Te Rōpū Āwhina whānau in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design at Victoria University of
Wellington was established in 1999. The kaupapa of Āwhina is to produce Māori and Pacific scientists, technologists, engineers, architects and designers to contribute to Māori and Pacific community development and leadership.
Over 160 on-campus and community-based Āwhina whānau members came together for a fun-filled evening to celebrate 14 years of Te Rōpū Āwhina.
The programme started with a whakatau from Āwhina Kaumatua, Doug Hauraki and the Āwhina waiata (thanks Hemi).A challenge that broke the ice (thanks Tapu) was followed by a an Āwhina mentor presentation of the history and achievements of Āwhina (thanks Jodi), an Āwhina overseas Alumni message (thanks Hautahi and Rosie), presentations that spanned 5 SEAD disciplines from 5 Āwhina Summer
researchers (thanks Lionel, Charlotte, Jack, Jodi and Ben), 5 cake cutters dealing with 5 large cakes accompanied by a spirited rendition of ‘Ra whānau kia koe’, a karakia from Rangitahi and kai. Thanks to the MC (Bart) who pulled all the strands together and Vivian and Alex who worked in the background to ensure the event’s success.
Āwhina mentors with essential Āwhina outreach resources for
‘Turning up the Success Gene’
Our new ‘Step into STEAD’ DVD debunks the myths and legends that the STEAD disciplines (Science, Mathematics, Statistics,
Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Design) are not for Māori and Pacific and other low socio-economic groups. This DVD
and the two Cybrospace booklets send a clear “If we can do it, so can you!” message aimed at increasing the uptake and
success of these groups in STEAD.
Āwhina's first peer reviewed, international journal publication. Essential reading for all Āwhina whānau members
and others interested in increasing participation and success in tertiary science (plus architecture, design, and
engineering) for Māori, Pacific, and other under-represented minority groups. Get your copy from: http://www.springerlink.com/content/6644g08k8h657932/ NOW or contact email@example.com
Cybrospace: Journeys to Success Booklets
Three booklets aimed at increasing rangatahi Māori and Pacific interest, uptake and success in science and maths.
Each contains inspirational profiles of Āwhina students’ successes in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, architecture and design degrees at Victoria University of Wellington, and study skills that work for them.
Click here to see selected profiles from the booklets.