Uni-wide Pōwhiri & VC Welcome
Last Wednesday 24 February 2010 here at Waikato University, Te Kohinga Mārama Marae was packed with the hundreds of first year students and their families who partook in the Uni-Wide Pōwhiri or welcome.
In addition to being formally welcomed according to Māori tradition it was also an opportunity for students to connect with key services to help support them during their studies.
People came from all corners of the country as well as overseas to ensure there correct transition from ‘visitor’ to becoming one of the ‘home people’.
Once the official part of the pōwhiri had finished, Vice Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford offered his words of welcome and wisdom followed by local Māori MP Hon Nanaia Mahuta who had some awesome thoughts to share with the students in the hope that it may offer some help and guidance during their journey at University. Nanaia’s main advice, which is a must for all students, was to “work hard, then play hard”!
Pāwhiritia tēnei hei pānui i roto i Te Reo Māori.