Otago Polytechnic

Te kaha o kā mahi tahi ā-kākano maha

New Zealand's biculturalism model empowers exploration of cultural identities here and overseas.

Ka whakamana te tauira kākanoruataka o Aotearoa i te whakatewhatewhataka o kā tuakiri ā-iwi ki konei, ki tāwāhi hoki.


New Zealand is a country with a unique relationship with its indigenous people through the Treaty of Waitangi, a relationship built on a foundation of partnership. The resulting biculturalism model is being implemented at Otago Polytechnic, incorporating iwi-specific Māori knowledge and customs into our learning environment. 

Ron Bull's research explores issues of identity at the intersection of different cultures, and at the intersection of the extraordinary or explicit with the mundane or implicit. With international consultant Carolyn Levy he found that it was more effective to take explicit and obvious approaches to incorporating knowledge and customs alongside a more subtle implicit approach. The explicit approach provides signposts to knowledge and customs, whereas the implicit approach embedded these elements, allowing for 'under the radar' transmission and normalisation of knowledge.  

This work has been of interest to an international audience as an example of how first nations peoples can understand themselves and conceive of ways they can evolve and change that deconstruct and re-organise the cultural field. As a result Otago Polytechnic has been able to build collaborative relationships with international institutions grappling with similar issues. Cross-cultural partnerships provide an opportunity to learn from one another.


He honoka tūhāhā tā te whenua o Aotearoa ki te takata whenua mā te Tiriti o Waitangi, he honoka i haka i ruka i te rakapū. E whakatinanahia ana te tauira kākanorua i puta mai ki Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, ā, e whakauru ana i kā mātauraka ā-iwi, i kā tikaka hoki ki tō mātou wāhi ako.

Ka whakatewhetewha te rakahau a Ron Bull i kā take tuakiri kei te rīpekataka o kā iwi rerekē, ā, kei te rīpekataka o kā mea autaia me kā mea tīahoaho ki kā mea noa me kā mea pūmau. I kimihia e rāua ko Carolyn Levy, he mātaka nō tāwāhi, he pai ake mēnā ka mahi tahi i kā aka tīahoaho me kā aka pūmau kia whakauru i te mātauraka me kā tikaka. I whakarato i te aka tīahoaho i kā tohu kia whai mātauraka, kia whai tikaka; ekari ka whakauru te aka pūmau i ēnei āhuataka, ā, ka taea te mātauraka te tuku iho koropuku, te whakamāori hoki.

He whaipāka tēnei mahi ki te ao tāwāhi, nā te mea he tauira tēnei mō kā iwi taketake kia whakamārama i ō rātou ake anō, ā, ka taea e kā iwi taketake te aroā ētahi ako kia whakawhanake, kia whakarerekē hoki, hei whakarite anō i kā āhuataka ahurea. Me te aha, ka taea te haka honoka e Te Kura Matatini ki Otago rātou ko kā wānaka ki tāwāhi, nā rātou ētahi mahi ōrite i kākari ai. He akitu kā honoka kākano maha kia ako taupuhipuhi tētahi ki tētahi.

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MĀORI & INDIGENEITY

August 2018