Tuia Te Ako 2015 - Ngahiwi's Blog
Tēnā koutou katoa
As Tuia Te Ako 2015 approaches, so does a growing sense of excitement and anticipation.
It’s not just about the powerful programme of presenters and our inaugural international presenter US educator Dr Pedro Noguera. Nor is it just about the first time we will co-host the hui in Te Waipounamu. It’s also about partnering with Ngāi Tahu (through Te Tapuae o Rehua) to run an event that reflects their kawa, their tikanga and their mana. After the most successful Te Matatini ever; it will also be their now world-famous manaakitanga I will look forward to at Tuia Te Ako 2015.
It’s fair to say that Ngāi Tahu have suffered terribly in the wake of the colonisation of Te Waipounamu. They have emerged from this period and have forged a place of real strength in Te Waipounamu and Aotearoa. Ngāi Tahu is now recognised as the biggest economic player in Te Waipounamu with an asset base of over $1.5 billion. For me however, it is the steady reclamation and assertion of their unique iwi identity that is becoming more and more apparent – even to those who previously believed te ao Māori ends at the Cook Strait.
It is that experience that informs the key theme for Tuia Te Ako 2015.
Te Whakarauora - Revitalisation through reflection, repositioning and reimagining, mā Māori, mō Māori, e ai ki a Māori kia whakarauora ai te iwi
Ngāi Tahu is positioned to reflect on their achievements since the signing of the heads of agreement for their Treaty settlement in 1996, reimagine the next two decades of development and reposition to take full advantage. This is heightened by the impact of two major earthquakes that will continue to affect Ōtautahi for the next two decades at least.
I believe Māori tertiary education is in a similar situation. Māori tertiary educators are dynamic adaptors. A quality we inherit from our tīpuna. However that should be a proactive quality - i.e. we see opportunity early and reposition to make the most of it.
Tama tū, tama ora. Tama noho, tama matekai!
Kia tau te rangimārie me te māramatanga ki a tātau katoa.
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