Category Archives: Māori

2019 Graham Nuthall lecture – Professor Angus Macfarlane

The 2019 Graham Nuthall Lecture attracted a full house of 350 educators, academics and community members to listen to Angus Hikairo Macfarlane (Ngāti Whakāue), Professor of Māori Research at UC, Director of the UC Māori Research Laboratory (Te Rū Rangahau) and Co-Director of the UC Child Wellbeing Institute.

Letitia Fickel, Angus MacFarlane, Sue McCormack, Cheryl de la Rey and Misty Sato. 

Professor Macfarlane’s topic, drawn from many years of exploring Indigenous and sociocultural imperatives that influence education and psychology, was Restlessness, Resoluteness, and Reason: the evolving passage of culturally responsive pedagogies.
The ‘braided rivers’ (He Awa Whiria) approach informed Professor Macfarlane’s lecture. “This approach draws from Indigenous streams of knowledge, combining these with appropriate Western scientific viewpoints – to inform the professional practice of teachers”. As the first Māori presenter of this acclaimed event, Professor Macfarlane acknowledged the pillars of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi – asking how do we educate as partners, how do we reach out to Māori learners and their whānau to become authentic participants within the system, and in what ways do educators protect the mana of māturanga Māori, Indigenous knowledge? Professor Macfarlane regularly referred to the pioneering research of Graham Nuthall to complement his own work.

The Macfarlane family

Jill-Nuthall, Letitia-Fickel, Angus-MacFarlane and Te-hurinui-Clarke. 

Professor Nuthall was one of UC’s most esteemed academics and this annual lecture hosted by the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai me te Hauora and UC, contributes to inform the national education dialogue.
Watch the full 2019 lecture here.

Diversity Fest 2019 starts Monday


Diversity Fest (9 September – 11 October) is an opportunity for staff and students to celebrate UC’s diverse community, while exploring how we can further make this a place where we feel we all belong.

There’s a range of events and activities you can get involved in over the next five weeks – see Diversity Fest events here>

Diversity Fest kicks off next week with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week – find out more here.

On Wednesday 11 September check out the International Fashion Showcase, hosted by the University of Canterbury Global Society and UCSA. There’ll be traditional and modern cultural pieces on the runway as well as cultural performances, music, dance and art. Find out more and get your tickets here

He waka eke noa. A canoe on which everyone may embark. 

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019 Maori Language Week at the UC RECCENTRE

To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019 Maori Language Week at the UC RecCentre for 9 – 15 September, we’ve got some neat stuff for you to try.

Try a FREE Spin Class taught entirely in Te Reo. Join Huhana-Suzanne Carter on Wednesday 11 September at 10.30am, for a special Spin class, taught entirely in Te Reo. This class is open to anyone who’d like to try it, whether you’re a member of the RecCentre or not. No fees, just bring your staff or student ID and sign in at the gate.

Free Stuff for the WHOLE WEEK!
Need a towel? No sweat! Would you like to spin for free? Excellent. Just ask for either of these in Māori, and we’ll loan it to you absolutely free. Both offers valid all week, and all attempts rewarded.

He tāora mōku – Can I have a towel please?  Watch a video
He pāhi eke pahikara māku – Can I have a spin token please?  Watch a video

Head to our UC Rec&Sport youtube page (or use the direct links above) and hear Stacey Niao, one of our awesome team members, speak the questions in Te Reo.

Kia pai tō wiki!
UC Rec&Sport

Workshop – Success for Māori in tertiary education

Ako Aotearoa have organised a Christchurch based workshop:
Kia eke ki te taumata – Success for Māori in Tertiary Education

This akomanga workshop is designed for all educators (Māori and non- Māori) who work with Māori learners.

Through reflection, discussion and practical activities, participants will make connections to their own teaching context and explore some of the key findings from studies that investigated:

  • enhancing success rates for Māori learners
  • teaching with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • understanding Māori learners
  • implementing Kaupapa Māori.

The workshop facilitator will tailor the akomanga to ensure that it meets the needs of participants.

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.