Our College was off to a very busy start to the year, hosting our annual College Dinner, announcing our second academic programme offered in partnership with Te Waananga o Raukawa as well as continuing to deliver our MBA programme. A new cohort of MBA participants was also welcomed to the College in February - many are new faces and excited about the journey ahead toward successfully completing their studies. Our research portfolio has also expanded as our relationships with key research entities have been formalised.
Wednesday 1 February, the College held its second Annual Raupatu Memorial
Dinner. The guest speaker for the
evening was the Hon Dr Wayne Mapp. Dr Mapp retired from parliament prior to the
2011 elections and in his last term held the research and science innovation
portfolio. His speech reflected on the role and position of the College as a
tribal research entity, and posed questions on how the College might contribute
to advancing knowledge and understanding of critical issues affecting tribal
and national interests.
Maatauranga Maaori Programme
A unique postgraduate programme designed to teach tribal knowledge
traditions, is the latest academic programme to be offered at the College.
Taahuhu Maatauranga Maaori, a residential programme developed by Te Waananga o
Raukawa (TWoR) will commence in March, with enrolments now open for the
Prospective students do not necessarily need a
bachelor’s degree to enrol on the programme – but need to be competent in
speaking and writing in Maaori.
The programme will cover eight subject areas,
taught in a monthly residential seminar and kura waananga environment over two
years. The final year will support
students through their research journey to complete a thesis specific to their
whaanau, hapuu or iwi.
TWoR Senior Lecturers who will teach on the
programme include Pakake Winiata, Charles Te Ahukaramu Royal and Te
Awanuiaarangi Black. They will be supported by local Waikato-Tainui based guest
speakers who will be invited to present on various subject areas.
Fees for the course are approximately $4,000 per
year. This fee covers the full cost of participating in the waananga including
accommodation and meals at the College.
The delivery of this programme will be formalised
through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing between the College and the
Waananga on March 29.
Progress on the MBA has been rewarding, as we
constantly work towards ensuring our participants are well supported and that
their journey on the programme remains positive.
Following a two month break from studies; our
returning participants also hosted two inspirational guest speakers. Fraser
Whineray, the General Manager of Operations for Mighty River Power delivered
key messages about the Energy sector and Supply Chain - issues that are faced
by his organisation.
Hemi Rolleston of Ngaai Te Rangi, Te Arawa descent
and CEO of Te Awanui Huka Pak shared the experiences of his company and where they hope to progress to in
the future. Both guest speakers
presented on the business complexities faced by organisations locally and
On February 16, we also welcomed new participants to
Part One of the programme. Many are new faces to the College, travelling as far
as Okaihau in the North to Oopootiki on the Coast, with participants
represented from iwi all over the motu.
Our new participants are looking forward to the completion of their
studies in 2014. If you’re interested in finding out more about the programme,
please feel free to make direct contact with Natalie Lulia, our co-ordinator
for the MBA programme.
of Understanding with the University of Otago
February, Waikato-Tainui and the University of Waikato signed a MoU to
formalise the relationship between Waikato-Tainui and the University of Otago.
The relationship began with a research partnership between Raukura Hauora o
Tainui and the University’s Dentistry Faculty. The College, Raukura Hauora o
Tainui and the University are partners in the Mana o te Whaanau research
project which studies maamaa and their peepi understanding and knowledge of
oral hygiene. The MoU is a significant step for Waikato-Tainui in establishing
an ongoing relationship with the University of Otago, not just in the Mana o te
Whaanau project, but for other research projects as well.
Te Mana o te
is one of the primary foci for the College for the next four years. Raukura
Hauora staff began approaching maamaa in December to take part in the research.
Kay Berryman has recently joined our team as a researcher on this project and
together with Raukura Hauora and College staff will be working with maamaa to
find ways that they can look after their own dental health as well as the
dental health of their peepi. Participation in the project is voluntary. If you
are interested in participating or want to know more information about the
project, contact us here at the College.
College, in partnership with Waahi Whaanui Trust and the University of Waikato,
is researching fishing activity over the
past five years in the Waikato and Waipa Rivers and their catchments. This
project gathers baseline information about the state of the fishery to assist
with development of regulations for both rivers. If you are a customary or
recreational fisher and are interested in answering a questionnaire, please
contact us here at the College.
2012 we will be convening a series of four seminars. Seminars will be based on the strategic goals
of Waikato-Tainui as expressed in Whakatupuranga 2050: Kiingitanga, Tribal
Identity and Integrity, Tribal Success and Tribal Social and Economic
College wants to encourage students at the Masters and PhD levels who have
received scholarship funding from the tribe to send in expressions of interest
to present under one of these four themes. If you are not already registered as
a Waikato-Tainui alumnus, please register on our website.
more information on any of the kaupapa mentioned in our College update, please
feel free to contact us here at the College, Phone: 07 824 5430 Email: email@example.com or via our
online enquiry form on our website: www.waikatotainui.ac.nz