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Three Wânanga Have Changed The Lives Of Thousands


The Three Wânanga Have Changed The Lives Of Thousands Of People.

The attacks by opposition parties in Parliament on Te Wânanga Aotearoa (TWOA) does not inform the public of the amazing work that this newly created tertiary institution has done to change the lives of thousands of people who have enrolled in TWOA.

In the last ten years, the three Wânanga, Te Wânanga o Aotearoa. Te Whare Wânanga o Awanuiarangi and Te Wânanga o Raukawa have changed the lives of thousands of students for the better. Particularly Te Wânanga o Aotearoa.

It will be recorded in history that the three Wânanga, especially Te Wânanga o Aotearoa, has made a significant contribution to Mâoridom and to Aotearoa as a whole. Mâori tertiary numbers have trebled in the past five years mainly due to the dedication and the work of these institutions, especially Te Wânanga o Aotearoa. This is in line with the Government’s strategy for a knowledge society.

Te Tauihu o Ngâ Wânanga acknowledges the contribution of Te Wânanga o Aotearoa to Mâori language and culture revitalisation of Aotearoa-New Zealand through its innovative programmes spread throughout New Zealand.

Te Tauihu acknowledges further that TWOA is not simply encouraging Mâori students, for nearly one half of the student body are non-Mâori at Te Wânanga o Aotearoa. We play hosts to many indigenous groups from many parts of the world – United States, Canada, Alaska, Australia, Hawaii and Taiwan who come to seek and study Wânanga as a model that might be appropriate for their people in revitalising their own language and culture as well as ensuring increased participation at the tertiary level. Many are very envious of the strides we have taken.

Many students and staff past and present are not happy with the current criticism. They want Te Wânanga o Aotearoa to carry on the good work and they certainly will be voting for the party that supports its continuation rather than those who criticise some actions of this dynamic institution from behind the protected walls of Parliament.

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Turoa Royal
Turoa has extensive experience in education administration. As well as being the Chairman of Te Tauihu o Ngâ Wânanga Inc he is also Chairperson of the Mana Whakahaere (Council) of Te Wânanga o Raukawa. In addition, Turoa chairs the Executive Committee of the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) an international body of indigenous educational institutions in United States, Canada, Alaska, Australia, Hawaii, Taiwan and Saamiland.

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