Tuia Te Ako 2012 – confirmation of a wonderful team of keynote presenters
Kia ora tātau
As Tuia Te Ako 2012 draws nearer, the anticipation builds. Particularly for those of us involved in the planning. Te Manu Mātauranga (the hui planning committee) has put together a programme that balances a number of considerations including: expertise, quality, gender balance and cross-sector representation. The hui will feature two days of stimulating presentations from educators representing all parts of the tertiary sector. Most of all, the programme promises to invigorate all of us in the Māori tertiary whānau and I encourage you to be there.
By now you will have received a pānui (flyer) announcing the four keynote presenters for Tuia Te Ako 2012. We are very fortunate to have four wonderful individuals to speak on the key themes.
Te Reo – the Māori Language
Professor Tīmoti Kāretu has been a tireless campaigner and champion of te reo Māori for many years; inspiring us not just to learn te reo Māori but to become the best speakers we can be. He is an icon of te reo Māori who also has expertise in many other languages. He has devoted himself to a lifetime of advocacy, teaching and scholarly endeavour in te reo Māori. We are honoured to have him involved in this hui.
Kaitiakitanga – Sustainability and Spirituality
Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru’s contribution to the wider Māori society includes work with Ngā Kaiwhakapūmau i te Reo and a pivotal role in the Māori Language Claim of the late 1980s, as well as a significant role in establishing Māori Radio. His expertise in te reo me ōna tikanga and traditional karakia coupled with his experience in the tertiary sector make him the ideal presenter to address the question of how we implement Wairua in a sector that is preoccupied with measuring and proving success?
Manaakitanga – Care and Support
Professor Michael Walker carries on a whānau legacy of academic excellence. As the top tertiary teacher at the 2011 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards and the instigator of the ultra successful Tuākana programme at The University of Auckland, he was the natural choice as the keynote presenter on Manaakitanga – Care and Support.
Whakamana – Empowerment
Dr Catherine Savage is the CEO of Te Tapuwae o Rēhua. As a teacher and researcher, most notably as part of the Kotahitanga team, she has forged a formidable reputation. As a presenter, she has a great gift for making sense out of complex issues. Her address under the Whakamana theme promises to be a hui highlight.
I acknowledge those of you who have registered and encourage those who haven’t to do so now at www.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/tuiateako .
I look forward to sharing a feast of mātauranga, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga with you all at our hui – Tuia Te Ako 2012.