Hui Whakahōnore Pōtaetanga Ākonga Māori 2020

Celebrations to Honour Māori Graduates 2020

Kei ngā mana, kei ngā reo, kei ngā karangatanga maha o te motu, tēnā koutou katoa. 

E rere tonu ana ngā whakaaro nui ki a rātou mā kua riro atu ki te pō.  Haere, hoatu, whakaoti atu ki te pō.  Tauāraia te pō, tītoko ake ki te ao mārama.  Ka hoki mai ngā rarangi kōrero ki a tātou, tēnā huihui mai tātau katoa.  

Kei ngā ākonga Māori o te motu, koutou i puta te ihu i tēnei tau, ahakoa i aukatia ngā rā whakanui i a koutou nā te pānga mai o te mate urutā, mokori anō kia whakanuia koutou i eke Panuku, i eke Tangaroa i tēnei tau. Kei te whakarite a Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa i tētahi rā whakamānawa i ngā mahi nui whakaharahara kua oti i a  koutou i roto i ngā tau i tēnei wānanga. Nō reira nau mai haere mai, kia whakamihia koe, koutou ko tō whānau.   

The Office of the Deputy-Vice Chancellor Māori, Massey University warmly invites you to attend the Hui Whakahōnore Pōtaetanga Ākonga Māori 2020, Celebrations to Honour Māori Graduates 2020

As you will be aware, due to COVID-19 we were unable to honour our graduates in our usual way in April and May but thankfully we are once again able to continue the tradition of our Māori celebrations now. Please note, however, that this will still be contingent to any COVID restrictions that may be in place for us as a country or in regions at the time and we will keep you updated. 

If you graduated in absentia earlier this year or are eligible to graduate in November, we welcome you to attend celebrations either in Auckland, Palmerston North or Wellington.

Māori graduates can choose to attend one of the following events:


Date: Friday 2 October

Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: Flax and Fern, Massey University Wellington campus


Date: Tuesday 20 October

Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: Atrium Building, Massey University Auckland campus


Date: Thursday 19 November

Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: SALT Central, Matipo Street, Palmerston North

Please register to attend one of the events.

Registrations will close 14 September 2020 so please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to attend and how many guests will be with you. 

Here’s what will happen at the celebrations:

  • Whakatau for manuhiri.
  • Graduates dressed in their academic dress will be invidually acknowledged with their degree and iwi affiliations and called to the stage to receive a tohu.
  • Whānau will have the opportunity to mihi to them (for example, karanga, waiata, haka, karakia)
  • The ceremony will conclude with refreshments.
  • Massey photographers will be on hand to take whānau photos which are made available free online.  

We are very excited to be able to share this celebration with you. If you have any other questions please contact Ms Raewyn Rasch

Answers to questions you may have 

Why should I come to this event?

Your graduation is a great achievement that deserves recognition, but this celebration is also an opportunity to thank all those, especially whānau, who helped you on this journey, allowing them to share your success. This celebration also serves as inspiration to others to follow in your footsteps and reach for higher education. These celebrations will provide you with a lasting reminder of your achievement and a chance to connect with your fellow graduates.

Is there a cost to attend the events?

There is no cost to attend the event, you are our honoured guests. 

How many whānau can I bring?

You are welcome to bring up to 10 guests with you to the celebrations. 

Can I bring my tamariki?

Of course children are welcome. It is inspiring for our tamariki to see the success of their whānau. 

Can I come if I deferred my graduation?

If you are planning to graduate in Manawatū in November 2020 you are welcome to attend the celebrations on November the 19th in Palmerston North. If you have deferred your graduation until 2021, we would suggest you wait till then to attend one of our Māori celebrations which will be aligned to your graduation.

I deferred my graduation but now would like to celebrate with my classmates. Can I still come?

We can make a special allowance for graduands (those who have not yet graduated) as it is special time to graduate with your fellow classmates. 

How do I know if I’ve graduated in absentia?

All Massey graduates are listed on the graduate database

Do I have to get dressed up?

You will be required to wear academic dress and the hood of your discipline. The cost of this hire will be covered by Massey and your gown will be available for you to pick up shortly before the ceremony. Your gown hire will be arranged when you register to attend the ceremony

Do I have to make a speech?

Due to the number of students attending the Manawatū ceremonies, graduates do not get the opportunity to kōrero, but can if they wish to at the Auckland and Wellington ceremonies. 

Is this where I will pick up my graduation diploma?

If you have graduated in absenatia, your diploma should have been couriered to you by now. If you have not received it, please let us know and we will chase this up.  At this ceremony you will receive a special additional tohu from the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori.

I’ve moved since I studied. Do I need to attend a ceremony on the campus I studied at?

You can choose which ever location suits you best no matter where you studied. 

I have Pasifika as well as Māori ancestry. Can I attend both ceremonies?

Yes you are welcome to attend both ceremonies if you wish. Please ensure you register for both events.

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