On 28 February 2017, around 20 new students of the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) - Huarahi Māori will be welcomed to the faculty.
This year is the 21st year of the Huarahi Māori programme, which was first offered in 1997 by what was then the Auckland College of Education, now the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
“The programme has grown so much since then. We are now attracting an increasing number of masters and PhD students because of our excellence and expertise in te reo Māori,” says Sophie Tauwehe Tamati, a senior lecturer at Te Puna Wānanga - School of Māori and Indigenous Education.
“We have specialists across a range of dimensions (of Māori studies) – from literacy, oral language and formal language through to linguistics, technology and curriculum.”
This year Tauwehe is supervising three PhD students and three masters students, all of whom are writing their theses in te reo Māori. This is a breakthrough for the faculty’s Huarahi Māori programme.
Pōwhiri and guest speaker Te Kepa Stirling
On Tuesday 28 February the faculty will celebrate the 21st year of the Huarahi Māori programme during the pōwhiri for the 2017 intake. Members of the first Huarahi Māori cohort (1997-1999) will be invited to join the 2017 cohort to add to the celebrations of the 21st anniversary of the programme.
Te Kepa Stirling will be a special guest on the day. Te Kepa and his wife, Pani Takawhenua Waipapa Stirling, were instrumental in the establishment of Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae. His attendance is significant as he and Tūteira Pōhatu (Blackie), Mōna and her husband Sonny Riini, were instrumental in the establishment of the Huarahi Māori Programme at the faculty.
The Kāhui Raukura Alumni
Celebrations for the 21st year of the Huarahi Māori programme also includes a reunion in June of former and present students (1997-2017). This has given rise to the setting up of the Kāhui Raukura Reo Māori Alumni organisation. Its goal is to promote te reo Māori (Māori language) regeneration in Aotearoa New Zealand through its extensive contacts and networks.
The formal launch of the Kāhui Raukura Reo Māori Alumni is scheduled for November this year.