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Celebrating Fresh Thinking: 2nd Professorial Lecture event

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contr170627-IanWright UC 16-0326-45ibution to academe made by Professor Jeanette King in the second of this year’s Professorial Lecture Series,

Date:               Thursday, 3 August 2017
Time:              4.30pm – 6.00pm
Foyer, Te Ao Marama Building

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend these lectures, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with. 

Te Reo Māori: The Art of Resilience
presented by Professor Jeanette King170713-Jeanette King
The initiatives to revitalise the Māori language continue to be a beacon of inspiration for endangered indigenous languages worldwide. What is it about te reo, its speakers and its situation that help to support and maintain language revitalisation? This lecture describes a range of factors: from the orthography, through to the Treaty of Waitangi, to aspects of Māori cultural practice.

The presentation also highlights some of the new initiatives and strategies being implemented around the country, along with future strategic goals. The lecture concludes with an outline of new courses, programmes of study and initiatives which Aotahi are developing to support the continued vibrancy of te reo Māori, the first language of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Tumu Tuarua Rangahau

See dates of future Professorial Lectures for 2017

Why do we care about te reo Māori here at UC?

Kia ora aku hoa mahi o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha. Nei rā te mihi ki a koutou i Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

UC cares about te reo Māori. Why? It is one signal of our commitment to bicultural competence and confidence. UC is committed to our students being biculturally competent and confident when they graduate, and each of us has a role in making that happen.

One way in which each of us can support UC is by taking care with our pronunciation of te reo Māori. It is respectful to take care when saying the names of our students and colleagues (no matter what their heritage). This isn’t always easy! The Office of the AVC Māori will provide you with help with Māori names. The first points of contact are the Kaiārahi Māori for your college or Service Unit, the Learning and Development half-day courses  Te Reo Māori for the Workplace, and the sound files of names at UC, which can be found here: Māori names at UC. These files enable you to practise on your own.

Improving your pronunciation of a new language after puberty is a challenge. Most adults retain an accent from their first language, but with effort and practice and frequent attempts to improve, accents can be minimised. One of my Māori language students in the 1980s said something that has always stuck with me. His words were something like this: “Learning a language well requires you to lower your cultural ego barriers.” Thank you Thana na Nagara for these wise words.

Matariki 2016

One of the most significant events in the Māori calendar is Matariki, the indigenous New Year.

Matariki can be translated in two ways – Mata Riki (Tiny Eyes) and Mata Ariki (eyes of God). The Matariki star cluster can be seen from all parts of the world and is commonly known as Pleiades. This star cluster disappears below the horizon in April and reappears in the north-eastern pre-dawn sky in late May or early June, marking the start of a new year. Celebrations most often occur at the next new moon after Matariki has risen.

Mr Rakihia Tau, the late Upoko of Ngāi Tūāhūriri, spoke to Mr Richard Liddicoat of the Christchurch City Council in July 2008 about the significance of Matariki, from a southern Māori historical perspective as well as whānau and personal perspectives.

This kōrero was recorded and is able to be read and listened to via this link. This korero is an exceptional explanation of the importance of Matariki as the start of a new year; noting the changes in the natural world, particularly the changes noted by food gatherers and hunters. It is the time for planning the next year’s activities; a time for wānanga; a time for hui and strengthening of whānau and hapu social bonds.

Today Matariki means celebrating the unique place in which we live and giving respect to the whenua we live on. It is a special time to celebrate the customs, art and uniqueness of Māori culture. It is the coming together of whānau and friends and of sharing each other’s skills, achievements and history. There is storytelling, song and dance, carving and weaving, ancient ceremonies and passing on of knowledge and history. Throughout Matariki we learn about those who came before us: whakapapa, whānau, iwi – our history, our family, our ancestors.

Matariki signals growth. It’s a time of change, a time to prepare and a time of action. During Matariki we acknowledge what we have and what we have to give. Matariki celebrates the diversity of life. It’s a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.

Celebrations in Ōtautahi Christchurch include:
Whānau Fun Day at Rehua Marae 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Maahunui II.

The new wharenui at Tuahiwi which the late RakihiaTau was instrumental in creating. 


Hui Whakahōnore, April 2016

In April, a successful and enjoyable Hui Whakahōnore was held to celebrate our Māori graduates.

Fifteen graduates crossed the stage of the Jack Mann Theatre to receive their tohu. This year all Colleges were represented by Pro Vice-Chancellors or Deans and many heads of schools also attended.

It was marvelous for our ākonga to have this support as well as that of whānau. This is always a moving ceremony, as both graduates and whānau have the opportunity to reflect on their journey in tertiary education – a journey which is also a journey for whānau and one which often leads family members to consider and begin tertiary study.

This year, Emma Maurice, Tumuaki, Te Akatoki Māori Students Association, suggested a change to the conclusion of the celebration with the provision of a more formal lunch.  As a result of this proposal, kai was provided at the UCSA Event Centre, which was a wonderful opportunity for informal kōrero as well as speeches.  There has been a lot of feedback on how enjoyable the entire celebration was and how much people appreciated the manaaki provided.

Congratulations to our Māori graduates

Maori Graduation Celebrations, Jack Mann Theatre and Foundry, 20.4.16 Special guest Tiki Taane, musician.

Kurt James McLauchlan
Ngāti Raukawa
Master of Arts Major: Political Science

Jeffery James Franklin
Ngāi Tahu
Master of Business Administration

Angus Richard Hawke
Ngāi Tahu
Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Human Resource Management

Canning Hoani Mason
Ngāti Awa, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tai
Bachelor of Engineering with Second Class Honours (Division One) in Mechanical Engineering

Chanté Maata Botica
Ngāi Tahu
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Eremia David James Tapsell
Te Arawa
Bachelor of Engineering with Second Class Honours (Division One) in Civil Engineering

Emma Frances Maurice
Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Māori and Indigenous Studies

Forest Valentine Taane Morton
Ngāti Maniapoto
Bachelor of Laws

Jesney Rebekah Te Puke-Cowperthwaite
Bachelor of Laws

Sione Areli
Ngāti Mutunga
Bachelor of Arts: History/Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) with Distinction

Shannan Te Roma Hauraki
Ngāti Haua
Bachelor of Science in Geology (endorsed in Environmental Science)

Rachel Elinor Robilliard
Ngāi Tahu
Bachelor of Science in Geography (endorsed in Environmental Science)

Rachel Mereana Panapa
Ngapuhi, Ngāti Whatua, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Tainui
Bachelor of Sports Coaching (endorsed in He Oranga Tangata (Maori Health and Wellbeing)

Uenuku-mai-Rarotonga Warena White
Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa, Te Āti awa, Ngāti Tama, Ngati Maniapoto
Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori & Maori and Indigenous Studies

James Colin Perry
Te Arawa
Doctor of Philosophy

Laken Matekohe Karaki Wairau
Ngāi Tahu, Rongomaiwahine, Tapuika and Waitaha
Te Pourua Reo: Diploma in Languages (Te Reo Māori)

Caitlin Ellen Waghorn
Ngāi Tahu / Kai Tahu
Bachelor of Commerce

Photos from Hui Whakahōnore

Maori Graduation Celebrations, Jack Mann Theatre and Foundry, 20.4.16 Special guest Tiki Taane, musician.

Maori Graduation Celebrations, Jack Mann Theatre and Foundry, 20.4.16 Special guest Tiki Taane, musician.

Maori Graduation Celebrations, Jack Mann Theatre and Foundry, 20.4.16 Special guest Tiki Taane, musician.

Maori Graduation Celebrations, Jack Mann Theatre and Foundry, 20.4.16 Special guest Tiki Taane, musician.

Maori Graduation Celebrations, Jack Mann Theatre and Foundry, 20.4.16 Special guest Tiki Taane, musician.