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Ngāi Tauira

March 20, 2017

As Māori at university, it is often the case that we are motivated to succeed by the mahi that we know needs to be done — to help our whānau, to help our home towns, to help our iwi, and, more widely, to help te iwi Māori in general. However, this journey we strive for […]

March 13, 2017

E rere kau nei, mai i te kahui maunga ki Tangaroa. Ko au te awa. Ko te awa ko au. Nei ra tāku mihi maioha ki a koutou e hoe ana tō waka ki tēnei whare wananga o Te Upoko o te ika a Maui, ōtira ki Te Tumu Herenga Waka. Nāu mai, piki mai, […]

March 3, 2017

Tēnā tātou! So we have all come out the other side of O-Week (mostly) unscathed. Hopefully by now the empty Scrumpy bottles and 3-day-old KC’s takeaway containers on your floor are accompanied by textbooks and your first lot of readings for the year. It’s the second column of the year, and I am already struggling […]

February 26, 2017

Tēnā tātou, nau mai ki tēnei tau hou. I tēnei wā, kua mutu ngā hararei, me te wā ki te noho ki te taha o tō mātou whānau. Heoi anō, kei te hoki mai tātou ngā tauira o te motu, ki te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui. Kia ora everyone! […]

October 8, 2016

2016 has been a busy, challenging, and, ultimately, rewarding year for tauira Māori. We successfully hosted Te Huinga Tauira; thanks to the hard work of the Huinga Komiti, headed by the unflappable tokotoru tapu, in conjunction with NT and all the tauira that carried out their vision. Manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga were in full force during […]

October 2, 2016

Tēnā koutou katoa. I want to give a massive shout out to the Māori Matters radio show for having me on air two weeks ago, which contributed to my successful campaign for VUWSA Equity Officer. On the show we talked about reasons why Māori don’t typically run for VUWSA and perhaps reasons why Māori don’t […]

September 24, 2016

There have been moments in everyone’s lifetime where they have been put in an uncomfortable or difficult situation, whether that be personally, culturally, sexually, or racially. This can be particularly difficult in the workplace. Reactions range from frustration, anger, and disbelief to determination, perseverance, and optimism. I, myself, tend to opt for the prior. Once […]

September 17, 2016

Kia whakairi ake te kaupapa mo te wiki nei koia, ko ngā ‘feelings.’  Ko tāku he kōrero mo ngā kare-ā-roto me te hē o te noho whakatōngā, wahangū ki ngā aupēhitanga o te ao kikokiko. He kaupapa nui whakaharahara tēnei i ngā rā anamata nei.  Kei ngā tōpitopito katoa o o tātou ao ngā kōrero, […]

September 11, 2016

Whakairihia ko ‘te tinana’ ki paetara hei wetewete, hei wāwāhi mā te hirikapo.  Ko te tinana ka hono nei ki a hinengaro, ki a wairua kia hau mai ko te ira o te tangata me ōna, mana, tapu, ihi, aha atu, aha atu.  Ko te tinana te waka kawe i a tātou, o tātou wairua, […]