Ka mau te wehi! A record number of taiohi Māori from schools across Ōtautahi Christchurch took part in hands on science experiments, tested their understanding of the Law and engaged with Colleges at UC as part of an interactive day designed to inspire students to further their study.
Led by Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity, the annual Aukaha Tau 10 event provided a welcoming, fun and supportive environment for over 170 taiohi Māori to start thinking about their future after school and explore their study options at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury.
The name ‘Aukaha’ is taken from a Kāi Tahu whakataukī ‘Aukaha ana tō waka’ meaning ‘strengthen the lashings of your own waka’- in this context this whakatauki is a metaphor for taiohi to prepare themselves for the journey ahead, readying themselves for future tertiary study.
The day started with a mihi whakatau, and taiohi Māori then took part in a number of interactive, educational sessions on different subject areas taught at UC. College Advisors were on hand to provide information and advice about courses options and career pathways. Taiohi Māori were guided through the day by tuākana mentors, current ākonga Māori, who offered a warm welcome and shared their own experience of life on campus.
Aukaha Tau 10 is the first-step in a series of kaupapa to engage with secondary school taiohi, making connections between the learning and opportunities available to them at UC. Whakawhanaungatanga is key in Aukaha for connecting taiohi with UC communities and facilities on campus.
See some photos from the day here:
Professor Jeanette King opened Te Wiki o Te Reo at UC on Monday 14 September (her words were read by Dr Abby Suzko) with a call to all to upskill in te reo:
Mēnā he tauiwi koe, he maha ngā hua o te ako, me te kōrero i te reo Māori
For those who aren’t Māori, there are many benefits to learning and speaking te reo
Engari ko te hua nui rawa atu ki ahau ko te hono ki te reo o ngā tāngata whenua o tēnei whenua
But I think the most important reason is being able to connect with the original inhabitants of our country
Kia kī koe he tangata tūturu o tēnei whenua
So you can say that you are properly living in this country
Kia mōhio pai koe ki ngā tikanga me ngā āhuatanga o te iwi Māori
So you can engage with the customs and other aspects of the Māori populace
Kia kī koe he tangata tiriti koe
So you can call yourself a ‘tangata tiriti’
Kia tū tātou katoa hei tāngata manaaki, tāngata atawhai i a tātou anō
So we can all be tolerant and caring to each other
Ki te ako koe i tētahi atu reo ka hurihia ngā āhuatanga o tō roro
Learning another language rewires your brain
Ki te whakawhānui i ō whakaaro me tō māramatanga
To broaden your thinking and understanding
Nō reira, kei te reo te wairua me ngā tikanga o te ao Māori
As a result, Māori language is the door to the Māori way of thinking and being
Kia tū pai koe hei tangata nō Aotearoa
So you can stand proudly as an inhabitant of Aotearoa
Today marks the start of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week (14-19 Rima | September)! Get involved in the abundance of great activities on offer at UC to celebrate over the week.
Activities begin at 12pm today with the Whakatuwhera | Opening of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori in Te Puna Mātauraka | Central Library, Puaka-James Hight.
There is also a chance to join the Te Reo Māori Moment at 12pm on Monday 14 September, and have a conversation in Te Reo! Find out more here>
Have a look at everything going on at UC over the week, click here>
Keen to make your kawhe (coffee) order in te reo? Here’s a guideline to get you started:
People across Aotearoa will come together at 12pm on Monday 14 September to speak, sing or play te reo Māori. Join this historic moment and celebrate te reo at UC!
You can get involved in any way you like – this could be saying “kia ora” to a colleague or student, starting a lecture with a karakia, or teaching yourself a new saying. Use the resources provided by UC Māori to help you get started (available here).
Māori Language Moment marks the start of Te Wiki o te reo Māori, and there are lots of events and activities coming up on campus. Have a look at the timetable for activities around UC here.