E kore e taea e te whenua kotahi ki te raranga i te whāriki,
Kia mōhio ai tātou ki a tātou,
Mā te mahitahi o ngā whenu,
Mā te mahitahi o ngā kairaranga ka oti tēnei whāriki.
I te otinga, me titiro tātou ki ngā mea pai ka puta mai,
Ā tana wā hoki me titiro ki aua raranga i makere,
Nō te mea, he kōrero anō kei reira.
"The tapestry of understanding cannot be woven by one strand alone. Only by the working together of strands and the working together of weavers will such a tapestry be completed. With its completion let us look at the good that comes from it and, in time we should also look at those stitches which have been dropped because they also have a message." - Kukupa Tirikatene
Māori talent strategy
At Te Whare Takiura o Manukau (MIT), we are committed to creating a work environment where all our people can celebrate their diversity and flourish professionally. When you join the MIT whānau you will see our commitment to increasing the number of kaimahi Māori at all levels of our organisation. We are creating valuable development and growth opportunities and have a dedicated talent acquisition strategy in place.
You can also find out more about Māori at MIT here.
Te Tāwharau Māori Caucus
Te Tāwharau is the Kaimahi Māori Caucus at MIT and is for all Kaimahi Māori and other staff who share the values of Te Tāwharau.
We have a "voice" at all levels of MIT - governance, MIT Runanga including academic and Allied forums and a direct relationship with the Pou Hautu (Co-Leader, Unitec/MIT), Keith Ikin.
We awhi and manaaki kaimahi Māori and ensure you are connected to Te Ao Māori and have a voice in the decisions that affect us as Kaimahi Māori.
We are also called in to assist with Kaupapa Māori across the institute and also support our Tauira Māori to achieve during their time with us.
Celebration of Māori/Māori events
Many of the Institute events are opened and closed by the Te Tari Mātauranga Māori team, including kaupapa Māori events. Most notable are the pōwhiri for our students at orientation and the welcoming of staff in our onboarding process. We also support many other events, including:
- Tuku Taonga
- Memorial Day
- Nga Kete Wananga's birthday
- Kaimahi Māori events
- 50th Jubilee
- Te Matatiini Kapahaka
- Wakaama National Champs
- Iwi games
- Te Toi Tauira mō te Matariki
- Te Koroneihana
- Māori sports awards
Community engagement and networking
MIT works on a wide range of activity with the following Māori organisations:
Te Tiriti ō Waitangi
MIT works to respect the Māori version of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and has over the years made it more visible across our organisation. With the Rūnanga and Te Komiti Tangata Whenua, we have continued to develop strategies in serving the needs of all our people. The Nga Kete Wānanga Marae is the heart of MIT and the centre focus for the obligations of Te Tiriti. MIT staff are offered the opportunity to participate in cultural competency workshops to support our individual understandings and commitment to Te Tiriti ō Waitangi as we perform our day-to-day roles.
The role of the MIT Rūnanga is to bring a diverse Māori voice from across Tamaki Makaurau to engage at a governance level. The Rūnanga advocates to Te Pūkenga (NZIST) MIT Board about the direction of the Māori Education Strategy and to uphold and protect, and promote Te Tiriti ō Waitangi, including MIT’s responsibilities and obligations.
Ngā Kete Wānanga Marae
Ngā Kete Wānanga (The baskets of knowledge) Marae complex officially opened in 1999, guided by our local Iwi. The whenua (land) on which the marae is situated is Tainui and MIT respects Tainui kawa (customs) and tikanga. The marae is the cultural center of Te Whare Takiura o Manukau and is the gateway to the Institute for our staff, students and visitors. Ngā Kete Wānanga underpins the three baskets of knowledge which guide the teaching spaces around the marae, a wharekai (eating place) named Tahua Roa, and the main reception area:
Te Kete Uruuru Matua: The centre of the marae also known as the wharenui, features 75 individual carvings by Pakiri Harrison.
Te Kete Uruuru Tau: This basket of knowledge brings teaching from war, agriculture, woodwork, stonework and earthwork.
Te Kete Uruuru Rangi: This basket represents the teachings of sacred knowledge, karakia and ritual.
Pōwhiri is a ceremony where the Haukainga/Tangata Whenua (home people of the marae) welcome Manuhiri (visitors) onto their marae. It is the foremost step to welcoming our staff, students and visitors to Te Whare Takiura o Manukau. Ngā Kete Wānanga Marae is the center point of our Tikanga (cultural practice) here at MIT. Our values connect us to the essence of Manaakitanga, the welcoming of Manuhiri through the Pōwhiri process. Once welcomed into the MIT whānau through the pōwhiri, you too will be able to call Ngā Kete Wānanga Marae and MIT home.
Te Rautaki Mātauranga – Māori strategic plan
We promote Māori living and learning as Māori for all our people. A thriving, diverse Māori community raises social outcomes for all. Te Rautaki is underpinned by Mason Durie’s vision for Māori education:
To live as Māori
Being able to have access to Te Ao Māori, The Māori world – language, culture, cultural practice, marae, and resources, Iwi, Hapū and Whānau.
To actively participate as citizens of the world
Higher education should open doors to technology, economy, arts and sciences, understanding others and making a contribution to the greater good.
To enjoy good health and a high standard of living
Educational achievement correlates directly with employment, income levels, standards of health and quality of life.