The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has launched a framework, Te Koeke Tiriti, to help further and deepen its commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
The framework was launched to guide TEU Te Hautū Kahurangi’s Tiriti relationships and behaviours, setting our vision of how members and staff aspire to work together.
“Te Tiriti o Waitangi is the foundation for the relationship between Māori and the crown. Honouring our commitment to Te Tiriti means delivering an accessible tertiary education system where Māori can fully participate and achieve as Māori,” Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, said.”
The original partners to the Tiriti are tāngata Māori (rangatira of hapū) and the kāwanatanga. TEU Te Hautū Kahurangi’s commitment to this Tiriti relationship between the two Tiriti partners – tāngata Māori and Pākehā – is reflected in its rules through its structures, polices, and processes.
“Te Koeke Tiriti will build on this by supporting members and staff to put in place practices and approaches that will embed this whakawhanaunga in all that the TEU does,” Bill Rogers, vice-president Māori of the Tertiary Education Union, said.
Launching Te Koeke Tiriti at the TEU Te Hautū Kahurangi’s annual Hui-ā-Tau at the weekend, members wrote messages to Associate Minister for Māori Education, Hon Kelvin Davis, telling him how this can be achieved. Postcards with these messages will be sent to the Minister shortly.
Te Tiriti is a key feature of Minister for Education Hon Chris Hipkins’ education work plan, not to mention an integral part of the Education Act. The Minister has committed to making sure the inequity experience by Māori learners is address in all conversations about the future of education, and in Māori education strategies.