Kaupapa and their expression
Te Reo Māori
Te Reo is a taonga which we have inherited from our tūpuna. Not only is it an invaluable source of enlightenment and innovation but it is intimately connected with mātauranga, carrying valuable clues about the way our tūpuna understood and experienced the world. The acquisition, maintenance, promotion and revival of te reo Māori must be a priority.
Whakapapa reinforces the connections between all of us, and to our tūpuna, atua and tūrangawaewae. Whakapapa shapes our endeavours as we strive to better understand and contribute to the mātauranga continuum that binds us to one another across the generations.
Manaakitanga provides us with endless opportunities to engage with people, individually and collectively. We need to ensure that all of our activities are conducted in a way that is mana enhancing of all those involved and reflects values such as generosity, fairness, respect and consideration. A favourable view formed by others suggests the presence of manaakitanga.
Wairuatanga acknowledges the existence and importance of the spiritual dimension in our lives and in mātauranga. Wairuatanga recognises the interdependence between present, past and future generations in the discovery, reclamation, rejuvenation and expansion of the mātauranga continuum.
Ūkaipōtanga reinforces the marae as our principal home, as a place of comfort, nourishment and inspiration. The marae is of primary importance in reconnecting with mātauranga from our own whānau, hapū and iwi. We should ensure that we are fully engaged with our marae and endeavour to create a similar environment at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
Pūkengatanga dictates the pursuit of excellence in all our activities and stipulates that we should build on the fields of expertise for which we are presently known. We need to contribute to the expansion of mātauranga with confidence, based on our own experiences. We must strive to provide distinctive, innovative and high quality programmes, publications and services.
Kotahitanga values the ethic of working together, with energy and enthusiasm, towards the achievement of common goals. We should celebrate our distinctiveness, as an institution and as individuals, whānau, hapū and iwi; while also revelling in our shared experiences, understandings, philosophies and interests.
Rangatiratanga requires us to behave in a way that attracts favourable comment from others, to the extent that we might be considered to have attributes commonly associated with a rangatira. We must nurture and promote these characteristics. We must be confident and competent in the way that we do our work, exercising control and discipline to ensure the integrity of our pursuits.
Whanaungatanga reminds us that our achievements are typically the result of collaborative effort. The full potential of our work is realised through working together as a whānau, which encourages us to celebrate our common interests, applaud our diversity and reinforce our connections with whānau, hapū and iwi.
Kaitiakitanga requires Te Wānanga o Raukawa to nurture and protect its people and its place; and to preserve and enrich those things that we have inherited from generations past. It demands that we employ our resources wisely, ensuring that their utilisation contributes to our viability and reputation.