Tuia Te Ako 2013 – Introducing our Keynote Speakers



Tuia Te Ako 2013 is honoured to feature three highly-respected keynote speakers. Here we introduce you to the topics they will address at next months hui in Otaki.


Introducing the hui keynote presenters

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Tuia Te Ako hui are well remembered by attendees for the quality of their presenters and the korero, and this years hui is certainly no exception. Ani Mikaere, Pania Papa and Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie will kick-start each day, and a different hui theme, with their valuable insight and expertise. If you want to hear more from these presenters, please register for the hui. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ani Mikaere (Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Porou)

Ani Mikaere is currently Kaihautu of Te Whare Whakatupu Matauranga, where she also tutors in the Ahunga Tikanga programme. Recent publications include: He Rukuruku Whakaaro: Colonising Myths, Maori Realities (2011, Huia Publishers & Te Takupu, Te Wananga o Raukawa).


Kairangi: expanding a Maori conception of excellence

This paper explores the notion of excellence, pointing out that our understandings of the term have, for the last two centuries, largely been confined within colonising and racist ideas of quality. It suggests that much of what is taught within the tertiary education sector is formulaic in approach, discouraging independence of thought and demanding compliance with a set of truths that are fundamentally at odds with kaupapa Maori.

While the inception of kaupapa Maori theory and the establishment of wananga have expanded the spaces within which a Maori conception of excellence might flourish, this paper suggests that we still tend to measure excellence against a set of formulae that lock us into a colonised shadow of what we might have been and what we might yet become. It suggests that while there is an undeniable safety in not straying too far from widely accepted understandings of what it is to be Maori, limiting ourselves in this way will do little to enhance our prospects of long term survival.

It is not enough to excel at mediocrity: the necessity for innovation demands that we foster those who challenge our thinking, sparking our imaginations and encouraging our intellects to soar.

Pania Papa (Ngati Koroki-Kahukura, Ngati Mahuta)

Pania Papa currently works as a Maori Language consultant for the broadcasting industry, a curriculum and resource designer, translator and editor. She runs her business Takatu Associates Ltd with partner Puka Moeau. She is also Assistant Director at Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo, Institute of Excellence in the Maori Language.


Whakaaro Maori e taea ana te whakaako? / Maori thought (ways of thinking) can it be taught?

The Maori language teaching fraternity, at tertiary level, is seeking to ensure correctness, fluency and that the language spoken by their learners comes from a Maori worldview. I will discuss the three principles espoused by The Institute of Excellence in the Maori Language with a specific focus on the third of these principles – ‘ensuring a Maori essence is imbued in the language’, to investigate whether in fact it is possible for language teachers to teach their students ‘Maori worldview’ in the context of the modern world, with its many technological distractions, given also the influence of the English language on the Maori language.

What is the relationship between Matauranga Maori and thinking from a Maori worldview? How can a generation that wasn’t raised in the richness of Maori cultural life reflect a Maori worldview? How can the generations that live some distance from their tribal waterways, food collection areas, forests and seas reflect a Maori worldview? Was a Maori worldview evident in the recent compositions of the haka realm?

Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie (Ngati Kauwhata, Ngati Raukawa, Rangitane)

Until mid-2012 Sir Mason Durie held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Assistant Vice-Chancellor Maori and Pasifika at Massey University. Sir Mason joined Massey in 1988, established the School of Maori studies, Te Putahi-a-Toi, and was head of school for 14 years before being appointed Massey’s first Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Maori) in late 2002. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2009.


Whakatinanatia: Translating Aspirations into Actions

Two questions are relevant to Tuia Te Ako 2013. How can Maori successfully participate in tertiary education? And how can the tertiary education sector add value to te ao Maori? Both questions will be addressed through three case studies Te Rau Puawai, Tu Toa, and Te Rau Whakapumau.

Underlying all three case studies, key principles for success can be identified. The principles have implications for Maori success in tertiary education and for tertiary education contributions to Iwi, hapu and whanau.

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Register for the hui now

  • Tuia Te Ako 2013 is proudly co-hosted byAko Aotearoa The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence andTe Wananga o Raukawa.
  • We acknowledge and thank our sponsors: Ministry of Education and Massey University.
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