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E eke ana tātou ngā tauira Māori i ngā poutama mātauranga, kotahi anake te whainga paetae arā kia eke panuku, eke Tangaroa!
E kore au e ngaro he kākano i ruia mai Rangiātea. He herenga tangata, he herenga whakapapa, he herenga wairua ki tō Māoritanga! Ko tātou o Ngāi Tauira, e whai ana i ngā tapuwae a peperekōu mā. Waihoki, ko ētahi o a mātau whainga he poipoi, he akiaki, he whakatenatena i te hunga tauira Māori o Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui kia tīkarohia te marama. Mā te whakawhanaungatanga me te whakapiri atu ki a rātou, ka noho a Ngāi Tauira hei whānau rua mā rātou i te whare wānanga.
I tēnei tau tonu he nui ngā piki me ngā heke i runga i ta tātou nei haerenga. Ahakoa ngā ngaru nui, ngā ngaru pukepuke e hoe tonu ana te waka o Ngāi Tauira me te mea hoki e pae ana ki uta. Ko ngā takunetanga o te tau nei ko ngā momo kēmu patapātai, kapa haka, te Hui whakapūmau , Te wiki o te reo Māori hoki. Ko tētahi o ngā tino whakatutukitanga i tēnei tau ko Te Ao marama, me mihi ka tika ki a Te Pō me ngā kaimahi hoki i āta whai wā kia eke taua pukapuka ki ngā taumata tiketike. Nā konā, kua uru atu ki nga kōwhiringa whāiti o Ngā Tohu reo Māori. Waihoki e whakapau kaha ana a Ngāi Tauira i roto i ngā mahi hākinakina te netipōro me te poitūkohu ia wiki. Ā, i tū hoki te whakataetae hākinakina tuatahi i waenganui ngā tauira nō Te Moana nui a Kiwa me Ngāi Tauira. Te mutunga kē mai o te pai o taua huihuinga, i runga i te kaupapa o te whanaungatanga. Ko te haerenga matua o te tau nei ko Te Huinga Tauira ki Te Papaioea i raro i te manaakitanga o Manawatahi. I ea te kaupapa o te huinga tauira, he huinga tangata i runga i te whakaaro tahi o te angitu a ngā tauira Māori puta noa i te motu. Ka hoki mai te waka o Ngāi Tauira ki Pōneke, nā whai anō ngā huihuinga i te whare wānanga. Ko ngā kaupapa i whakarewa ko te akiaki i te reo Māori i te whare wānanga, ahakoa te taumata ko te mea nui ki a puta te reo kia rere. Kua tata tae atu ki te mutunga o te tau, ahakoa ngā tini āhuatanga okea ururoatia! Nā konā rukuhia ngā puna katoa o te ao. Mā te mōhio ka tuohu koe ki ngā maunga teitei, kei te kapu o ōu ringa te ao, nō reira KAPOHIA!
Every day I go into the Ngāi Tauira Common Room, it’s packed – every day. When I first started with NT (three years ago), our office was a ghost town – no kidding – there was never anyone in there. It comes down to what Ngāi Tauira provides to students that matters to them, and that is a platform to connect and socialise with other students on this journey that is the pursuit of excellence through tertiary education. It’s awesome, and for this I must thank all tauira out there who vested interest in us.
Some will remember the numerous social events that our Events Extraordinaire and his team organised this year. The quiz night (sadly, my team did not make the cut) was awesome. A great turnout and a cool opportunity for us to all unite as a whānau. Our Kapa Haka extraordinaire(s), Hinemihiata and Kimiorangi, who started up the roopū. I remember one time I walked into the old NT Office and it was absolutely packed with kaihaka. Overwhelming, to say the least. Hinemihiata also doubled as the Sports Officer, entered NT into many (not-so-)social sporting leagues, some of which we were humbled to take out, and also remotely organised the inaugural Battle of the Tribes with our Pasifika cousins. Te Pō, our Media Officer from waaaay back, produced a category-finalist publication, Te Ao Mārama, and also wrote in Salient every week (hōhā, she reckons, but the stuff she comes up with is gold!). Hine, our VP, did an amazing job on Academic Board and Committee, and, through her constant lobbying at this level, gained NT an official seat on Academic Board. Rueben: it was short and sweet, but I always appreciated your input in everything that NT would do. Your screeds of experience bought a point of difference to the group. Jules and Teaonui – although not always there ā-tinana, I knew that when you were there you would always pitch in and help where and when needed – and sometimes bring your mates along to make quorum at our meetings. Taylor and Anthony – the brother/sister – you two are the most hard-working people I know. I hope you will continue to share this passion with NT in the future.
Geneveine and Mikaia, the two that always had my back. Gen organised an awesome Te Huinga Tauira, stepped up when she needed to, and was always the thinker behind everything (often keeping me on my toes).
It was such an honour to work in a Co-Presidency role with Mikaia. She is a person who does all the groundwork for everything – she’s knows what she needs to do and how to get there, and who to bring along with her. What it comes down to is that all that we do is for our tauira.
That’s what we’re about, that’s right and that’s us!
Mikaia Leach and Elijah Pue are the Co-Presidents of Ngāi Tauira, the Māori Students’ Association, this year.