Tuia Te Ako 2015 Blog 2 - Ngahiwi's Blog
Tuia Te Ako 2015 will be at Lincoln University, Canterbury on the 8, 9 and 10 July.
Tēnā koutou katoa
There’s an often quoted whakataukī, “he aha te mea nui o te ao? Māku e kī atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.” “What is the greatest thing in the world? I say it is people!”
Wisdom handed down is hard to argue with, especially when it comes to the planning and managing of Tuia Te Ako 2015. People –the local iwi, the planning committee, the events team, the presenters and the delegates. After all, all events are about people doing good for others.
The Tuia Te Ako 2015 planning committee settled fairly quickly on the key theme and sub themes around the host iwi, Kāi Tahu’s, recent history post the settlement of their Treaty claim in the mid 1990s. After nearly 20 years of development (including a major earthquake) they are uniquely placed to reflect on their considerable achievements and reimagine a future for Kāi Tahu whānui.
It’s an exciting positon to be in and one that in some ways mirrors Māori tertiary education. I know the history of Māori in tertiary education goes back to the beginning of tertiary education in Aotearoa but there is a strong case to support the assertion that the biggest gains have been made in the last 20 - 30 years. For instance, the wānanga movement has dramatically increased access to tertiary education for Māori to the point where we are the largest ethnic group in Aotearoa enrolled in tertiary study. The Kura Kaupapa movement is supplying savvy, confident and bicultural learners to tertiary institutions in unprecedented numbers. Mātauranga and Kaupapa Māori are no longer theoretical discussion points – they have become the basis for the delivery of tertiary education to Māori.
From my perspective, the key questions therefore are, what have we achieved for Māori in tertiary education? Where are we now and what do we need to consider? And, how might we do things better in the future?
A group of amazing educators will help us navigate these questions and I’m certain provide a range of perspectives to assist our thinking. Some of these perspectives may affirm some of our ideas and others may be views that are totally new. Things we may not have considered or even thought to consider.
For these ideas to have the greatest impact, the planning committee has established a framework with a key theme or kaupapa. That key theme is Te Whakarauora – Revitalisation. Revitalisation has been tagged almost exclusively to the te reo Māori movement and it goes without saying that te reo Māori will be an integral component of Tuia Te Ako 2015.
So, North Islanders be warned, te reo o Kāi Tahu me ōna tikanga will take centre stage as our show of respect for the Mana Whenua but also for the support of the revitalisation of te reo ake o Kāi Tahu and te reo Māori generally.
Revitalisation is also about doing better in other areas and in order to do that we need to be clear about what we have achieved and what we have learned from those achievements – that will be addressed on Day 1 of the hui. Day 2 addresses repositioning but with the purpose of considering how we may do that to maximise future impact. Day 3 is dedicated to reimagining Māori futures. This should be a day on which we should give ourselves absolute freedom. Māori are the most entrepreneurial people in the world – some would suggest that is because we are unafraid to not just think but to act upon our thinking.
The key however is what you and I as individuals will take away and express in our work or in the functions of our organisations. I once overheard someone say, “being Māori in a mainstream organisation is hard, but then Māori are hard eh?” And ‘hard’ in the most constructive way is what we have to be – people focused, visionary, kaupapa-driven and persistent.
Kia tau ngā manaakitanga ki a tātau katoa.
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