University of Otago, New Zealand

Chemistry

Te Tari Hua-Ruanuku

Te Tari Hua-Ruanuku

E ngā iwi, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha o ngā hau e whā, tānei te mihi atu ki a koutou katoa.

"All peoples, all voices, everybody from the four winds, greetings to you all"

Our Māori Name

The Māori name for the Department of Chemistry is Te Tari Hua-Ruānuku, which, literally translated, means the Department of the Fruits or Products of Wizards.

This description aptly describes how lay people tend to view chemistry: as a mysterious science where colourful liquids and potions are transformed from one to another, almost as if by magic.

Modern chemistry is much more than just chemical syntheses and transformations, but the name Te Tari Hua-Ruānuku reflects the historical origins and public perceptions of the subject.

He pārongo (Information for Māori students)

There are a number of support systems for Māori students in chemistry and the university as a whole.

Te Hunga Matauranga/The Maori Centre (519 Castle Street North) aims to recruit, support, retain and provide for the needs of Māori students with an emphasis on encouragement of participation, academic excellence and higher learning within a culturally appropriate environment.  It is a support service for all students of Māori descent and offers support for academic, cultural and social needs, operating from a kaupapa Māori (Māori philosophy) base.  The Centre also has information about scholarships and awards for which Māori and Pacific Island students may be eligible.

Ngā tahua ngore  (Scholarships and awards)

A wide variety of awards and scholarships for Māori students are available. Listed here are links to webpages giving relevant information.  It is not an exhaustive list.

Te Hunga Matauranga/The Māori Centre also has information about scholarships and awards for which Māori and Pacific Island students may be eligible.  Also, check with your iwi authority for study awards that they may make.

Ngā hononga  (Links)

NAMMSAT: National Association of Māori Mathematicians, Scientists and Technologists
Ngata Dictionary: online English–Māori and Māori–English dictionary
Maori language interface packs for Microsoft Office 2003 and Windows XP