May 17, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Pae Ruha made Hunter Fellow

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Victoria University has honoured a kuia who has made a major impact on Maori language and cultural development in the Wellington region for the past 60 years.

Te Paekiomeka (Pae) Ruha from Te Whanau-a-Apanui and Ngati Porou has been made a Hunter Fellow, which recognises people who have made a substantial contribution to the university.

Mrs Ruha says she feels her most important achievement was her work with the university’s Te Herenga Waka Marae, which she has been associated with since its inception in 1986.

As well as sharing her knowledge and life experience with staff and students of the university, she has judged the annual Maori Language Week debates, assessed students on marae practicum as part of the Te Kawa o te Marae course, and supported numerous hui.

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