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NZIST Visits

On Monday, Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd. welcomed NZIST Council members to the Madras Street campus with a mihi whakatau.

The attendees, who were gathering in Christchurch for their August Council meeting, were greeted on the Madras Campus North Green by Te Marino Lenihan, Ara Kaiārahi and Director of Maori Development; Tony Gray, CE; Hemi Hoskins, HOD of Te Hoe Aronui (Humanities); Hūmārie Chick, Project Lead - Māui Te Tauira Mentoring Programme and other Ara leaders to mark their first-ever visit to an Ara campus.

Heperi Harris, Manager of Te Puna Wānaka, addressed the NZIST representatives with a formal speech of welcome in Te Reo Māori to Ara and on behalf of NZIST Will Workman, NZIST’s Māori Advisor, replied, followed by some brief welcoming comments from Te Marino Lenihan and Murray Strong, Chair of NZIST Council in English.

By way of conclusion, all attendees were invited to file past and make contact with the Ara pounamu stone, ‘Hiwa-i-te-rangi’, named for the eighth Matariki star, the “wishing star”, which helps people to become aware of their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the coming year.