NZIE’s Cultural Support Advisor
- Offers 1-1 support to Maori and Pasifika students.
- Guides staff and tutors to employ best cultural practices at all times.
- Delivers karakia at orientation and graduation, plus other important events.
- Provides advice and insights into cultural wellness for staff and students.
- Guides and supports use of Te Reo Maori.
Once students start NZIE, we become their “new whānau”. Guided by Te Whare Tapa Whā , the Client Success Team can support students to reach their full potential while studying with us.
Terehia’s Top 5 tips for Cultural Connection While Studying Online:
- Use a unique background: Using personal touches like a unique Zoom background can spark conversation and bring in an element of personality to online sessions.
- Celebrate success: Terehia encourages all students to celebrate their success: it could be finishing a difficult paper, handing in an assignment on time or achieving a high grade. She recommends students travel to Tāmaki Makaurau to attend graduation, as it is a huge achievement to celebrate. This is especially important for Maori and Pasifika students.
- Pronounce names correctly: Learning the correct pronunciation of names is important: it’s always okay to ask and double-check.
- Try your best: Giving your best effort when signing a traditional song, speaking Te Reo or even another language can make a huge difference. Don’t worry about appearing ‘cool’.
- Understand cultural needs: Be aware that each student has their cultural responsibilities, that we should honour and respect. That way, we can navigate success for each student, however, that looks for them.