Te Roopu Māori | Issue 1

Tenei te mihi ki a koutou nga tauira hou o Te Whare Wananga o Otakou! Nau mai, haere mai, rarau mai ra ki raro i te tahuhu o Ngai Tahu ratou ko Ngati Mamoe me Waitaha.†

Kia Ora koutou and welcome to Otago Uni!

Hope you have all got amongst O-Week, made some new friends, joined some clubs, checked out the night life and just generally had a great time. For those of you who didnt manage to come over to Te Roopu māori whare (523 Castle Street), Nau Mai haere mai tauti mai. If you need a quiet space, cuppa tea or some good banter come on over when ever you want, the door is always open!.
So you might be thinking, what and who is Te Roopu Māori, so here is the lowdown.

Te Roopū Māori emerged from the need to provide a social network of support for Māori students at Otago University to advance tino rangatiratanga within the context of tertiary education. Over the years Te Roopū Māori grew from a kapa haka group in the 1960ís into an incorporated society in the mid-1990ís with three basic aims: recruitment, retention and results for Māori students with the core function of Te Rito (the executive) to facilitate access to tertiary education.

As Te Roopū we fulfil many functions on campus. As a political body we strive to represent Māori studentís interests within the University. This is achieved by Te Roopūís representation on committees at all levels within the University. As well as the political aspect Te Roopū provides for the cultural and social needs of Māori students on campus. Socially Te Roopū organises social and sporting events throughout the year. We also work to provide a sense of whanaungatanga for Māori students at Otago.

†Kei konei tatou katoa mo te take kotahi, hei whai matauranga, hei whai i te ara tika mo to tatou nei iwi Maori! mo o tatou nei tamariki, mokopuna hoki! A, anei he whakatauki hei timata i to tau†
ďMa te rongo, ka moohio; Ma te moohio, ka maarama; Ma te maarama, ka maatau; Ma te maatau, ka ora!Ē

Through resonance comes cognisance; through cognisance comes understanding; through understanding comes knowledge; through knowledge comes life and well-being.

No reira, whaia te iti kahurangi! A, he mihi maioha tenei ki a koutou mai i matou nga tauira katoa o Te Roopu Maori!

Mauri Ora
This article first appeared in Issue 1, 2012.
Posted 5:07pm Saturday 25th February 2012 by Te Roopu Maori.