This Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 5:30pm – 7:00pm in Archway 2 Lecture Theatre (This is a Public Lecture, open to all.)
The Fulbright/Te Tumu lecture by Sir Tamati Reedy (Ngāti Porou)
“Ngā Wai Whakaata o Hine-Kauorohia: The Reflecting Waters of Hine Kauorohia”
The Māori goddess Hine-kauorohia allows us to look into the stillness of her reflecting waters to see the past with clarity, gaze at ourselves in the shimmering present, and with a finger-touch, fathom a ruffled glimpse of the future.
The mauri, the life-essence, of Aotearoa New Zealand is our sense of nationhood. What is it? Who says so? I will focus on the themes of our history – Māori and Pākehā – reflecting on the hopes and promises of our partnership under the Treaty of Waitangi. I will comment especially on themes of our relationships: economic (land and people), socio-cultural (the realities of race-relations, identity and democracy), educational (the way to advantage), political (levers of power and privilege) and of course, my place as Māori in the future Aotearoa New Zealand.” – Sir Tamati Reedy
Dr Jim Williams giving the Te Tumu Seminar on Wednesday 8.
On Monday night, the Vice-Chancellor celebrated Te Tumu staff member, Dr Karyn Paringatai’s success, with an event attended by many people from within the university, including Te Tumu staff and students. See the Otago Bulletin story here.
Karyn won New Zealand’s top tertiary teaching award recently in Wellington, the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, based on utilising the pre-contact Māori pedagogy of teaching in complete darkness, which has proved to be outstandingly successful in her performing arts paper, MAOR108 Waiata: Te Tīmatanga. Listen to the Radio NZ interview and Dunedin Television item in which Karyn explains her teaching practice.
Karyn has undertaken significant research to ensure that her teaching in the dark, and has just published on this ‘A Return to the “Dark Ages”’ in the journal Akoranga 10 (2014).
Just this week Karyn also employed the same methods in a guest lecture for the 900 students of MAOR102: Māori Society, showing that this pedagogy can be applied to more than just performing arts. She is planning to continue to use and develop “teaching in the dark” and publish more on this research.