Category Archives: Pasifika

Te Waka Pākākano – new name for Office of the AVC Māori, Pacific & Equity

We are pleased to announce the name of the Māori, Pacific and Equity portfolio, led by Dr Darryn Russell.  Formerly known as the Office of the AVC Māori it now includes a focus on Māori, peoples of the Pacific and equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

The new names for the unit, and for the AVC position are:

Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity

Te Amokapua Pākākano | Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity

The narrative of the names is important.  Te Waka Pākākano is a seed carrying vessel; this reference is taken from a Ngāi Tahu ngeri, a chant for launching a waka or canoe, Terea te Waka, that tells of the voyage of the waka Uruao from its ancestral homelands to Te Waipounamu.  It refers to the dispersal of peoples through the Pacific, and by extension to all those who have come to make their home here in Te Waipounamu.

It also references the whakataukī: “E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangi-ātea”; I will never disappear, a seed dispersed from Rangi-ātea, which honours the diverse origins of the members of the UC community, and our resilience to thrive.

The title for the role of AVC Māori, Pacific and Equity, Te Amokapua Pākākano, is based on the name of the unit.  At UC the term ‘amokapua’ is given to those leaders with the title Assistant Vice-Chancellor.

Learning from lockdown – the voices of parents of Māori and Pasifika students

What can we learn from this period of school closures? Authors of the report School-led learning at home: The voices of parents of Maori and Pasifika students, Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch, Tufulasi Taleni and Ally Bull, will discuss the value of parent voice and some of the key findings of their recent research in an upcoming webinar for teachers.

The panel of speakers will discuss how school-led learning at home is conceptualised and the experiences of Māori and Pasifika families over the period of school closures. They also will consider what we can learn from the past weeks about the value of home-school partnerships and what this means for schools moving forward.

Please join us for this informative and interactive webinar for teachers. As usual, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

When: 7:30pm , Thursday 14 May 2020
Where: Register online through the Education Hub website: https://theeducationhub.org.nz/schools-webinar-learning-from-lockdown-the-voices-of-parents-of-maori-and-pasifika-students/
For more information:

Tufulasi Taleni
Kaiarahi Pasifika
College of Education, Health and Human Development
tufulasi.taleni@canterbury.ac.nz

 

UC Pasifika Welcome Day 2020

Warmest Pasifika Greetings,

The University of Canterbury would like to invite you to join us for our UC Pasifika Welcome Day 2020. Pasifika Welcome Day is for all Pasifika students, family, friends and community. It is a great opportunity for our UC staff to meet our Pasifika community and celebrate the start of the New Year.

What                     UC Pasifika Welcome Day

Date                      Saturday 22 February 2020

Time                      11.00am-2.00pm

Where                  UC Central Lecture Theatres

“Language loss and revitalisation” Association of Commonwealth Universities newsletter

The ACU Review is now available online, celebrating and showcasing the remarkable work of universities across the Commonwealth and their contribution to the world around them.

Our first issue focuses on endangered languages and how ACU members are working with indigenous communities to protect and preserve our planet’s linguistic diversity. Read the first issue here.

We’d love to hear your feedback! Write to us at review@acu.ac.uk