Te Puna Aurei LearnFest
Te Puna Aurei LearnFest is an annual symposium organised by Te Puna Ako Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning at the University of Waikato.
Announcing Te Puna Aurei LearnFest22 Higher Education Symposium (in partnership with Cardiff University)
Come and join engaged academics and educators from around the world in a two-day exploration of contemporary tertiary education!
Te Puna Aurei LearnFest is an annual symposium organised by Te Puna Ako - Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning (CeTTL) at the University of Waikato.
This year, Te Puna Aurei LearnFest will be a virtual conference jointly delivered by Te Puna Ako/CeTTL and Cardiff University.
Save the date:
Wednesday, 23 November 2022 – Thursday, 24 November 2022 (NZ time)
The theme for 2022 is Revitalisation:
Please note: the explanation of the theme below alternates between English, Te Reo Māori, and Welsh.
Call for Presenters:
Click here to register your interest in presenting.
To facilitate participation for our international participants, the timetabling of sessions will be determined with participants’ time zones in mind.
Questions? Please contact us at [email protected]
What does Te Puna Aurei mean?
Te Puna Aurei, the name gifted by Associate Professor Tom Roa, means a spring of intertwining knowledge. A puna is a spring of water and aurei is concept of threading things together. LearnFest is about threading together people, learning, research and current or emerging pedagogies.
This name also refers to the University's sculpture Aurei by Waikato Alumnus Rangi Kipa (pictured below). The sculpture sews together the past to the future aspirations. At a deeper level Aurei was inspired by a whakataukī (Māori proverbial saying) from the first Māori king, Kīngi Pōtatau: Kotahi to kohao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro mā, te miro pango, te miro whero meaning there is but one eye of the needle which the white thread, black thread and red thread must pass.