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Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a visual history

Ako Aotearoa are hosting a face to face workshop in Chrsitchurch titled “Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a visual history”.

Event Details
11 March, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond, Christchurch
Costs: $195 +GST (includes booking fee)

This professional development workshop offers a brief visual history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for those who have not previously attended a Te Tiriti workshop. The workshop content covers several aspects of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand: the historical context before Te Tiriti; the Articles and signing of Te Tiriti itself; events after Te Tiriti; Te Tiriti today; and what Te Tiriti means for tertiary practitioners and educators.

More information can be found on the Ako Aotearoa website

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Find out more at Teaching Month

What is cultural competence? Does it apply to your work?! 

Do you understand how to apply it to your teaching?

Are you familiar with the Te Rautaki Whakawhanake Kaupapa Māori: Strategy for Māori Development? And how does this inform your practice? 

Take this opportunity to upskill and help to embed cultural competence at UC at this Teaching Month workshop. 

The purpose of this programme is to provide an opportunity for academic staff to further grow, develop, and thus contribute to “Te Rautaki Whakawhanake Kaupapa Māori: Strategy for Māori Development” (the Mission of which states that UC will be a vibrant contributor to indigenous knowledge economies).

More information and how to enrol here> 


Watch and share the Cultural Narrative Video

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The Cultural Narrative is about how we reflect our distinct place and space at the University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha in Ōtautahi Christchurch, and we now have a video> that underpins that narrative, and depicts the different ways we are doing that in our environment.

Over time, the narrative has evolved to be more than just about our environment, and this video is a tool that could also be about where we are and how we teach – whether it be in engineering, student services, in geography, or liberal arts.

Our environs, our buildings, our flora, our fauna, our naming and our signage are all parts that help create our distinctiveness, and how do we do that in a way that reflects both the ideology of the University and also the mana of the Tūāhuriri, the people of this land, Ngāi Tahu of the south, and Māori as part of a global community.

The Cultural Narrative is about the University. It is owned by the Senior Management Team, reflecting the leadership of the University, and is led by the UC Council who want to be seen as an institute that reflects this community. That leadership is partnered with Colleges, with service divisions and ultimately, the staff and students of UC.

This video encapsulates and embodies some of the aspirations of the University in this space. It is to be a useful and functional tool, for all of us, in terms of how we approach our understanding around this narrative and its application at the University.

The endeavours behind it are about creating physical and emotional markers that provide our graduates with a connection to place, and a connection to UC’s aspiration for their bi-cultural competence and confidence.

Thank you for sharing with us and we look forward to your continued engagement as the story unfolds. This is where we are now, a long way from where we have come, and a long way from where we will be in five years.

For an .mp4 copy of the video, please contact ripeka.hurunui@canterbury.ac.nz

Nāhaku noa, nā

Darryn Russell
Kaihautu Matua (Taupua)
Executive Director (Acting)
Te Ratonga Rauemi Ako
Learning Resources 


Incorporate Māori Pedagogy in your teaching

Are you an academic staff member who is seeking to learn about Māori Pedagogy and how to incorporate it into your teaching?

Then we have the course for you!

We have a brand new staff development course called Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, which is aimed at getting you to reflect on your own practices and identify opportunities where you can embed it into your teaching. It will also look at the theory behind our current education system in comparison to  pedagogy.

What a previous participant thought…

“This was an excellent workshop, with a really good balance of concrete strategies and theoretical ‘big picture’ discussion. Lots of interaction and opportunities to share ideas with colleagues.”

Find out more about Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and enrol now so you don’t miss out!

When: September 26 2017
Time: 9am – 12.30pm.

Registrations are closing soon so please let us know of your interest so we can hold a place for you.
(Note, this workshop is for staff only.)

Not the course that you are looking for? Please visit our Learning and Development intranet page to view our courses/workshops and programmes or if you have any questions contact Learning & Development.

What does tangata tū, tangata ora’ mean for historians?

Katie Pickles, editor of History Making a Difference: New Approaches from Aotearoa, writes:

What is meant by the UC vision of ‘people prepared to make a difference – tangata tū, tangata ora’? A new publication engages with what the vision means for historians.

History Making a Difference is a collection of essays showcasing new approaches in researching and writing history from Aotearoa. The volume emerged out of Canterbury’s post-quake environment, where historians have found ourselves working in new ways. In particular, collaboration and community engagement have become common. These connections were there before 2010, but out of adversity we’ve needed to think harder, to be more daring, and to put in extra effort. The result is more work across previous boundaries – whether public, academic, or along race, class or gender divisions.

It was in this climate that UC’s History Department hosted the New Zealand Historical Association (NZHA) executive during 2014 and 2015, with an executive made up of members from Canterbury Museum, Lincoln University and UC. The December 2015 biennial New Zealand Historical Association conference held at the College of Education Dovedale campus was the culmination of two big years of service.

Given our Cantabrian circumstances it was apt that the NZHA conference theme was ‘History Making a Difference’. We challenged participants to ask why care about the past? Why teach, research and write history? The new collection brings together a selection of the papers from the conference. Leading and emerging scholars, activists and those working in the public sector, archives and museums bring their expertise to provide timely direction and informed debate about the importance of history.

The essays traverse local, national and global knowledge to offer new approaches that consider the ability and potential for history to ‘make a difference’ in the early twenty-first century. Authors adopt a wide range of methodological approaches, including social, cultural, Māori, oral, race relations, religious, public, political, economic, visual and material history. The chapters engage with work in postcolonial and cultural studies.

The volume is divided into three sections that address the themes of challenging power and privilege, the co-production of historical knowledge and public and material histories. Collectively, the potential for dialogue across previous sub-disciplinary and public, private and professional divides is pursued. Three of the conference keynote speakers, Ani Mikaere, Paul Ward and Kate Darian-Smith, have chapters that lead off each of the three sections.

The editorial collective was led by Katie Pickles (History) with members Lyndon Fraser (Sociology and Anthropology), Marguerite Hill and Sarah Murray (Canterbury Museum) and Greg Ryan (Lincoln University).

170816_history-making-a-difference_300The book’s cover features art by UC Fine Arts graduate Tess Sheerin, who studied Christchurch history as a part of her degree.  Other contributors with a direct UC connection are Te Maire Tau, Martin Fisher, Safua Akeli, Peter Lineham, Nadia Gush, Rosemary Baird, and Joanna Cobley. The other authors are Margaret Pointer, Elizabeth Pente, Mark Smith, Catharine Coleborne, John Armstrong, Jane McCabe, Fiona McKergow, and Kirstie Ross.

We look forward to on-going conversations, building on our strengths from the past, and making new history in new times.

History Making a Difference: New Approaches from Aotearoa, edited by Katie Pickles, Lyndon Fraser, Marguerite Hill, Sarah Murray and Greg Ryan. Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2017.