The next two years look set to be an exciting period of change, kaupapa, and mahi for Te Toi Ahurangi and Te Uepū Māori, with Te Mahere Mahi setting out the kaupapa of importance for Māori in TEU.

Te Mahere Mahi was created by Te Toi Ahurangi in February 2021 and further developed with Te Uepū members and Māori staff at the four Hui-ā-Rohe during March-April 2021. Kaupapa within Te Mahere Mahi includes the review of TEU rules, Te Koeke Tiriti workshops, continued engagement with Te Pūkenga, Te Kotahi Mano, rangahau projects, policy reviews, Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry, Te Reo Māori Strategy, Māori Employment Strategy, and work on the NZQA Qualifications Framework.

TEU Tumu Arataki Hūhana Wātene says Te Mahere Mahi poses many challenges, but even greater opportunities as Te Toi Ahurangi and Te Uepū Māori look to the two years ahead,

‘With Matariki upon us, whānau around the motu will be not only be celebrating the Māori new year but taking stock of the year that has been and preparing for the year ahead. For Te Toi Ahurangi, Te Uepū Māori and all TEU members, it’s also a fantastic chance to revisit the kaupapa within Te Mahere Mahi and recommit to this important mahi’.

TEU’s rangahau projects aim to advance the aspirations of Māori within TEU and validate Mātauranga and Kaupapa Māori. As part of this rangahau, the TEU Whitestreaming Report will be refreshed from 2016 to present, with proposals also developed for rangahau on the Mana Project – Mana Tāngata, Mana Mahi – to investigate and address racism, bullying, and harassment, and the Hītori Uniana Māori Project.

Our policy review aims to create a framework to review current and develop new policies, and to apply this framework to both the TEU Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and Te Reo Rangatira policies, respectively, while our work toward the Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry will see TEU work with the CTU Rūnanga and NAC to contribute to the claim through the voices of both wāhine Māori and non-wāhine Māori who have stories to share.

TEU’s Te Reo Māori Strategy, together with our rules review and Te Koeke Tiriti workshops, is another important kaupapa within our Tiriti journey. The Te Reo Māori Strategy aims to increase the usage and member and staff confidence with Te Reo Māori through the creation, implementation, and monitoring of a meaningful Te Reo Māori Strategy.

Finally, our collective efforts towards creating places and spaces for Māori to work within tertiary education institutions continues with our Māori Employment Strategy. The Strategy will guide TEU in our kōrero and planning for the development of numeric targets to employ more Māori into tertiary education institutions.