We’re all looking for a place to fit in. That one place where we can wholeheartedly be ourselves, with no over-shadowing high school reputation AND unapologetically Māori. Though some may not see it as such, the University of Waikato is distinctively Māori and Indigenous – and that is something to be absolutely proud of! Massive to our distinctiveness is our roopū tauira Māori, faculty-based or non.
Roopū Māori is without a doubt the safest place to practice your Māoritanga. Whether you’re fluent in te reo Māori, speak pigeon Māori or have no knowledge at all, we’re all on this journey together irrespective of where you sit on the spectrum. There’s no Māori-ness. You are who you are #GrowthMindset
You may have had a weekend haka marathon and come across Te Waiora, are an aspiring Māori lawyer, or keen to be involved in the Māori management, education, engineering or geography sectors. Wherever your journey might take you, just know that there is so much support for you, your tamariki, your partner and your whānau.
But most importantly, I reassure you that these roopū WILL be your bastion of support while you figure this Uni thing out <3. While the Māori mentors are your Uni aunties and uncles, the roopū are your Uni cousins… or not lol…
You may have made a dick of yourself on the drink during O’Week… don’t hide from it, grow from it! What’s the bet you didn’t even start drinking ‘til you moved into the halls! Soldier on young fulla. You’re probably never going to try again, or you are. Whatever decision you make, it’s up to you. Give in to your vulnerability and shame ‘cos it’ll pass. Lesgooo with three of our top drinking tikanga tips!
1. Be polite. If you’re off to a house party, go and meet the host.
2. You’ll probably get invited back if you do the following:
Don’t be a tool and bring your unwanted mates. You know ‘those ones’ like Mr Wreck it Ralph, Mr Steal Your Guy or Girl, Mr Has One Drink and is Overs etc.
3. Lastly, clean as you go! Know where the recycling bin is and throw empty toilet rolls in the bin.
Honestly, as a party host, this is gold.
Te Waiora o Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Co-Presidents: Kiritopa Allen, Khaysharn Kingi-Takoko
Facebook: Te Waiora 2020 / Ngā mahi haka ā Te Waiora
Māori Law Students’ Association
Co-Presidents: Akasha Rio, Sara Hape
Facebook: Te Whakahiapō (TW) – Waikato Maaori Law Students’ Association
Te Ranga Ngāku
Māori Management Students’ Association
Co-Presidents: Louise Tarawa, Waimatao Wilson
Facebook: Te Ranga Ngāku Incorporated
Māori Sports and Education
Co-Presidents: Ria Nathu, Te Aiahi Whiu
Facebook: Tūmata Kōkiri
STEM Pacifika and Māori
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Club
Co-President Māori: Taiawhio Waipoua-Bryers
Vice-President Māori: Tangiora Maney
Facebook: STEM Pacifika and Maori
Te Tini o Hakuturi
Māori Environmental Planning and Geography Students’ Association
Co-Presidents: Te Rua Wārahi, Te Riria Potiki
Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies Roopū
Co-Presidents: Luke Moss, Jasmine Sampson
Facebook: FMIS Maaori Students’ Association – Te Whare Waananga o Waikato