University of Canterbury announces Office of Treaty Partnership, the Ngāi Tahu Centre

October 1, 2021

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the University of Canterbury (UC) have announced the establishment of an Office of Treaty Partnership, Kā Waimaero | the Ngāi Tahu Centre.

The announcement signals progressive new changes to the structure of the University to acknowledge mana whenua Treaty Partners – believed to be a first for Aotearoa New Zealand universities. The UC Council and the board of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have endorsed the establishment of an Office of Treaty Partnership on campus.

The establishment of the Ngāi Tahu Centre will create a tangible space that represents the partnership and works directly with the Vice-Chancellor to oversee the implementation of the partnership agreement and provide strong Māori academic leadership on a pan-university basis.

Associate Professor Te Maire Tau, who is also Ngāi Tūāhuriri Ūpoko, will become Pou Whakarae of the Ngāi Tahu Centre, signifying a direct relationship with the Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey, and a commitment to working towards an education system that includes te ao Māori, Māori world views and mātauranga, and upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the University of Canterbury.

“We are inspired by the Ngāi Tahu whakataukī: mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us,” Professor De la Rey says.

Photo caption: Associate Professor Te Maire Tau and Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey

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