The dawn blessing of a new premises for Te Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Manukau, amidst a number of other tertiary providers located in the region, would not create a competition for students, however it's an opportunity for them to work together for the sake of education.
Incantations and prayers heralded the arrival of the dawn and the new premises for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Manukau.
According to Te Makarini Temara, “We're here to assist and support the rituals with the prayers of old, the Ringatu faith and Paimarire carrying on our traditions of this region and our own protocols from home.”
"We are humbled the tribes of Waikato Tainui and our people of Ngāti Awa have come to bless this occasion," says Evie O'Brien, Acting CEO.
Representatives from various tertiary providers in the region turned up to support the proceedings.
Temara says, “In a spiritual sense all these institutions are all linked and they all weave their own strands of education which will benefit all the students in the region, so there may be some courses we can't provide but others can.”
Bob Clark says, "Awanuiārangi returns to South Auckland with new ideas and concepts to assist students to achieve their goals and aspirations."
O'Brien adds, “Our unique contribution to this community are our suite of programmes that compliment other providers including Bachelor of Education Teaching Programme, Hei Manaaki, our masters, our PhD programmes so we're really humbled to be a part of this community.”