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Ngai Tauira Elections

KUA TAE te wā mā mātou ki te whiriwhiria i ētahi tāngata kia tū hei mangai i roto i te rōpū whakahaere o Ngai Tauira. Mēnā kei te hiahia koe ki te tū hei mangai mō Ngai Tauira, me matua mōhio koe i te Tiriti o Waitangi me te tikanga Māori. Mēnā kei a koe ētahi wā e wātea ana ki te tautoko i ngā kaupapa o Ngai tauira, me tū koe hei kaiawhina kia whawhai mō ngā take e hirahira ana ki ngā tauira Māori.

THE NGAI TAUIRA ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 26TH JULY AT TE HERENGA WAKA MARAE AT 5.00PM.

TUMUAKI:

MATARAHI SKIPPER

Taranaki, Te Atiawa Nui Tonu, Ngāti Maniapoto

MATA IS studying towards a Bachelor of Arts double major in Psychology and Theatre, which also includes Māori papers.

Mata is 29 years old Māori from Waitaha/Taranaki. Mata worked as a professional theatre practitioner with prisoners, and Māori youth in trouble. He now works as a bouncer in the city bars and nightclubs.

His interests include music and training for K1.

MARYJANE WARU

Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Kurī

KOINEI TE tau whakamutunga o tāku tohu ‘BA Hons’. Ā tēra tau, ka whai atu ahau i te tohu ‘MA’ (Masters of Art) me te tohu o te ture ‘LLB’ hoki ano. Ki a au nei, he māmā ake te mahi o te BA Hons ki te LLB. He aha ai? He maha ngā tuhingaroa, kore kau ngā whakamatautau.

Ko oku wawata mo ngā tauira Maori:

Kei te tino hiahia au ki te kite i ngā tauira Maori katoa
e whakakaha ana i te matauranga, aa, ka tu au ki te korero, ki te
tautoko tonu i nga tauira Maori katoa.
He tino whakatauki, he kiwaha ranei? ‘Hikoi te korero’

I am completing my 6th year at Victoria and intend studying for at least a further 3 years. I am currently finishing my BA (Hons), and next year I will pursue an MA and once again return back to my Law Degree. For me, my Honours has been easier for me to complete than my Law Degree. Why? Postgraduate assessments are based on essays rather than exams.

My dream and my vision is to see all Maori students develop in their learning and to continue representing and supporting Maori students. Regardless of whether I am elected or not I will continue the mahi for our tauira.

Good luck to all the other candidates!

TUMUAKI TUARUA (O TE MĀTAURANGA):

MICHELLE BARTLETT

Ngāti Porou, Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Raukawa

I AM a responsible person, who is continually striving to be conscientious and reliable. I take pride in my ability to be able to work with others, and in showing my initiative wherever possible. I will be well suited to this position because I am dedicated and I am continually thinking of others well-being.

I have become increasingly involved in the national side of student politics and am enjoying being the mangai for Ngai Tauira at Hui Kaiarahi and NZUSA. I enjoy fighting for the rights of tauira Māori as this has become a passion that I hope I can continue to do.

LUKE RIKITI

Te Arawa

I AM currently in my final stages of my BCA, majoring in Maori Business and International Business.

I am currently Tumuaki – Tane of Nga Taura Umanga and have been involved with the Maori and PI services at Pipitea over the last 12 months. My passion for encouraging Maori students at Victoria University stems from my own experiences over the years. Sometimes university life can be challenging, the pressure of passing papers, finding money for rent each week and putting kai on the table. These are all the experiences that help us through life, and sometimes you need a helping hand or a little push, and this is part of the reason why I am applying for this position. I will encourage and tautoko our fellow Maori students to gain confidence and earn degrees throughout there time at Victoria.

Secondly, We have both a holistic and learning approach different to that of the average European. Our uniqueness means that there needs to be programmes and learning sessions that we can relate to, and in a manner that is appropriate to Maori. We need to increase our pass rates, we need to increase our numbers at tertiary institutions, and we need to promote a well-being that fosters innovation and creativity.

My time at Victoria has enlightened me to the fact that you have to fight for what is right, and you have to fight to have a right.

I am a willing and capable candidate for this position and will look forward to running for this position in the near future.

CHARLES R ROPITINI

Ngāti Kahungunu

“Heretaunga Ararau, Heretaunga Haukunui, Karanga mai, Karanga mai.

Ngai Tauira
Re-invented
Re-presented
Re-created

I BELIEVE that these words best capture what I would like to bring to Ngai Tauira this year. I am ready to take a fresh look at the position of Ngai Tauira within the university and believe that we can only grow on the progress that has been made by this current executive. We all need to get on the same waka – to understand and then be understood.

MATTHEW GIFFORD

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Kuki Airani

THE ROLE of a University is crucial in shaping the future of the society in which it is immersed. An educated Māori society will ensure that our people have the best of opportunities to develop, grow, and secure the wellbeing of our culture for the many generations to follow. We have all followed many different paths that have lead us to university study, however we all share the same vision of acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to make our own unique contribution to the future of our society.

Ngai Tauira, and the new role of Tumuaki Tuarua Mātauranga in its capacity, will help to foster and nurture the education of Māori here at Victoria University. In the past year, I have worked on the executive of Ngāi Tauira and have embraced the many challenges we have been faced with. I am also the Māori student representative on the University Academic Board, a role I have held since March 2005. I am 20 years old and am in my third year of the BA/BTeach conjoint degrees in Music and Māori studies, and whole-heartedly support the kaupapa of Ngāi Tauira and all that it stands for.

MATARAHI SKIPPER

(See profile above)

TUMUAKI TUARUA (O TE HAUORA):

TE AIRA NYMAN

Ngā Ruahine, Te Whanau-a-Apanui

KIA ORA, my name is Te Aira, I am currently in my third year of study at Victoria, trying to finish, but I’ve got a long way to go. I am not currently on the Executive but I work hard for them because I believe in their kaupapa and what they are trying to achieve for Tauira Maori at this institute of learning.

This role of Tumuaki Tuarua mo nga take hauora will be the first time Ngai Tauira has had a position like this on their executive, and it is a sign that the Ngai Tauira Executive is trying to come up with new, effective ways of making sure the welfare of our tauira is always a priority. Working with Student Job Search, Student Hardship, VUWSA Food Bank and Te Herenga Waka Marae will be important in this job and also being available to talk to tauira about different issues concerning their welfare on and off campus.

I love doing this kind of mahi, but I feel the most important part of my job is to push in the executive the wants and needs of the tauira. We are elected by you, to represent you, and therefore what you ask of us is what we should be doing, I have seen in some situations with people trying to push their own agenda when that is not what a student association is about. I will try my best, I’m not a miracle worker and I’m not perfect, but I’ll do what I can.

MATTHEW GIFFORD

(See profile above)

CHARLES R ROPITINI

(See profile above)

MICHELLE BARTLETT

(See profile above)

MATARAHI SKIPPER

(See profile above)

KAITIAKI PŪTEA:

KARARAINA MCLEAN

Ngāti Porou
(Profile unavailable)

MICHELLE BARTLETT

(See profile above)

CHARLES R ROPITINI

(See profile above)

KAITUHI:

LUKE RIKITI

(See profile above)

ĀPIHA:

TANE RANGIHUNA

Ngāti Porou, Ngai Tai

NGAI TAUIRA need to be accessible to the students. They need to be non-biased people. They need to understand what’s influencing people and their problems. They need to be around the people that are going to be dealing with a lot. I have all these qualities and I think I should be on the exec because I’m a people’s person.

LEROY CRAWFORD

Rongowhakaata, Ngati Porou

HE TOHUNGA (e ai ki a LeRoy, he pepi noa iho ia) a LeRoy ki ngā mahi kapo pikitia ki runga kamera. Kua uru atu tōna whakaahua ki roto i ngā pukapuka ngāhau pērā ki a Mana Magazine me te Salient hoki. Kua eke ia ki taumata i roto i te Ao pāpaho. Kua eke hoki o ngā mahi pāpaho ki te tino ikeiketanga o tērā ao hoki. Kāore e kore kua nui kē ōnā mahi ki wāhi marea o te Ao Māori.

I am 3rd year student studying a BA majoring in English and Media Studies. My passion is in the field of film and media production. I am easy going, cheeky (tiiēki), and dedicated to the kaupapa. Over the past 3 years I have offered my skills and services to Ngai Tauira. I enjoy taking up challenges. As Editor of Te Ao Marama this year I want to encourage all our tauira Māori to embrace their culture, kōrero Māori as much as possible and take up the challenges that lie ahead of you. “Give it a go!” koutou.

HINEHOPU MITAI

Te Arawa, Whakatohea, Tuhoe

HEI AWHINA kia āhei ahau ki te awhi i ngā tauira Māori e ngana ana ki te whakaoti i a rātou mahi i te whare wānanga nei. I tērā tau i te whare wānanga o Waikato ahau e toro atu i ngata ai tāku hiakai ki te whai i te mātauranga o te ture. I whakaoti ahau i te tau tahi me te tau tuarua mō te ture. Ināianei kei te whakaoti ahau i tāku tohu mō te mātauranga Māori. Ko tāku kōrero mō ngā tauira Māori – “Me haere koutou kia koutou karaihe kia oti tere ai ngā mahi.

ORIWIA TAYLOR

Tuhoe

I WAS forced to come to further my education for the benefit of my wāanau and people. Both my brother and I came to study at Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui (Aunty’s university). This is my first year and I am pursuing a BSc and BA. I have survived semester one and I am looking forward to completing semester two.

My vision for tauira Māori is to gain te matauranga o te pākeha and utilise this knowledge for the betterment of our people. Upon completing my degrees I hope to be sponsored (hint, hint Aunty smile, smile) for an OE trip. After my trip I will return back to my whānau and my iwi and get a job. Cher!

LLANI HARDING

Ngā Puhi

I AM a first year student studying law. I am a student, a mother and I play netball and take part in kapa haka for Te Herenga Waka Marae. After graduating I want to be a lawyer in the Treaty Settlements.

Study hard, stick it out and ask for help when you need help – Just go hard!

MIKE KEPA (GRADIPCOM)

Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Tuhoe

KIA ORA koutou ko au te kaithui o Ngaa Taaura Umanga ko tetahi mangai mo Te Wahanga Tauhokohoko Whakahaere. No te kohu me te uranga o te ra. Ko tenei te tau whakamutu. Kai te whiriwhiri e au te tino tohu o te tauhokohoko. Ko te kaupapa tino nui o roto ko te Pakihi Maori.

Kai te mohiotia whanuitia e au ko te mea nui o te ao, he tangata. Ko toku nei tomina hei mannaki te tangta aha ko wai, aha koa no whea. Kati, e hoa ma, kia kaha kia maia kia manawa nui.

NICOLE NEPE

Whānau-a-Kai, Rongowhakaata

I AM an Honours student here at Vic and have had the pleasure of being here for the last four years of my life. I was once a āpiha for Ngai Tauira in my first year and enjoyed the experience and the dynamics of student politics. Since then I have devoted most of my time to my studies but have still maintained a relationship with Ngai Tauira and enjoy getting involved with marae functions from time to time. I feel that after three years I can bring an array of new ideas, motivation and commitment to Ngai Tauira. “Paving the way for future students here at Vic.”

KIEREN BROWN

(Profile unavailable)

MATT GIFFORD

(See profile above)

KARARAINA MCLEAN

(See profile above)

MATARAHI SKIPPER

(See profile above)

RANGIMIRIA IHAKARA

(No profile submitted)

MATTHEW GIFFORD

(See profile above)

MICHELLE BARTLETT

(See profile above)

RETURNING OFFICER

VERONICA TAWHAI

TE MANA ĀKONGA KAITŪHONO

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