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Source: Massey University

Tania Jahnke (seated, centre) with Dr Christina Severinsen, a senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences (standing) and year 12 and 13 pupils from Freyberg High School, Manukura and Palmerston North Girls’ High School at the Manawatū campus Te Manu Taikō session.

Te Manu Taikō concluded at the Wellington campus this month, having hosted the kaupapa Māori programme for years 12 and 13 secondary schools pupils earlier in the year at the Manawatū and Auckland campuses. .

Māori recruitment adviser Tania Jahnke says it was an opportunity to host a one-day event on each campus for local Māori secondary pupils to examine cultural leadership and identity in the educational setting.

“The Māori learners also experienced hands-on activities and presentations that showcased Massey offerings, and support that is available for Māori students,” Miss Jahnke says.

Each campus had a different feel and vibe, and each event received positive feedback from the students.

Maraea Golias, from Wellington Girls’ College, says, “It was great seeing how much support Massey gives Māori students and how much Te Ao Māori is included at Massey.”

Amokura Manuera, from Freyberg High School, says she really enjoyed the experience. “I have learnt a lot more than what I came here knowing, getting more insight into what it’s like at university really helps out, because then we are able to think whether or not it suits us. I really enjoyed the entire day, learning new things, gaining knowledge about different areas I hadn’t really thought about.  Everything we done today will benefit every single one of us here.”