In 2006 the Division of Sciences produced a plan for Māori support and development within the Division. Te Timatanga is the result of many months of consultation with key stakeholders including academic staff, students and members of the wider university community as well as the local Māori community.
The document is a considerable achievement, but needs to be seen for what it is: an action plan that is designed to map a way forward. In 2007 Te Timatanga was translated into Te Reo, and is now available as a bilingual document.
Below is the executive summary from Te Timatanga. For a copy of the full document please contact us directly by email.
The purpose of this document – Te Timatanga - is to establish goals and objectives for Maori support and development within the Division of Sciences. Te Timatanga has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders over a period of nine months, and as it is a living document it will continue to develop. Te Timatanga can be seen as the Division's practical outworking of the University's Strategic Māori Framework and other policy documents.
Te Timatanga will:
- develop an environment where Te Reo and tikanga are recognised and accepted
- develop research that is of relevance to Māori, as well as research that is carried out in a way that is sensitive to Tikanga
- develop teaching that incorporates Te Ao Māori, and deliver teaching in a way that is appropriate to Māori students and their needs
- focus and improve recruitment, retention and support of Māori students
- focus and improve recruitment, retention and support of Maori staff
- establish oversight which will link the Division of Sciences with Ngāi Tahu and other stakeholders, as well as providing direction and accountability.
Many of the initiatives in Te Timatanga are already in progress while some will require a degree of development and time.