Next week is Māori language week and we’ll be celebrating right across NZIST. Our subsidiaries will be hosting and supporting activities that help bring te reo Māori to everyone in their communities: those new to the language and those for whom it is their first language.
For us at NZIST, it is a time to reflect on our commitment to both equitable outcomes for Māori and to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
We’re still a new organisation, but you can see the first visible signs of that commitment in our website – provided fully in English and te reo Māori.
We encourage everyone to use Te wiki o te Reo Māori to celebrate the language – and sign up to be ‘one in a million’ who will speak, sing and celebrate a Māori language moment at Noon on Monday 14 September.
NZIST subsidiaries have been hosting a range of activities across their campus locations to celebrate and acknowledge the week.
EIT have spent the past few weeks filming several Māori students and lecturers who have shared their personal te reo Māori story on camera. Each day of Te wiki o te reo Māori one of the videos will be shared on EIT’s Facebook page .
UCOL continue to offer their very popular te reo Māori classes .
On Monday 14 September, to coincide with the nationwide Māori Language Moment, UCOL’s Janell Kiriona hosted a Māori Movement workshop at the subsidiary’s Manawatu campus. Janell is a programme leader and senior lecturer for Exercise & Wellness as well as a Te Atakura Coach.
One of the highlight’s of UCOL’s week of celebrations is the release of a new whakataukī, written for them by Matua Mike Kawana connected to a significant Tīpuna of Wairarapa.
The whakataukī will be turned into a combined art piece – where students can use blank pinex cards to rewrite their favourite Māori proverb. At the end of the week, the card will be collected to form a 2020 reflection wall.
NZIST and the 16 subsidiaries have a strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and acknowledge the revitalisation of te reo Māori should not be limited to this week alone. There is significant mahi occurring across the network to embed a range of strategies, frameworks and practices that will ensure a strong and enduring focus on achieving equity for Māori learners.