Fri 17 Nov 2017

Maori Governance Course for WITT

A community leader is welcoming a course which teaches business skills with a tikanga Māori perspective.

The level four New Zealand Certificate in Māori Governance will begin at WITT in December and comes soon after WITT signed a memorandum of understanding with two Taranaki iwi, Taranaki and Te Atiawa.

Wharehoka Wano, Te Kahui o Taranaki general manager, has welcomed the announcement.

“Taranaki and Te Atiawa Iwi have focused on supporting our marae and hapū committees with governance training and these programmes give us the ability to grow governance capacity amongst our people,’’ he said.

The programme builds first level management skills and will be delivered mainly on weekends.

WITT Faculty Leader Nita Hutchinson said the programme would contribute to professional, ethical, social and culturally responsive Māori leadership and had been brought to Taranaki by WITT in response to iwi demand.

It teaches the skills required to contribute to Māori cultural, educational and economic aspirations and graduates would be able to fulfil a range of kaupapa Māori based governance roles

The programme is modelled on the Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology programme, where three separate intakes are catering for 16-20 students each.

Heddell Raerino, Head of Department- Bicultural, Bridging and Foundation at Toi-Ohomai, has been on one of the courses himself and can testify to the value of it.

“For most who attend it is the first step – they have little or no governance experience and are not sure what to do.”

The courses provide information on budgets, finance and governance issues while also considering

·         Kotahitanga (togetherness, unity)
·         Whanaungatanga (kinship, family connections
·         Kaitiakitanga  (guardianship, stewardship)
·         Pono/tika   (truth, correctness, fairness)
·         Rangatiratanga  (sovereignty, self-determination)

Heddell Raerino said the course is valuable to both Māori and non-Māori and non-Māori have enrolled in at Toi-Ohomai to get a better understand of Māori concepts and values.

·         Mana Taiko – Toro Parirau (Kaupaa 4) – NZ Certificate in Maori Governance (Level 4) will start in December. To express your interest or to find out more, email business@witt.ac.nz