E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea
On 25 January 2016 an accidental fire affected one of our campus buildings. The building was under renovation to upgrade the library, establish a student centre, provide a large state of the art teaching space, include a set of carvings and include modern retrofitting.
We count ourselves extremely fortunate that the fire occurred on a public holiday which meant that no students and very few staff were on the premises, and no injuries to any person occurred. However, our library holdings were affected to a high degree. Not all, but a large number, of the resources held in the library sustained smoke and water damage. The good news is that our database was retrieved so we know what library holdings we had and this will assist in replenishing our stock. Added to that, we managed to save precious recording archives of historical material featuring oral literature; and a freezer that contained a number of native birds provided to us by the Department of Conservation for cultural use.
We are extremely grateful to the local Ōtaki Voluntary Fire Brigade who, despite attendances at a few previous false alarms (sometimes caused by somebody burning toast or the like, that consequently set off a fire alarm) were very quick in their response and in ensuring that the fire did not spread to other buildings close by.
Our thanks are also extended to members of the National Library who came to the campus the day after the fire to set up a treatment retrieval room, and to other libraries that made offers of library services or access to their library holdings.
On 18 February we received a visit from representatives of local district schools and colleges:
- Waikanae School,
- Ōtaki School,
- Raumati Beach School,
- Raumati South School,
- Paraparaumu College,
- Kapiti Primary School,
- Paraparaumu School,
- Waitohu School,
- Kenakena School,
- Kapanui School,
- Te Horo School,
- Ōtaki College.
Our local kura Māori (Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito and Te Kura-ā-Iwi-o-Whakatupuranga Rua Mano) assisted us to welcome and entertain our manuhiri. Our manuhiri brought their aroha in the spirit of rangatiratanga, kotahitanga, manaakitanga, and whanaungatanga and we are deeply touched by their kindness and solidarity.
Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa I`ēenei aahuatanga. Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou ka ora tō tātou wānanga .
Ka mate kāinga tahi ka ora kāinga rua
The old building is due to be demolished very soon and planning is now underway to erect a new building ready for use in the 2017 academic year.
Despite this recent setback we are determined that the event will not interrupt our academic programme, hence a temporary library space will be provided in 2016 and all required and recommended course readings will be available.
Ko te manu e kai ana te mātauranga, nōna te ao
We are now in the peak of enrolment time, with the academic year due to commence on 7 March. We welcome engagement by those who wish to undertake the educational offerings of the Wānanga, within a kaupapa/tikanga Māori framework.
While providing a model that ensures our students are competent in their understanding of themselves, their history, cultural practices, language and literature, Te Wānanga o Raukawa is also committed to educating and empowering students vocationally. Our graduates are able to offer dual competencies in a range of professions. This sets them apart and advantages them when presenting their profile for employment opportunities.
Programmes are offered at
- poupou (certificate),
- heke (diploma),
- poutuarongo (undergraduate degree),
- poutāhu (postgraduate diploma),
- tāhuhu (masters degree) and
- te kāurutanga (doctoral/post-doctoral) levels.
Study programmes are organised within a ‘Whare’ framework.
- Whare Oranga offers studies in whānau wellness; environmental management; physical wellbeing; health promotion; sport and exercise and holistic wellbeing.
- Whare Toi offers studies in literary performing arts and art and design
- Whare Mātauranga offerings include teaching; bilingual teaching; early childhood teaching and Māori laws and philosophy.
- Whare Kōkiri offers studies in mātauranga Maaori; administration; management; information management.
- Whare Kōrero provides teaching and support to students in their required study of iwi and hapū papers; and manages the te reo programme.
The Te Kāurutanga qualification is invitation based. (A future issue of Wānanga news for the Ōtaki Mail will focus on this qualification).
Te Wānanga o Raukawa is keen to engage our people in the pursuit of higher education that addresses their needs and aspirations, the benefits of which will flow on to the wider community of whānau, hapū, iwi and iwi whānui.
E ngā iwi, nau mai, haere mai.
Visit us at 144 Tasman Road, Ōtaki
Call us on 0800 WANANGA or
Email us at tetomonga@twor-ōtaki.ac.nz