Māori at Wintec marae

Mihi / welcome

He hōnore he kororia ki te Atua
He maungarongo ki te whenua
He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa
Kia whakapapapounamu te moana
Kia tere te karohirohi i tou huarahi
Ki a Kīngi Tuheitia e pupuru ana ki te Mana Motuhake
Ki a koutou ngā waka, ngā mana me ngā maunga kōrero
Nau mai haere mai ki Te Kuratini o Waikato
Tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna koutou katoa.

We acknowledge the creator of all things
May his peace cover the land, with goodwill to all 
May the calmness come upon your glistening sea 
We acknowledge the keeper of Mana Motuhake King Tuheitia
To all those who hold our rich heritage 
Wintec acknowledges and greets you all.
Tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna koutou katoa.

With over 25% Māori at Wintec, it makes sense to create environments that nurture Māori ways of knowing and being in order to see successful outcomes. Through the establishment of the Māori Achievement Unit, Wintec has been embarking on a new and unique journey, creating opportunities to realise a whole-of-organisation approach that focuses on Māori success, ngā āhuatanga Māori - Māori cultural identity, me he mātauranga Māori; and kaupapa Māori and Māori world view. Importantly, this has influenced the increase of completion and retention rates for Māori students at Wintec. Alongside, Wintec has fostered their commitment to Māori while continuing to build strong relationships and connectivity with Māori communities within Waikato / Tainui.​​


Hollie Smith returns to Wintec

Acclaimed New Zealand musician Hollie Smith returns to Wintec

Hollie Smith (left) with Wintec student band, The Meraki (from left) Jack Marshall, Tyrell Tamaki, Josh Woest, Jessica Ruck-Nu’u, Hayden McFie & Bayley Milne). Photo Kelsy Scott.

Acclaimed New Zealand musician Hollie Smith has returned to Wintec for the second year as Musician in Residence to inspire and lead Wintec Music and Performing Arts students.

Hollie will hold performance, songwriting and production workshops for students to get a real-world experience of the music industry in practice at Wintec School of Media Arts.

“Having a Musician in Residence like Hollie makes learning directly from the industry accessible to the majority of our students,” says Wintec Music Team Manager, David Sidwell.

“Students get expert coaching on their vocal technique, arrangements and showmanship, from Hollie who provided invaluable feedback during her residency at Wintec last year.”

In 2018, Hollie mentored first year student band The Meraki - who have gone on to be a regular gigging band - by guiding their social media presence as well as assisting them with song arrangements. She also performed backing vocals with them on occasion. 

The accomplished musician also spent time with songwriting and postgraduate students, assisting them to shape their work and giving them feedback on their arrangements and production. 

In addition, she organised a forum with renown musicians Ria Hall and Horomona Horo, and a series of well attended guest lectures.

Wintec music tutor and academic Megan Rogerson-Berry says working alongside a musician as accomplished as Smith is reaffirming as well as inspiring.

 “Hollie is great fun to work with. As a tutor, it’s always reassuring to hear industry specialists giving the same advice you would have given, or coaching students in the same direction you would have.

“It means our practice is current and industry standard. Hollie also has specific knowledge about operating as a business which our students love learning about, and this is best learnt from someone actually doing it,” she says.

Hollie will also be assisting in marking and moderating Wintec Music and Performing Arts annual Creative Showcase performances from November 18 -22 at The Meteor theatre. 

“Last year, Hollie was an incredible inspirational force in the music department and we are very much looking forward to her return,” adds David.

Experience Hollie Smith live: Hollie will perform an intimate new song showcase at Nivara Lounge in Hamilton on Friday 18 October. Tickets are available from undertheradar.co.nz.

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