‘The world belongs to the bird who feasts on education!’
On Thursday 12th May the first graduation for the year took place at Te Kohinga Mārama Marae where the many graduands were given their wings to fly and conquer the world. Many victorious graduates were awarded degrees at Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate levels. This is THE day of days for the University as a whole as it is the one event on the calendar that validates, signifies, celebrates and recognises the efforts of the graduates, staff and most importantly all the family, friends and community wide support networks.
The University holds two types of graduations annually which all students can opt to graduate from, one at Founders Theatre and the other at the Marae. The graduations held at the Marae are especially unique and different in that reo and tikanga Māori guide the proceedings and is open to all family and friends who are given space to express their joy and acknowledge the graduates in their own special ways.
The ātea was alive with oratory, chanting, haka, song, poems, tributes and tears of happiness in honour and recognition of the graduates and the people who supported them on their journey.
Although the occasion embraces all creeds and religions, there was however a challenge laid out to protect our reo and ensure its solitary use on the pae during formal occasions and to not accomodate or allow for different languages to govern or filter kawa and tikanga Māori as it unfortunately did that day. In saying that order was restored and the Mana returned to the tangata whenua whilst maintaining a good spirit and peace throughout those who attended the day.
Pāwhiritia tēnei hei pānui i roto i Te Reo Māori