Construction students building cultural bridges with NZMA

Construction students building cultural bridges with NZMA

Thursday 22 March

22 March 2018 - The art of whanaungatanga is about recognising and valuing our connections.  And in the spirit of this, NZMA Trades  students took part in the Whanaungatanga Day organised by the Maori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) this week.  The purpose of the day was to award students with their Maori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarships in the presence of their family and fellow learners.  In addition to this, build and foster relationships between all students, talk about and develop their cultural awareness, and use this as a starting point for building commitment and responsibility around their trades scholarships.

The 200 strong student body were split into smaller mixed groups - the NZMA students were merged with UNITEC’s Automotive students, and a tribe was founded with the name “WhareWaka” to represent all members.  Everyone was respected and felt comfortable to join in the activities during the day. 

One of the team building exercises, was to build a bicycle as a team, and then donate it to a child from a local South Auckland school.  Experiencing the child’s joy from something the team had all worked on together, was pivotal. The WhareWaka tribe could see how the impact of their choices, working together as a team, could help their wider community.

At the end of the day the students were officially presented with their scholarship certificates and performed the “MPTT Haka” which they had learnt for their family and friends.  Our NZMA students were shining brightly and we are extremely proud of them.  Congratulations!