Recognition of Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori Skills Payment

Kei ngā rau ringa o Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa, ngā kaitaunaki i te reo Māori me ōna tikanga, tēnā koutou katoa.

For some years the Massey University Collective Employment Agreement has had a provision allowing the employer to consider situations where staff are called upon outside their normal job requirements to use Tikanga Māori or Te Reo Māori skills. During bargaining in 2017 the University and the TEU agreed to recognise these skills by providing for a payment administered through the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Māori and Pasifika.

Following bargaining of the new provision (see Clause 4.13 of the Collective/Individual Employment Agreement) a joint University, TEU working group was established to create a process and framework to activate the Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori Skills clause allowing staff to apply for the payment this year.

The clause allows for an annual retrospective payment of $2500.00 gross that recognises individuals who are called on to consistently utilise Tikanga Māori and/or Te Reo Māori providing leadership on behalf of Massey University in activities and circumstances outside their job description and in addition to normal duties.

Applicants can apply on their own behalf or be nominated by a manager or supervisor. Consideration will be given to: -

  • The competency of applicants in tikanga Māori and te reo Māori.

    Whilst fluency is not essential, applicants require a good understanding of the application of tikanga Māori and be able to utilise te reo Māori in situations where they are called upon to do so. The payment is not limited to Māori staff.

  • The regularity with which the applicant is called upon to use their skills.

    Applicant must be able to demonstrate at least three events over the period 1 Jan 2018 to 31 December 2018 where skills were utilised (pending events will be taken into consideration).

  • The types of events applicants were involved in and a supervisor’s verification.

Examples of roles this clause was designed to recognise include kaikaranga and kaikōrero.

The payment is made at the discretion of the Massey University and TEU Working Group which includes representatives of the Office of the DVC Māori, representatives of the TEU and People and Culture. The payment and application process will be confidential and applicants will be informed directly if they have been successful or not.

If you have provided Tikanga Māori and/or Te Reo Māori services for Massey University at least 3 times over the period of Jan 1 to Dec 31st 2018 (including pending events), or you wish as a manager to nominate a staff member, we encourage you to apply online no later than 23rd November 5pm.

Massey University will endeavour to make payments to approved staff by the end of 2018. Any queries can be addressed to Hona Black

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