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February 22, 2015 | by  | in Ngāi Tauira |
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Māori Matters

Tēnā tātou katoa.

Kua tae te wā kia pari anō ngā tai o ako ki tēnei o a tātou Whare Wānanga. E kikī ana ngā tai nei ki ngā tini ika o te ao mātauranga, ngā mātaitai o ako hei kaponga mō te hunga e hiakai ana ki tōnā momo.

Nō reira, ki a tātou ngā kupenga o Taramainuku, ngā hīnaki o hiahia, ngā aho a Tane e whakarite ana ki te hī ake i ngā ika o te mātauranga mō tēnei tau,  e tika ana kia rere ngā mihi ki a tātou.

Ki ngā manu pīrere o te tau, tēnā koutou. Mōkori anō kia rere a mihi ki a koutou mā te reanga hou hei akiaki i te hunga pakeke, hei whakakipakipa hoki i ngā uri whakatipu. Ki a tātou mā o te reanga hauturuki, tātou e rata haere ana ki ēnei timotimo kai, kua whāngaihia mai e ngā pūkenga, kia kaha tonu tātou.

As another year approaches, so too does the new intake of students, who like a school of fish arrive swiftly and in the thousands. With this new intake of students comes new personalities, new adventures and also new dreams. The new year also welcomes returning students that have just enjoyed their three-month sabbatical from any laptop, book or pen.

2015 has already come with many changes. Rutherford House is being given a makeover and the Science block is also being given an upgrade. The biggest change, however, is the new executive for Ngāi Tauira Māori students’ association.

For those who may not be aware, Ngāi Tauira is the Māori equivalent to our sibling association VUWSA. It provides services for Māori students throughout the University and across all campuses. Our Pipitea limbs are Nga Rangahautira (Law) and Ngā Taura Ūmanga (Commerce) but we all operate under the one umbrella.

Headed by former vice president Geneveine Wilson (BA/BCom) and Te Wehi Wright (BA/LLB), the Ngai Tauira executive for 2015 is filled with a good mix of old heads and enthusiastic youth.

The foundations laid by past execs have definitely paved a clear and exciting path that allows us to branch out and take Ngāi Tauira to new heights. These foundations allow us the opportunity to work closely together with VUWSA, the Pasifika Students Council, and Te Herenga Waka Marae.

I could write about all the exciting things planned by the Ngāi Tauira executive for 2015, but the real excitement comes from physically going to room 102 at 42-44 Kelburn Parade and finding out for yourself. It’s homely, it’s friendly and it’s just across the road from the sushi shop.

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