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Forty-nine international students enjoyed a taste of Māori culture when they spent a night on the NorthTec marae.
The group, who are all studying English language at the Raumanga campus, were welcomed on to the marae with a pōwhiri hosted by NorthTec staff, students and community members.
They had earlier been briefed on marae protocol, and what to expect at a pōwhiri, by a trio of Māori students from the social services department.
Along with their tutors and staff from the international department, they enjoyed dinner in the whare kai and an evening of movies.
The hui was also entertained by Te Kapa Rau Aroha, a kapa haka group made up of students from Whangarei Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools.
The international students came mainly from China, with a few people from Korea, Russia and Germany. The event, designed to help international students understand New Zealand culture and provide an opportunity to mix with domestic students, was so successful that a noho marae will now be held every semester.
Huhana Lyndon, Director Learner Support, said it was a fantastic opportunity for NorthTec’s international students to experience a New Zealand tradition, and to learn more about Māori culture.
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