The TEU supports the establishment of and continued provision for institutional marae in all public tertiary education institutions. Institutional marae in the tertiary education sector support Māori students and staff, providing a space akin to that of the tūrangawaewae (place to stand, of belonging) associated with each hapū or iwi, as well as promoting the use of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori (Māori language and Māori customs). Institutional marae also offer a place where other staff, students and the community can gather in a uniquely Māori socio-cultural and spiritual context.
A marae is a metaphor for Te Ao Mārama (Māori world views) and is an expression of the right to occupy such spaces in accordance with tikanga Māori (Māori principles of law, customs and protocols). The marae therefore is a repository of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), tikanga Māori, āhuatanga Māori (Māori aspects, elements) and kaupapa Māori (Māori ideology).
In the context of tertiary education, institutional marae provide a unique environment for teaching and learning, while also serving an important role as places where visitors can be welcomed, issues discussed and conflicts resolved. They are a visible expression and physical representation of the institution’s commitment to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to demonstrate the Tiriti partnership, and to acknowledge the partners’ mutual rights and responsibilities.
Ratified by council: March 2012
Review date: March 2014