Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Marae experience for international students

Media release

Marae experience for international students

Some of Southland’s international students now know the true meaning of manaakitanga.

On Saturday 17 August, 26 international students were hosted on Murihiku Marae for the opportunity to learn more about Te Ao Maori (the Maori world).

As part of the day students were welcomed onto the Marae with a traditional Powhiri, heard the history of Ngai Tahu and learnt about the importance of the Titi Islands for local Maori.

The event was organised by Great South and Waihopai Rūnanga as part of an overarching initiative to welcome international students to the region and share Southland’s culture.

Great South chief executive Ann Lockhart said initiatives like this help to foster diversity, understanding and play a strong role in attracting international students to Southland.

“By offering students an opportunity to engage and learn more about our Southern Maori culture we position ourselves as a unique and culturally diverse educational destination,”

The students who attended were from ten different countries and are all currently enrolled at the Southern Institute of Technology.

As part of administering the Regional Partnership Programme for Education New Zealand, Great South supports the Southern Education Alliance to create initiatives that attract and welcome international students to the region.

Ms Lockhart said attracting international students to Southland was essential to achieving the goals outlined in the Southland Regional Development Strategy.

“As international students add vibrancy to the region and help support the development of our local industries, it’s important that we can offer welcoming initiatives and share our southern hospitality to help them to feel part of the community,” Ms Lockhart said.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Facebook Announces New Changes: Combating Hate And Extremism

Some of these changes predate the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, but that attack, and the global response to it in the form of the Christchurch Call to Action, has strongly influenced the recent updates to our policies and their enforcement. More>>

Amazon Confirms: Lord Of The Rings Series To Shoot In NZ

Amazon Studios announced today that its series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings will shoot in New Zealand. Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months. More>>


Birds: Dunedin's Bells Ring As City Celebrates Its Albatross

The city's churches, schools and public buildings bells would chime in unison from 1pm, in what has been a long-standing tradition marking the return of the birds - and a farewell to this season's albatross chicks. More>>

Oscar Buzz: Waititi's Jojo Rabbit Wins People's Choice Award At Toronto

Taika Waititi's new film Jojo Rabbit has nabbed the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award at the close of Toronto International Film Festival. More>>


Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland