UC Tūmahana | UC Foundation

UC Tūmahana | UC Foundation

UC Tūmahana | University of Canterbury Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
The University of Canterbury's tradition of excellence in higher education continues. From its earliest beginnings in 1873, philanthropic support and the generosity of donors and supporters has played a major part in making the university the respected institution it is today. The UC Foundation is dedicated to continuing that tradition.

Tūmahana is a name that is synonymous with a gift exchange.  In te ao Māori, we often celebrate kaihaukai - tribal feasts - where the reciprocal present of food is given by one kinship group to the other, a time each year when everyone gathers and brings a contribution to the table – the delicacies that reflect the places they come from and the resources from their respective iwi, hapū or whānau areas.  Everyone then sits to eat and share in the hākari (feast).  Tūmahana also signifies the return of a gift.  It’s a physical manifestation of the value of manaakitanga