Waikato Tainui interns visit Wellington

During Te Wiki o te reo Māori last month, a group of five Year 13 interns from Waikato were invited to Wellington to experience the heritage and cultural sector within government.

Tainui interns in Matangireia.
Interns, support team and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff at Matangireia. Photo: HNZPTexpand/collapse

Hosted by Manatū Taonga Ministry of Culture and Heritage the intern’s itinerary ran over two days on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th of September.

The visit to Wellington is part of Ngaa Rau Puutohe, Te Ara Taonga /Waikato-Tainui Taonga Tuku Iho Internship Programme. The purpose of the visit is to introduce the year 13 students to the workings of government in the area of Heritage. All five are receiving their schooling within a Kura Kaupapa Māori environment at Te Wharekura o Rakaumanga in Huntly.

They received presentations from government agencies, Manatū Taonga Ministry of Culture & Heritage, Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs (including Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga & National Library), Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa,  Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

Glenda Taituha, General Manager for Heritage and Identity at Waikato Tainui, who accompanied the interns to Wellington, says “our rangatahi had a whirlwind look into the heritage and cultural sector this week and its many pathways. They are now very aware of how much the sector wants and values rangatahi Māori with an inherent commitment to their reo and tikanga."

Their visits included the Alexander Turnbull Library, Te Papa and Parliament where Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Pourarangi Kōrero Dr Dennis Ngawhare guided the students through the conservation worksite at Matangireia.

The interns are pictured with their support team and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff, at Matangireia. From Left to Right: Mahana Toka, Dean Straker, Glenda Taituha , Karipori Watene-Wilson, Ngaakau-Aio Kihi, Ellen Andersen, Jasmine Hemi, Arihia Kihi, Anaru Thompson, Dean Whiting and Ngaroto Moana (kneeling).

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