Paiheretia te muka tangata
Paihere means to unite, bind or unify. In the context of this kaupapa, this whakataukī recognises the bringing together and binding of many strands of support for ākonga Māori who are new to Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury. Through Paihere, our UC Māori mentoring and leadership programme, ākonga Māori have the opportunity to connect with other more experienced ākonga.
Adopting a Kaupapa Māori framework centred on building a strong sense of whānau for ākonga Māori at UC, Paihere recognises the important role, and valued relationship, of tuākana and tāina - older and younger siblings. From a UC context, Tuākana are our Kaitaki, senior ākonga leaders who alongside Kaiāwhina, senior ākonga who have a strong record of academic achievement, both provide support and guidance for Tāina. This integrated approach ensures ākonga Māori who are new to UC are engaged, connected and supported as they navigate their first year of study here with us at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha. Paihere incorporates, explores and recognises the UC7 graduate attributes which align and underpin its foundation.
The Paihere programme is a programme that recognises the value of ako, complementary learning and is a collaboration with Kā Waimaero and Te Akatoki Māori Students' Association. Within Paihere the three complementary roles involves:
- Tāina: First year and new to UC ākonga Māori, including Takere and Kaitoko Māori Scholarship recipients
- Taurima: Ākonga Māori student leaders who provide live in support and mentoring during the Takere Academy over the summer
- Kaitaki: Ākonga Māori student leaders who provide mentoring and support for Tāina, community and event support on campus, such as Aukaha
- Kaiāwhina: Academic high achieving ākonga who provide tutoring
With a strong focus on peer networking, we encourage UC ākonga Māori to make the most of the learning opportunities available on campus and seek to connect students with peers that might be studying in the same areas as you.