In the lead up to International Women’s Day, Aotahi School of Maori & Indigenous Studies hosted a panel discussion on ‘Indigenous Women in Leadership’.
The panelists were:
Sacha McMeeking, Aotahi School of Māori & Indigenous Studies, UC
Hana Skerrett-White, Tumuaki, Te Aka Toki, University of Canterbury Māori Students Association
Arihia Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
The forum was part of a series of events hosted by the Human Rights Commission, leading up to the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
We share here some of the points from Hana’s talk.
Hana began her discussion with a quote from late Tuaiwa Rickard who was a very strong Māori women leader and activist in her time: “Somewhere in my past is my destiny”.
Hana then unmasked some of the leadership qualities that her tīpuna embodied and how these qualities have been intergenerationally transmitted.
She also explained Rangatiratanga (which translates as leadership), ranga= to weave, tira=a group and tangata means people.
ie: To weave together a group of people. This gives us insight to a Māori view on leadership.
Other points covered included:
Leadership is about serving our people, being engaged in community, at the whānau level.
Iti te kupu nui te kōrero. Humility (whakaiti) is an intergral aspect of indigenous leadership.
Te Rangatiratanga o te reo: Māori language is central to the freedom thinking needed to dismantle colonial architecture, disrupt colonial rule and disturb colonial expansion.
Te reo karanga o te wahine. As the first voice to be heard on the marae, the voice of Māori women is one which can transcend the spiritual and physical realms.
SIGNAL – the ICT Grad School for the South Island – opened its doors to sites in Christchurch and Dunedin on 27 February.
After two years of collaboration, hard work and complex challenges SIGNAL director, Stuart Charters, says it’s no mean feat to bring five institutions together in pursuit of an IT education disruptor.
SIGNAL is a partnership between Ara Institute of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Otago Polytechnic, the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago.
“This is a New Zealand first. We were charged with building an ICT grad school where we all worked together. And we’ve done it; all institutions are collaborating across a selection of industry-driven programmes committed to building the IT workforce of the South Island.
And with more than 40 students already signed up for SIGNAL’s programmes, the effort has been worth it.
“SIGNAL as an entity is both agile and disruptive – it has to be to meet the very real and urgent needs of industry. But it also has the experience and teaching excellence of the five institutes behind it.
“And the timing of the ICT grad school couldn’t be better – businesses all over the south are challenged with how they keep up with tech which continues to gather speed.”
SIGNAL’s four keystone programmes cover the range of IT needs:
Educate for school teachers
Shift for those from other backgrounds wanting to move into the IT sector
Accelerate to supercharge recent grads’ skill set
Xtend, working with tech leaders to ensure businesses are future-proofed.
Dunedin’s SIGNAL site at 123 Vogel St is hosting its first cohort of Shift students from 27 February, Christchurch and Dunedin sites will host introduction Xtend and Accelerate workshops in March and Educate has its first boot camp at 181 High Street, Christchurch in April. SIGNAL will also offer short-form courses.
Enrolments are open for our second Shift cohort to start in Christchurch in June.
Dr Bike is back for 2017 and starts on Tuesday 28 February. Dr Bike is a free fix-it clinic for basic bike issues available to both staff and students, funded by the Sustainability Office. This service provides basic maintenance and repairs such as punctures repair, tuning brakes and oiling chains.
Olly Ng and Zac Porter are running Dr Bike on Tuesdays, 12-1 pm on C Block lawn during term time. For more information, check here.
We are excited that Dr Bike will be using eco-friendly bicycle lubricants, thanks to a two-year sponsorship from Christchurch-based company Biomaxa.
If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the draft UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022.