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Ngāi Tauira

July 24, 2017

The Māori word “takatāpui” means “intimate companion of the same sex.” The word made its first recorded appearance in the 1832 edition of Herbert Williams’ Dictionary of the Māori Language. Resources trace some whakapapa of the word back to Te Arawa and the Wairarapa, for fluid gender and sexuality existed in Te Ao Māori long […]

July 17, 2017

Māori and Pasifika Student Interventions Review The Māori and Pasifika Student Interventions Review is currently underway. The Review Panel has already collected lots of information about a wide range of activities regarding academic and learning support, outreach and pathways, pastoral care, recruitment and liaison, and scholarships that are designed to help Māori and Pasifika student […]

June 6, 2017

The first thing I noticed about other Māori students was the pride in their walk. Each step, confident and affirmed as though you had a bigger reason for being here. Your gaze, almost intimidating and fierce, yet quietly humble. I couldn’t help my curiosity about the various reasons you all chose to come here. Whether […]

May 29, 2017

Arohatia te reo… Pāngarau Ko te manu kai miro, nōna te ngahere. Ko te manu kai mātauranga, nōna te ao. Heoi, ko te manu e matatau ana ki te kaute, nōna ngā mea katoa. I te nuinga o te wā, mā te kitenga noa iho o tēnei kupu e hūiki ai te tangata. Nō reira, […]

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 […]