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 of Canterbury |Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.
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,” Gabrielle Huria, Ngāi Tūāhuriri Representative said.
UC Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack said: “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.”