March 23, 2018
Awanuiarangi celebrates another successful year
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi celebrates another successful year with a capping ceremony in Whakatane today, preceded by a gown and town procession from the wananga through the town centre to Te Manuka Tutahi Marae.
Chief executive Wiremu Doherty says more than 200 of the almost 3000 graduands will receive their degrees and certificates during the formal capping ceremony, including the first of its cohort of students from Washington state.
There are also the first graduates from a revamped Maori nursing degree, the first students from the School of Iwi Development’s re-developed Te Pou Hono marae-based programmes, and the first graduate of the doctorate of Maori Development & Advancement.
He says the impact of wananga is starting to have an effect on New Zealand Inc.
"We’re now beginning to see large numbers of people turning to learn te reo Maori. We’re beginning to see it appear in mainstream media. We’re beginning to see it appear in organisations and places where we would not have seen it before," Professor Doherty says.
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