04 March 2020

He karere nā te Tumuaki: A message from the Tumuaki

koutou katoa 

Te Wānanga o Raukawa has a responsibility (rangatiratanga) to consider the health and safety of all who enter our campus and where possible adopt measures within its control to respond to that (manaakitanga). 

The latest information from the Ministry of Health in regard Coronavirus (Corovid-19) states:

First cases of COVID-19 are now confirmed in New Zealand, however the likelihood of a widespread outbreak is low-moderate. 

Anyone who has travelled from a country or area of concern, or who is a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, and who has clinically compatible symptoms should be considered a suspect case of COVID-19 and testing performed.”

Information on “Countries of area of concern” are listed at the bottom of this pānui. 

At Te Wānanga o Raukawa, we asked ourselves what our response to this situation should be and have decided that: 

  1. Tainui kawa be upheld, 
  2. The kaupapa of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, as always, guides our practice (tikanga). 

This has also given us cause to look at our tikanga related to pōwhiri.   
We have sought advice from our pakeke (elders), discussed this ourselves and decided to modify our practice.  From today and until otherwise advised the tikanga relating to pōwhiriat Te Wānanga o Raukawa will be adjusted such that the usual hohou i te rongo / hariru will not occur.  Instead, following the last speaker and waiata there will be a karakia (waerea).  That will be followed by a pao to call everyone to the wharekai.  

It is important to note, that this change applies only to the formal tikanga around the pōwhiri ceremony.  It does not preclude those who want to greet each other at other times with an embrace or other practice.  We are not banning people from touching each other! 

We are also conscious that the start of the academic year has commenced and there will be a lot of people coming on to campus for various purposes, including noho (residential seminars).  We ask our students to exercise good judgement in deciding to attend their classes or noho if they have any symptoms of illness that could potentially put others at risk. If you are unwell, please seek medical advice and stay home. Keep close contact with your course tutors and administrators about your study commitments. 

While on campus, we encourage everyone to be vigilant about hygiene and make use of the resources in place to minimise the spread of illness. 

If there are any queries, please contact Te Wānanga o Raukawa tetomonga@twor-otaki.ac.nz or call 0800 WANANGA. 

For the latest information on the Coronavirus in Aotearoa, New Zealand, visit the Ministry of Health website.

Mereana Selby  

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) – Countries and areas of concern 

Category 1a 
Countries and territories that have temporary travel restrictions in place (excluding airport transit). 

  • Mainland China 
  • Iran 

All people travelling to New Zealand to undertake 14 days self-isolation and to register with Healthline (0800 358 5453). 

Category 1b 
Countries and territories (excluding airport transit) that do not have travel restrictions in place but where we request all people travelling to New Zealand undertake 14 days self-isolation and register with Healthline (0800 358 5453). 

  • Northern Italy (specifically the provinces of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna) 
  • Republic of Korea 

Category 2 
People who have travelled from or via countries or territories in category 2 (excluding airport transit) should be aware of COVID-19 symptoms. They do not have to self-isolate if well. They should self-isolate if they develop any symptoms of concern, and ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) if they develop symptoms within 14 days of departing the category 2 country. 

  • Hong Kong 
  • Italy (other than northern Italy) 
  • Japan 
  • Singapore 
  • Thailand