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Say Whatukura

 

Whatukura is the name of the central atrium in the Ernest Rutherford building, which is the home of Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science. It is linked to the Ngāi Tahu narrative about Tāwhaki who ascended the heavens in the pursuit of knowledge. Whatukura is a term used to describe sacred stones that represent ancestral knowledge used in ceremonial practices by tohunga (experts). It is also used to describe the wise council of tohunga who reside in the topmost heaven.

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Say Matariki

The rising of Matariki around mid-winter marks the start of a New Year, a time when crops were harvested, and seafood and birds that had been collected were stored away.

This ecological shift in season marks the new year – a time to celebrate new life and new beginnings.

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Say Haere-roa

Haere-roa is the name given to UCSA for their building, which is the vibrant heart for our UC student experience. Haere-roa is also the name of the stream that flows through UC’s campus. It reflects the importance of sustenance and manaakitanga of ancestors who would travel from Kaiapoi to Rāpaki. It’s a place to contemplate, replenish and prepare for the next part of the journey.

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