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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Cook Islands Language Week 2020

Kia orana,

Turou, ’āere mai ki te ‘epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki’ Āirani - Welcome to Cook Islands Language Week 2020 is being held from Sunday 2 August – Saturday 8 August, 2020. The theme for this year is "Kia pūāvai tō tātou Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani i Aotearoa" which means "That the Cook Islands Māori language may blossom throughout New Zealand."

The three official languages are English, Cook Islands Māori and Pukapukan. Cook Islands Māori has a number of dialects, the most widely used is Rarotongan. The Cook Islands consist of 15 islands that are divided up into Northern and Southern groups. Did you know that the tivaevae, or treasured quilts is believed to have arrived in the Cook Islands by the wives of early European missionaries, where local women were taught quilting and needlework in traditional art form.

Unitec Library has resources both in electronic and print version to learn more about the culture, language and history. Check out the Unitec Library catalogue and our Pacific subject guide.

Use the hashtag #CookIslandsLanguageWeek to follow the events on social media.

Come in and see our library display on Level 3, Building 180 at Te Puna.

 For more information, visit these pages:

Meitaki ma’ata



Wednesday, July 29, 2020

New Student ID cards for SEATs


RFID symbol on Unitec student ID card
Does your Student ID card have the RFID symbol on it?

Yes...  You are all set to go with the SEATs attendance tap-in system.
 
No...  Please come to Student Central and collect a new card.

Has your card stopped working in the Unitec printers?

Yes...  A new card is waiting for you to collect at Student Central.

No...  Congratulations, you should be all set to go.
SEATs tap-in classroom reader
Seats Tap-in classroom reader

Monday, July 13, 2020

Kiribati Language Week 2020

Mauri,

Unitec Library celebrates Kiribati Language Week 2020 being held from Sunday 12 July – Saturday 18 July, 2020. The theme for this year is 'Ribanan te Taetae ni Kiribati e Kateimatoa ara Katei ao Kinakira;' which means 'Nurturing Kiribati language promotes our Cultural Identity and Heritage'.

It is the first time ever Kiribati Language Week has been celebrated officially here in Aotearoa. The theme supports Kiribati people living in Aotearoa, to connect with their culture and identity through the indigenous language. There is a strong focus on utilising technology and virtual platforms as a tool to promote language, culture, and identity. The vast majority speak Gilbertese or I-Kiribati, a Micronesian dialect. English, as the official language, is also widely spoken, especially in the capital,Tarawa.

The former Gilbert Islands, Kiribati has the largest marine reserve in the South Pacific. The effects of rising sea levels and low lying coral atolls have placed an adverse threat from climate change that is challenging for the island nation.

Unitec Library has resources both in electronic and print version to learn more about the Republic of Kiribati. Check out the Unitec Library catalogue and our Pacific subject guide.

Use the hashtag #KiribatiLanguageWeek2020 to follow the events on social media.

For more information, visit these websites:

 

Tekeraoi n wiikin te taetae ni Kiribati - Happy Kiribati Language Week

Happy Matariki - Māori New Year

Kia ora e te whānau,

Wishing you a happy Matariki, Māori New Year - Nga Mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori, ki a tatou katoa! 

Matariki (also known as the Pleiades cluster) signals the Māori New Year. This year Matariki rises above Aotearoa on Monday 13th July, announcing the beginning of the traditional Māori New Year, an important time in the Māori calendar.

Traditionally, new year celebrations provided the opportunity for
whānau to come together and celebrate with kai, korero and waiata and to reflect on the year gone by and begin planning for the new year ahead.

Unitec Library has resources both in print and electronic that gives more information about the celebration of Matariki. Check out the Unitec Library catalogue and our Matariki subject guide.

Come in and see our display at Te Puna Library (Level 3, Building 180).



Use the hashtag #matariki to follow the events on social media.

For more information, visit these websites:

 Ngā mihi nui