Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!
Haere tou te mihi atu ki a koe, otirā, ki a koutou katoa kua tae mai ki tēnei wāhaka o te ipuraki kimi kōrero ai mō kā mahi e haria ana e Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo. Nō reira, nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai. Kia kaha mai ki te kimi i kā whakamārama mō kā akoraka e hiahiatia ana e koe. Ko tō mātou manako kai tō mātou nei Whare Wānanga kā akoraka e hākai ana ki tāhau e hiahia ai. Hai.
E kā mana, e kā reo, e kā mauka whakahī, e kā awaawa, e kā pātaka o kā taoka tuku iho, tēnā koutou. Nei te reo rāhiri o Tahu Potiki e karaka atu ana ki a koutou katoa.
Firstly, as Director of Māori Development at Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, I want to thank you for visiting this site, Māori ki Otāgo. Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo wants to continue contributing to iwi aspirations and Māori development - for more than a century, this University has valued its strong links with Māoridom.
Our first Māori graduate, Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck), qualified as a doctor in 1904. Many of our distinguished Māori graduates in the early years trained as health professionals, but today Otago attracts tauira Māori (Māori students) from throughout the country and across all disciplines.
While the University has a special partnership with Ngāi Tahu, as mana whenua within its takiwā (tribal area) of Te Wai Pounamu, it also has Treaty-based partnerships with a number of other iwi: Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Porou Hauora (Ngāti Porou), Ngāti Toa, Te Atiawa and Tipu Ora Charitable Trust (Te Arawa).
The University's commitment to iwi aspirations and Māori development is articulated in its Māori Strategic Framework, which is a platform for the collective commitment to excellence in educational outcomes for all who come to Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo. We wish our students and our staff every success in their academic and professional endeavours.
Director, Māori Development.