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Professional development – putting the AU back into whakawhanAUngatanga

John Kapa, Kapoipoi, Student Development Advisor Māori  explains the significance of putting the AU back into whakawhanAUngatanga, including an opportunity for professional development. 

Putting the AU back into whakawhanAUngatanga – Wednesday 14 November, 1.30pm-3.30pm

This is a workshop co-ordinated by the Professional Learning Community of in-house trainers.
Places are limited – if you would like to attend, please contact the Learning & Development team requesting an invitation (with the location) to be sent to you.

Relationships are important. The idea of AU (I) is more than being individualistic, rather it is also the strength of connection and working as a collective found in whakawhanAUngatanga. Whakawhanaungatanga is the act of and is the process of establishing links, making connections and relating to the people one meets by identifying in culturally appropriate ways, whakapapa linkages, past heritages, points of engagement, or other relationships.

In a metaphoric sense, Mead (2003) asserts that whanaungatanga reaches beyond actual whakapapa relationships and includes relationships to people who are not kin but who, through shared experiences, feel and act as kin.

Exploring this further, this session looks at your self-identified attributes around whanaungatanga to identify touch points and how this could be applied positively at work with peers or with ākonga (students) for example. This will be undertaken through exercises and pūrakau (stories).

 


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Whakanuia Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018

E ngā manu taki, e ngā manu tāiko o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, tēnā koutou.

Kua takoto anō tēnei mānuka ki a tātou i tēnei wiki, e Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – nau mai, tauti mai! Ka hiki tātou i tēnei wero kia rere te reo ki ngā kokonga katoa o tēnei whare wānanga. Nā reira e te whānau whānui o UC, hīkina te mānuka, tukua te reo Māori kia hāro ki tōna keokeonga!  Karawhiua!

Greetings to everyone here at UC.

Māori Language Week is back and so too is the opportunity for us all to use, embrace and value te reo Māori in all that we do.  Over this next week I am encouraging all of you to welcome this challenge by getting involved and participating in some of the great reo Māori events and initiatives which will be taking place here on campus. Take up the challenge and support the use of te reo Māori so that it will soar across all areas of our university!  Go for it!

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha will celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, from 11  to 16 Rima (September). The theme this year is Kia kaha te reo Māori , let the Māori language be strong. This supports the intent of the new partnerships for te reo Māori revitalisation between the Crown and Māori under the new Māori Language Act 2016.  Read the programme here>

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is one week of our  year where we can show how we support and value the Māori language here at UC by using the reo we have while supporting others to do the same.  Don’t be shy – get involved and make the most of the range of reo Māori activities and events happening across our campus this week – kia kaha te reo Māori!

Beyond Te Wiki o te Reo Māori there are many other ways that you can further develop your Māori language skills and deepen your bicultural competence and confidence here at UC, by enrolling to complete a Te Reo Māori course at Aotahi or registering to take part in the Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora and Te Reo Māori for the Workplace workshops. 

Whilst Te Wiki o te Reo Māori provides us with the opportunity to support the value of the Māori language in everything we do, the challenge for us all is to continue using what we have – everyday – on an ongoing basis.

E hoa mā – whakawahā te riri!
Ngā mihi o te wā

 

Problem Solving Circles – Whiria te Taura Tangata – update #8

Kia ora koutou! Our next seminar on organisational culture leadership is nearly upon us. This year seems to be flying by so I hope you are able to take the time to attend one of the four Blue CLUES options coming up.

UC Leaders will have received their invitations to this event.

The culture development activities we are undergoing as part of making the changes we have said we want are focusing on three levels – organisational, group/team and individual. 

Problem Solving Circles focus at the group level and can be used with intact teams or with people who come together for a specific or even one-off purpose. For example – when initiating something new or examining an opportunity or problem (research groups, project teams) or when debriefing (root-cause analysis or critical incident debrief team). They can be used to examine an issue or a topic over a period of time but are also helpful when a quick decision is needed.

In groups we often jump to an early solution. We frequently  don’t properly define the issue. We may not listen to everyone’s opinions. Problem Solving Circles are a series of tools wrapped into one process to help us overcome these situations. They support constructive behaviours within the group.

We invite work areas to consider hosting a Blue CLUES. This will involve opening the session and giving us a look into your culture journey. We’ll help with the content of the session and do all the admin. Your HR Advisors will approach you about taking a turn.

Thanks to the College of Education, Health and Human Development for hosting the upcoming seminar.

August Blue CLUES: Problem Solving Circles

As Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Education, Health and Human Development I’m delighted the College will be hosting our next Whiria Te Taura Tangata – Blues Clues – with a focus on Problem Solving Circles. There will be four workshops scheduled at different times to help staff find one to fit their schedule.

Each workshop will be opened by a different leader from our College who will reflect on their experience of problem solving in the context of leading change in their School or unit. We hope that these workshops will provide leaders from across UC an opportunity to come together and reflect on how we solve problems at the moment, and how this particular methodology could help us improve our constructive engagement across teams and units.

From my perspective and experience of using this tool at UC, I’ve appreciated how straightforward using the Problem Solving Circles method actually is. I’ve found the process can support a team or group to collaboratively arrive at a better quality outcome – without the need for expert facilitation or individual skill development.   Letitia

Professor Letitia Hochstrasser Fickel, Ed.D,
Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor | Amorangi Taupua, College of Education, Health & Human Development |Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora.

Finding Out More

I write this from home following foot surgery and I will miss the first couple of Blue CLUES. I leave you in the very capable hands of the College of Education, Health and Human Development and my colleagues. Ngā mihi mō tō manaakitanga mai,  Karen Mather.

Whiria te Taura Tangata – Weave the Rope of People – UC’s Organisational Culture Transformation – update #7

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa (warm greetings to you all)

Gift of te reo Māori name: Whiria te Taura Tangata – Weave the Rope of People
At the two Blue CLUES sessions held in June, the name that has been gifted to UC’s Organisational Culture Programme was bestowed.

Liz Brown, Kaiārahi Matua, and Darryn Russell, Amokapua Māori revealed the name and explained the concept behind it. Whiria te Taura Tangata – Weave the Rope of People refers to the way the strength of an individual flax strand is greatly enhanced when it is woven together with others to produce a strong cord. In a similar fashion, we achieve more, and are more successful in our endeavours when we have strong, collaborative relationships.

You can find out all about it on the Whiria te Taura Tangata page including a video of Liz,  videos showing the muka extraction and twisting, sound bites for correct pronunciation, and a little history. You will also find access to the graphics for use in your own presentations. Please share with colleagues.

Blue CLUES #2 – June
The resources (videos, handouts, photos of the flipcharts produced) are now all available on the Blue CLUES website.

Thanks to all who participated and to those staff who presented at the beginning of each session – Associate Professor Catherine Reid (Geological Sciences), Professor Angus McIntosh (Biological Sciences) and Jayne Austin (Events) at the first session, with John Todd (ITS), Denise Hall (SSAC), Associate Professor Annelies Kamp (Educational Studies and Leadership) and Tim Stedman (Library) at the second. Your reflections and positive stories started the sessions on a high note.

Great Podcasts!

A series of weekly Human Synergistics Podcasts provide a great opportunity for learning more about culture focussing on individual, team and organisational levels. Titles include “Myth Busters: If I am not Aggressive then I have to be Passive”; “My Manager is resisting culture change”; “How to spot a Constructive applicant” and many more. They may be helpful for a team session or to build your own understanding. The podcasts are usually 20 mins long and there is also a written summary. You can find them on the Human Synergistics Culture Insights Blog.

Finding Out More

Mā te wā
Noho ora mai

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager