Waikato University maintains relationship with Kiingitanga

Now in its eighth year, Kīngitanga Day is an annual event that recognises the University of Waikato’s unique identity, distinctive culture and special relationships with Waikato-Tainui and especially the Kīngitanga.

This year’s Kīngitanga Day will feature a guest panel with speakers from different iwi and backgrounds invited to give their perspectives on the concept of kotahitanga. Speakers include Che Wilson, Dr. Will Edwards, Tania Simpson and Veronica Tawhai.

Bilingual broadcaster and communications specialist Wena Harawira (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Tūhoe) will be the panel facilitator.

Kīngitanga Day also features a range of talks and other panel discussions, including Hauora Māori with Professor Ross Lawrenson, Dr. Tom Roa and Associate Professor Tahu Kukutai who will discuss key issues in Māori health. The library will be hosting life-size board games in Māori, and there will be an opportunity to learn words and actions to a traditional haka.

University Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori Professor Linda Smith says, “Kīngitanga Day is a great opportunity to strengthen and build on these relationships. It’s our chance to engage with the wider community, and there are lively sessions on a range of relevant topics, not just about the Kīngitanga, but about Māori perspectives, innovations, and ideas.”

No classes are scheduled on the day, which gives staff and students a chance to get involved. Kīngitanga Day is on September 8, starts at 9am and all activities are free. The public is also welcome to attend.

For more information, and to see the full programme and speaker list, visit www.waikato.ac.nz/events/kingitanga/.