UCOL have whānau rooms based on Manawatū and Whanganui campuses. Te Hiringa i te Mahara and Te Whare Huihuinga are the names gifted, by mana-whenua kaumatua.
Within our whare a lived experience of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga to all is practised. This and other whakaaro like these, are what emulates a space where everyone is treated equally and made to feel they are in a safe space that is ‘oritetanga’.
Te Mana Tauira, Raukura - Māori and Pasifika Pastoral Care teams are based in these whare. Raukura’s tikanga naturally aligns with Te Whare Tapa Wha* through whakapiri (to engage), whakamarama (to enlighten), and whakamana (to empower) where our ākonga, kaimahi, and whānau-whanui in this space are enriched by each other’s journey.
Raukura is committed to Te Mana Tiriti through genuine application and understanding of:
Partnership – having genuine relations and working closely with internal stakeholders e.g. ELT, academic and general staff; and external stakeholders like whānau, hapū, and Iwi.
Participation – Powhiri/mihi whakatau, semesterised class orientation that support founding structures such as: whakawhanaungatanga, manaakitanga, pepeha, karakia, waiata, kapa haka, ngā haerenga ki te Marae, kōrerorero, kai-karanga, and kai-kōrero.
Protection – celebrating our indigeneity through every aspect of engagement e.g. Pasifika Fono, Matariki, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, karakia, waiata, kapa haka, graduation ceremonies and International Language Days.
Equity – Raukura intrinsically model these three principles in everyday engagement to ensure ōritetanga educational outcomes.
Nau mai haere mai ki te whare manaaki, whare tiaki me whare aroha katoa.
Mauri ora, mauri tū, mauri tonu
Te Hiringa I Te Mahara|
Te Hiringa I Te Mahara is located just off the central Atrium. With students popping in and out, the Whānau Room is the place to grab a cuppa, share kai, kōrero and join in on waiata practise.||
Whanganui’s Te Whare Huihuinga is located beside the UCOL library lounge and is a supportive hub for our students, with easy access to all wellbeing, learning and library services.|
Whakaoriori Wharenui at UCOL Wairarapa acknowledges the significant Māori influence within the region and we work closely with Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa. The Wharenui is available for public use, and includes the Whānau Room which is used by staff and students.