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Te Toi o Matariki Student Graduate Conference

3-4 September 2009


As winter came to an end, the spring sunshine was welcomed on the 3rd of September by the conference committee as preparations in S Block began for the 3rd annual Te Toi o Matariki Māori Graduate conference. Meanwhile, a group of elite Māori postgraduate students from throughout the University were preparing themselves for their 15 minutes in the spotlight.  This was their chance to promote their research and to gain presenting experience in a supportive and encouraging academic forum.

To help provide inspiration to the presenters and the audience, the conference address was given by the esteemed Professor Linda Smith followed by keynote speakers on each morning. Past students, CEO of Waikato -Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc. Hemi Rau and current staff member Associate Professor Linda Nikora were both humourous and thought provoking and set a great tone for each day.

From the outset, the bar was set extremely high with each speaker following suit. It was evident that a great deal of preparation had gone into each presentation. Our judges had a tough job but with awesome prizes to give away, someone had to make the hard decisions.

The winners were as follows:

Highly commended school presentation
Waikato Management School

Best School Presentation

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao

Highly commended individual presentations

  1. Rangihurihia McDonald - He Waikōwharawhara (Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao).
  2. Duran Ormond - Annual Report Accountability for a Maori Trust Board (Waikato Management School).
  3. Paora Mato - Using a digital library as a Māori language learning resource: Issues and possibilities (Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao).
  4. Te Manaaroha Rollo - KĪNGITANGA:  Māori waiata and pūoro relating to the Kīngitanga (King Movement) from 1912 to 2006, and an electroacoustic composition as an extension of the tradition (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

Best Individual presentation

  1. Rangimarie Mahuika - Te Riu o Tane Mahuta: Possibilities for revitalizing Rangiwewehitanga through an iwi based curriculum (School of Education).

E mihi ana ki ngā toa, ā, ki ngā kaikōrero katoa i tū ki mua i te aroaro o te minenga. Kua takoto te mānuka, mā ngā tauira o āpōpō hei kawea ake. 

Hei whakamutunga, me mihi ka tika ki ngā tūao me ngā kaimahi katoa, koutou i kaha āwhina i te kaupapa.

Nā mātou te rōpū whakahaere.

 

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