The Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development and Te Waananga o Raukawa have formed a partnership to help advance the academic and research aspirations of Tainui tribal members with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
Mereana Selby said, "The Memorandum of Understanding
seeks to provide another avenue for Waikato - Tainui tribal members to higher
education learning through the discipline of Maatauranga Maaori and offered
under our Taahuhu Maatauranga Maaori programme.”
programme aligns well with Whakatupuranga 2050, the tribes 50 year strategic
direction, by contributing to the strategic objective of ‘Tribal
Identity and Integrity’ as it would build the capacity of
Waikato-Tainui in the field of preserving our tribal heritage, reo and tikanga.
Jane Tiakiwai, Academic Director of the Waikato – Tainui
College for Research and Development said, "The
partnership will enable both organisations to work collaboratively to develop
research, teaching and resources to support the development of Maatauranga
Maaori and to strengthen tribal heritage and culture within Waikato–Tainui. The MoU was signed at a special dinner held at the Waikato–Tainui College for Research and
Development on March 29.