāi Tahu and other Māori undergraduate students who are close to completion of their degree and who intend to apply for postgraduate study in 2019-2020.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 31 May, 2019.

Submitting your application:

  1. Download the 2019 FNFP Application Form and Guidelines from the website here>
  2. Email the completed application form with a copy of your CV and relevant supporting documentation to: and cc
  3. Applications must be received by Friday 31 May 2019

For more information refer to the website or email

An inclusive, safe and welcoming culture. Whiria te Taura Tangata #15

Kia ora koutou

I’ve been thinking a lot about inclusiveness over the last few months and the events of the 15 March have increased my desire to support UC as a welcoming and inclusive community.  This means our working and learning culture is one where we all feel safe, respected and comfortable to be ourselves. A place where we can share our sense of belonging.

From an Organisational Culture perspective, three of the constructive (blue) cluster of styles directly talk to this:

  • Self-Actualising: people should feel comfortable to be themselves at work,
  • Humanistic-Encouraging: people are expected to be supportive of each other, and
  • Affiliative: people are encouraged to place a high priority on constructive interpersonal relationships and to be friendly, open and sensitive to the needs of others.

There are many opportunities for us to continue building UC into an inclusive environment. Here are some links I know of:

I know there are lots of people doing heaps of great work in this space so feel free to add a comment about initiatives you are involved in or aware of.

Support – take care of yourself and others

  • Self-care events to be held at the end of April – look out for the special events we’ll be promoting very soon
  • Staff Support
  • Student Support

Find out more

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes), 

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager


Ngāi Tūāhuriri and UC formalise longstanding relationship

Ngāi Tūāhuriri and University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha will sign a partnership agreement on Saturday 2 March at Tuahiwi marae to formalise and extend the longstanding relationships between the hapū, including the relationship with Te Rūnanga of Ngāi Tahu, and the University of Canterbury |Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha. 

The agreement, which outlines the principles and mechanisms for working together into the future, is consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles. This includes supporting the use of te reo and tikanga Māori at UC, and supporting Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu students and aspirations for Ngāi Tahu development in the Canterbury region and beyond.

“Ngāi Tahu takes academic achievement in all disciplines seriously. We are excited about this partnership because it will help contribute to the relevance of the University to the regional economy and to Māori,” Gabrielle Huria, Ngāi Tūāhuriri Representative said.

UC Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack said: “This is a journey UC began a long time ago in developing a greater understanding of cultural inclusiveness and the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi in action.”