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February 25, 2019 | by  | in Ngāi Tauira |
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The Pōwhiri

“Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei”  


Kia ora e te whānau and welcome to our university: Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui.


This new and unfamiliar wāhi that you have arrived at will soon become your home, just as it has become ours.


This week is a special one, as it is orientation week or “O-Week”, which means some valuable time for YOU to find your footing, test the waters, make some memories, and just enjoy being free of your whānau for the first time!


Ngāi Tauira whānau will be mostly situated around our Marae area across the road from the Hub, between 42 Kelburn Parade and 50 Kelburn Parade. Here you are always welcome to visit for positive kōrero with other tauira, delicious kai for $5 on weekdays, and a sense of belonging by coming to a place familiar to many of us Māori from all three campuses.


Ngāi Tauira will be hosting a range of awesome events and activities throughout the week, beginning with our annual Pōwhiri ceremony at Te Herenga Waka Marae—so make sure you are there to have a true taste of Te Ao Māori.


Finally, e te whānau, the members of your Ngāi Tauira Exec for 2019 have offered some valuable pieces of Manaaki to provide a little guidance as you take on the year ahead:


  • Nohorua Parata (President of Nt)-
    1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help; there’s always someone willing to help you.
    2. Balance your life, by balancing your uni life with your work life as well as your social life. Better living everyone!
    3. Lastly, look after yourself. Your well-being is very important—remember that.


  • Te Mahara Swanson Hall (President of Nt)-                                                                         
    If I could say anything, I would say: Listen to the advice of those kind enough to share it. Trust me—there are 22,000 students who attend this institution. Each one of us has already made enough mistakes for you to learn how to not repeat them. Make the most of this place; it’s got a lot to offer you if you let it. Ngā mihi nui.


    • Ariana Thomson Lawrence (Vice-President & Tikanga officer)-
      “You can’t pour from an empty cup” Look after yourself and don’t be afraid to say no. You have come all this way to achieve great things—but realise that you can only do as much as your tinana is capable of. You need your body to get you to that finish line, so take care of it.
    • Caleb Rongokea (Secretary)-
      “Whaowhia te kete matauranga—Fill your basket with knowledge”


  • Aperahama Simcock (Treasurer}-
    “Kia mate ururoa, kei mate wheke”


The moral of this kōrero is to not give up and to keep on working hard. Just remember why you started and what you’re doing it for. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!

  • Te Mapihi Tutua-Nathan (Academic officer)-
    Don’t sweat it. The thought of starting uni felt daunting to me, but when I got there, I realised I was worrying for no reason. Show up to your classes and work hard, but also listen to your mind and body and take a break when you need to.
  • Tahu Pōtiki Te Maro-Duran (Health & Well-being officer)-
    Spend time with people who will celebrate you as opposed to tolerate you. Also, find time to put the waea down and put the studies on pause so you can enhance your wairuatanga on your own—“Tūwhitia te hopo, wepua te wiriwiri!”
  • TeJay Owen (Events officer)-
    The transition into university can be a difficult time, but just know that help is always provided. Stay calm, study hard, and have fun.
  • Te Aorewa Areta (Communications & Promotions officer)-
    Always try to keep a sense of purpose for why you are here and make sure it’s a decent one. If the journey becomes steep, rough, or bendy, it is only through having a strong “why?” that we are able to push through.


As they say, e te whānau, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so let this week be your starting point to a journey worth the travel—hills, rivers, and all!

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