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Ngāi Tauira

May 22, 2017

Dear Janices Everywhere “I’m sick of hearing that Māori need different treatment, if they don’t want to live in our society then how about we put them all on an island and leave them to it.” — Janice This statement would be easier to dismiss if our tamariki weren’t the ones suffering. It’s problematic — […]

May 15, 2017

Rurea taitea, kia tū ko taikākā anake Rurea taitea, kia tū ko taikākā anake   Ka huri au ki Ahumairangi, Heteri tipua, heteri tawhito Kei ngā tātai ihoiho o ngā maunga whakahī o Tuawhakarere.   Tēnei te kōkō korokī o te Whānau o Te Herenga Waka E nanaiore ana ki te piki ake i te […]

May 8, 2017

Matene Te Whiwhi Rd, Katu Rd, Unaiki Rd, Kakakura Rd, Rauoterangi Rd, Hurumutu Rd, Hokowhitu Rd.  Most weeks, some news gets us rolling our eyes, and last week was no exception. News arose of the Kapiti Council’s proposed plan to name seven new sections of road, recently built in their rohe. The proposed names, listed above, honour the […]

May 1, 2017

Last month, Ngāi Tauira hosted Pūrangiaho, an annual event designed to bring our tauira Māori together, and for us all to learn about the history of Māori at Vic. First year student Pounamu Chambers lets us know exactly what banter went down this year: On the first night we were told that only one Pou […]

April 10, 2017

E koekoe te tui, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kereru. Ko te tangi, ko te waiata a te wahine te reo tuatahi i runga i te marae-ā-tea. Nō ngā purakau o ngā atua e arahia ake tēnei tikanga, nā e whai tōnu mātou te iwi Māori. Piki mai rā, kake mai rā ki […]

April 3, 2017

Let your care guide your focus I’ve been mulling over this thought for the past couple of weeks and the more I think about it, the more its peculiarity strikes me. New Zealand society/society in general humanises a lot of concepts, but this definitely isn’t one of them. “Follow your heart”, “let your emotions run wild”, […]

March 27, 2017

From Mountains to Sea The other day, my kaumātua and I went for a hikoi along the Wharemauku stream on the Kapiti Coast. We walked from maunga to moana — and saw nature’s struggle with human intervention. This stream once flowed, clean and to its own accord. But now, it has quickly diminished into a […]

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, […]