May 16, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori Academic Achievement To Be Celebrated In Otaki

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A bumper celebration of Maori academic success is promised for Otaki this weekend with Te Wananga o Raukawa celebrating its 2014 graduation event this Saturday.

_MG_0895Coined Te Ra Whakapumau, the annual event will see the conferral of certificates, diplomas, degreesand postgraduate qualifications upon approximately 530 graduands.

Total attendance at the event is expected to swell to around 1500 as graduands friends and familytravel to Otaki to join the celebrations which will this year be held at the institutions award winningMaori lifestyle advancement complex Nga Purapura.

Te Wananga o Raukawa Tumuaki Mereana Selby says a highlight of Te Ra Whakapumau is thenumber of whanau who travel from all over the country to be there to support their loved ones ongraduation day.

Some of our graduands will travel from as far away as Kaikohe for graduation and despite the long distance; they will still arrive with a healthy contingent of wh?nau to share in their big day. There will be lots of haka, lots of waiata and lots of proud smiles as the qualifications are conferredupon our graduands in front of their friends and whanau.

Ms Selby says staff and students from the wananga Whare Toi faculty have been busy crafting over500 taonga that will be gifted to graduating students.

Every student who graduates with a diploma, degree or masters qualification will receive a handcarved taonga in recognition of their achievement. The taonga is a gift presented by theconfederation of the three founding iwi; Atiawa, Raukawa, and Toa Rangatira. These taongaacknowledge the achievement of the student, the commitment of their iwi, and TWoR as theirchoice for tertiary education.

Ponga are given at diploma level, patu at degree level and a taiaha at postgraduate level. Not onlydo you receive a tohu but you also receive a Maori taonga to commemorate and celebrate yoursuccess.

The event will also feature performances by Te Matatini 2015 Regional Finalists Te Kapa o TeMatapihi and Nga Uri o Tamarau, who both have a strong connection to Te Wananga o Raukawathrough participation in the institutions Whare Tapere literary performing arts programme.

Te Ra Whakapumau 2014 event will be held this Saturday 13 December at the Te Wananga oRaukawa Otaki campus from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Key Facts & Background Information: Te Ra Whakapumau 2014

Te Wananga o Raukawa (TWOR) is a kaupapa Maori tertiary education providerbased in Otaki, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Hailed at the time as the ‘smallest universityin the world’ Te Wananga o Raukawa was established by the Raukawa MaraeTrustees in 1981 with only two students.

530 TWOR students will graduate in Otaki this Saturday at the institutions annual TeRa Whakapumau graduation event.

A total of 1200 students will graduate from TWOR in 2014 with many having theirqualifications conferred upon them at smaller ceremonies held at TWOR satellitecampuses stationed throughout New Zealand.

Te Matatini 2015 Regional Finalists Te Kapa o Te Matapihi and Nga Uri o Tamarauwill perform at the graduation. Both groups were intakes of the 2014 TWOR WhareTapere (Literary Performing Arts) programme.

Of those students graduating in 2014, approximately 400 students will graduate witha diploma, 70 with a degree and 30 with a postgraduate (masters) qualification.

Eight students will graduate with a Tahuhu Whakaakoranga (Master of Education)qualification.

In a tradition unique to TWOR, all graduates who attain a qualification at diploma,degree or postgraduate level will receive a hand carved taonga (ponga, patu andtaiaha respectively) as a graduation keepsake and acknowledgement of theirachievement.

Up to 1500 people are expected to attend the event, many coming from outside ofthe Otaki region. The event will culminate in a h?kari (celebratory feast) for all inattendance.

For further information about Te Wananga o Raukawa or Te Ra Whakapumau 2014, please visit

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