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Māori @ AUT

By Te Haua Taua

Message From Te Haua

I'm proud to be your AUTSA Māori Affairs officer for 2020. My job is to liaise with Māori students and staff at AUT, keeping the Student Representative Council informed of their perspectives and issues. I'm always available to meet over coffee in the student lounges or in one of our whānau spaces. Below I have collated a number of AUT services which help to support our Māori students.

The Office of Māori Advancement 

AUT has a strong relationship with Māori, honouring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. The office of Māori Advancement works closely with AUT Māori staff, students and the wider community to advise and implement Mātauranga Māori kaupapa throughout AUT.

Enlightened by the AUT's adopted values of tika, pono and aroha, the Te Wānanga Aronui (Māori Advancement at AUT) Facebook page was initiated to enhance the university experience by providing a 'virtual marae' where everyone can connect at AUT. 

Activities facilitated by the Office of Māori Advancement include:

- e-Inoi - Monday morning online karakia with the purpose of centering everyone to launch into the day and week; 

- Wai Whai - Wednesday waiata sessions, with Tikanga Talk wānanga sessions and te reo classes in the pipeline.

Māori student support - Te Tari Takawaenga Māori

The Māori Liaison Services Team at AUT are dedicated to the success of our Māori students. They offer a range of services and activities to support tauira Māori (Māori students) during your studies here. These include:

- Providing learning mentors who can support you with your studies

- Whānau spaces where you can socialise, relax, or just study on campus

Titahi ki TUA (Māori Students Association)

Tītahi Ki TUA is our AUT Māori Students Association which offers Māori students a place where they can come together to share ideas, share identity, draw support, meet other Māori, and practice culture through kapa haka, all in a marae environment.

For those who want to join TKT, follow us on Instagram: @titahikitua and Facebook @Tītahi ki TUA - AUT Māori Students Association. You can find most of our events held at the marae, one main one being our noho marae held every Wednesday. This noho will be run a bit differently than past noho marae, so please keep an eye out on our social media outlets. 

Piki Ake Kaipakihi Māori: Enhancing Māori Success in Business

Piki Aki Kaipakihi Māori is a programme founded on Kaupapa Māori principles, nurturing Te Āo Māori and Mātauranga Māori, to assist Māori staff and students in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. 

There are three objectives to the programme in 2020:

- Tuakana Teina Peer Support: Developing and delivering study skills support across the Faculty;

- Tūhononga: Providing opportunities for Māori business and students to network and collaborate;

- Takiwā Māori: Developing space(s) for Māori students and staff to meet, and support each other.

The Tuaka Teina Workshops will begin in Week 2 of Semester 2, on Tuesdays 12-1pm on Manukau Campus, and in WH210 on Fridays 12-1pm, City Campus


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