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Ki Te Whai Ao…ki Te Ao Maarama…

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā kārangarangatanga maha, tēnā koutou katoa.

Tuatahi, me tuku i te rau aroha ki te hunga nā rātou tātou i morimori. Ko rātou kua ngaro atu i te tirohanga kanohi, ka tangi. Ko rātou ki rātou, ko tātou ngā mahuetanga iho, tēnā anō tātou katoa.

I tupu ake ai a au i ngā rekereke o te maunga tītōhea i roto i ngā iwi hapū o Ngā Ruahinerangi,

i te takiwā o Aotea waka me te mōhio anō hoki ki aku pāranga ki roto o Waikato.

Kua roa nei a au e mahi ana i roto i te ao mātauranga me te rapa i te ara tika. Ko taku whakapae, ko te tuakiritanga o te tangata te mea nui, me whai ka tika.

After years working in the tertiary sector, I’ve come to the conclusion that if a new student is well grounded in his or her identity, this will aid significantly in the realisation of their academic and career goals.

Ki te kore te tangata e mōhio pū ana ki a ia anō, kua ngaro pea a ia? Ki te mōhio te tangata i ahu mai a ia i whea, he māmā ake pea te huarahi kei mua i tōna aroaro, arā, e ahu ana a ia ki whea?

If not, however, it may lead to their demise in the tertiary context. My experience with students who are confident in themselves and know where they’re from, is that they can usually articulate with some surety where they’re headed.

Kua kite atu a au i te tini tauira e kōtiti haere ana i runga i tōna hīkoi me te māharahara, he aha taua hunga e pērātia ai?

I’ve unfortunately seen too many students to the contrary, who seem to lose their way, and I wonder why that’s so?

He kupu whakatūpato pea tēnei ki taua hunga, kia āta whakaarotia tōna ara, kia kaua e kamakama, kaua e horo!!  He nui ngā āhuatanga o te noho ki te ‘tāone nui me ngā raiti pīataata’.

Wherever students decide to study in Aotearoa, they should have some basic structures put in place in times of need, which will differ from individual to individual. Students who come from small rural schools and communities are especially vulnerable to the ‘attraction of the big city and the bright lights’.

  1. Ko ngā rōpū tautoko i a koe te whāinga matua.

  • Whānau – family

  • Ngā hoa – close friends

  • Ngā rōpū tautoko – student support services and professionals

  • Ngā kaiako / kaiāwhina – academic and support staff

Therefore, it’s imperative that students access a range of services to help them transition into the tertiary environment. It should be a priority. Iwi also have an important role to play in this transition. Students should be encouraged to register with their iwi as an incentive to capacity-building, which is a must in the current post-settlement climate.

Kāti ake māku, e rau rangatira maa, tēnā koutou katoa.

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