May 7, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Waikato-Tainui Endowed College to open as early as July

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Plans are well underway for a post-graduate facility at Waikato-Tainuis tribal hub in Hopuhopu, and Chair of the College Trust Lady Raiha Mahuta says the appointment of an Academic Director could see the college swing into operation as early as July this year.

Applications are currently being invited for an inaugural Academic Director, a position offering a six figure salary similar to that offered equivalent roles in New Zealand universities.

The college grew from a vision of my late husband Sir Robert Mahuta over 30 years ago, Lady Raiha said. While the building was completed 10 years ago, the facility has been utilised for tribal administration and more importantly, has served as a research and reference centre to support the Waikato River Claim. We are extremely pleased to now be in a position to fully align with Sir Roberts vision which was for the tribes treaty settlement to provide an opportunity to grow the intellectual capacity of the tribe, as well as being a facility dedicated to research into tribal, cultural, environmental, social and economic progression.

In the last 10 years Waikato-Tainui has invested an estimated $8.5m in education grants to its tribal members, compared to pre-1995 when only $10,000 a year could be made available. As an important element of the Waikato River Deed of Settlement signed with the Crown in August 2008, $20m has been set aside for the college to use for research and initiatives that support the restoration and protection of the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River.

Lady Raiha says on-site residential accommodation will present students with a unique learning environment to undertake postgraduate studies. An advanced curriculum including management and director training, and tribal leadership programmes will be available not only to iwi, but to all New Zealanders as well as scholars from around the world. We have a new board of trustees in place who bring a wealth of expertise and have the highest calibre to guide the college into full operation, said Lady Raiha.

3 thoughts on “Waikato-Tainui Endowed College to open as early as July

  1. tena koe,
    I am looking for the email address of your Administrator Meraraina Herangi. She gave it to me earlier in the year when we were with you on a writing retreat and I have miss placed it.
    Would be very grateful if you can contact me regarding the Turangawaewae re-union book that was published earlier in the year.
    nga mihi nui

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