The University is committed to supporting and encouraging the professional development of all staff and acknowledging staff who are making a genuine contribution to Māori development and the goals of the Māori Strategic Framework.
It is expected that staff and their managers will consider the goals of the Māori Strategic Framework and decide how it relates to their specific work environment. Once this has been determined, development plans can be identified.
There are a number of development opportunities available to staff both on and off-campus. Useful information is available at the Māori at Otago web site and the following list of links and resources is provided to assist you.
Learning Te Reo
There are a variety of resources which support the learning of the Māori language.
HR Training courses
Human Resources offers two introductory courses in te reo, which provide a safe learning environment for all beginners.
Find out about HR Māori language courses (scroll down the page)
Contact staff in Te Tumu for more information on where and when Wānanga Reo are being held this year.
These are intensive week-long immersion hui; contact either staff at Te Tumu or the Office of Māori Development for information on the next Kura Reo.
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa offers Te Ara Reo Māori which has a specific te reo focus.
The Higher Education Development Centre offers some great courses relating to Māori culture. These include:
- Māori Culture
- Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi
- Advanced Treaty of Waitangi
MAORI120: Introduction to the Māori World
This summer school course is available to staff at no cost, and introduces the Māori world, including cultural concepts and practices, Treaty of Waitangi, pronunciation, greetings, songs, and forms of language appropriate to work contexts. Includes cultural experience practicum.
There are also a number of online resources to assist you with learning te reo Māori:
Using Māori in the University booklet
Te Reo Māori I Roto I Te Whare Wānanga / Using Māori in the University is a booklet designed to assist University staff to incorporate some Māori language into their everyday life and into the wider life of the University.
A set of textbooks, study guides, CDs, teachers' manuals and a dictionary for learning and teaching Māori language. This website also provides access to a further range of associa;ted free online resources for independent learning and interaction.
Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori/Māori Language Commision’s Language Gateway for all learners of Te Reo.
Study the basics of the Māori Language, through online video movie lessons. Learn to korero or speak Te Reo Māori and get links to Māori Language resources and organisations to help you.
A good online dictionary offering Māori to English and English to Māori translations.