Kim Ireland

Kim Ireland
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Tēnā koutuou katoa,

Ko Kim tōku ingoa

Nō Whakatū ahau

Ko Kimble tōku hoa rangatira

Ko Leah rāua ko Asha āku tamariki

I am a Learning Facilitator and Support Worker at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). I am Māori and Korean, but was educated in England. Before gaining my degree in 2016, I was travelling the world; volunteering and immersing myself in different cultures. Despite not gaining higher education, immediately, I did gain life experience which I have found invaluable to my journey in the tertiary sector. I am currently an exhibiting Visual Artist and in 2021 I will begin my Masters Māori Visual Arts at Massey University.

My whānau are of the upmost importance, I have two girls Leah (12), Asha (8) and my husband, Kimble. Their support is what keeps my whāre balanced.

In terms of my role within NMIT, I feel that everyday presents a new learning. I have respect for my peers and the enormous work ethic, dedication and warmth that each person brings to our team. It is the connections to my peers and students, that creates an environment that cultivates collaboration, this is how I work best. My multiple roles allow me insights into what and how each component of Learner Services works. When Covid hit we supported many departments, and this has built stronger relationships.

This all sounds highly positive and it is, but like many tertiary institutions it has been a rough two years. When I entered my position in 2017, I was a graduate, aware that there were problems but I did not fully comprehend the extent. It has been highly unsettling to observe valuable staff being let go, without appreciation or respect for the years that they have dedicated to the institution. I worry that tīkanga is not being followed, and this is creating more damage than there needs to be. I have absolutely no understanding around the union, but I do know that a third party can shift the power balance. I recognise the need for advocacy in this new environment of New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (an

unknown space), but perhaps one that will provide some resolution or hope for the future of higher education.

Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi

With the red and black the work will be complete

Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēna koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.