Ngāi Tūāhuriri and UC formalise longstanding relationship

04 March 2019

Ngāi Tūāhuriri and the University of Canterbury signed a partnership agreement on Saturday at Tuahiwi marae to formalise and extend the longstanding relationships between the hapū, including the relationship with Te Rūnanga of Ngāi Tahu, and the University.

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    UC Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack and Chair of Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, Arapata Reuben, after signing the agreement at Tuahiwi marae on Saturday.

Ngāi Tūāhuriri and University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha signed a partnership agreement on Saturday 2 March at Tuahiwi marae to formalise and extend the longstanding relationships between the hapū, including the relationship with Te Rūnanga of Ngāi Tahu, and the University. 

The agreement, which outlines the principles and mechanisms for working together into the future, is consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles. This includes supporting the use of te reo and Tikanga Māori at UC, and supporting Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu students and aspirations for Ngāi Tahu development in the Canterbury region and beyond.

“Ngāi Tahu takes academic achievement in all disciplines seriously. We are excited about this partnership because it will help contribute to the relevance of the University to the regional economy and to Māori,” says Ngāi Tūāhuriri representative Gabrielle Huria.

UC Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack says: “This is a journey UC began a long time ago in developing a greater understanding of cultural inclusiveness and the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi in action.”

For further information please contact:

Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 27 254 3949margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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