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: