First ever Manukau teaching reunion

21 September 2018
Professional Teaching Fellow Fetaui Iosefo (front right) with other attendees
Professional Teaching Fellow Fetaui Iosefo (front right) with other attendees

The whānau-like atmosphere of the Manukau campus was evident when 60 staff and alumni got together on 20 September for the first reunion of the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary Specialisation.

The programme has been based in Manukau for 19 years in a partnership between the University of Auckland and the Manukau Institute of Technology.

The guests included alumni from every year of the programme and some current students in their third year who listened to lively chat about what it is like in the real world.

The celebration, hosted by Professional Teaching Fellows Tessa Tupai and Fetaui Iosefo, also marked Dr Pam Millward's retirement and her significant contribution to the programme. Bev Hosking, Student Academic Adviser who began on the staff at Manukau in the early days of the programme, and Phil Kane, lecturer in Mathematics from the initial years, acknowledged Pam's leadership as programme coordinator, her inspirational teaching and her loving concern for the wellbeing for both staff and students.

In addition, a new pilot Manukau Postgraduate Network was launched.

Over 600 students have graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Manukau partnership and the campus is regularly represented in scholarship awards, the Dean's Awards and the first-in-course across the three campuses (Epsom, Manukau and Tai Tokerau).

View the full photo gallery of the reunion here.

A speaker at the reunion
Maunkau reunion of 60 students and staff from 19 years of the programme