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Celebrating Maori students’ achievement
Iwi affiliations from throughout Aotearoa were represented among the 27 Lincoln University graduands of 2014 whose achievements were celebrated at Ra Whakamana on the Te Waihora campus on 1 May ahead of Graduation Day.

The mihimihi was delivered by Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Communities, Professor Hirini Matunga (who also has whakapapa to Ngai Te Ruahikihiki ki Taumutu) and speakers included Chancellor Tom Lambie, Vice-Chancellor Dr Andrew West, Tumuaki, Te Awhioraki (Maori Students’ Association) Tamika Green and Kaumatua Te Taumutu Runanga.

The achievement of 8 of the 27 Maori graduands, whose qualifications ranged across most of the degree and diploma areas offered by Lincoln University, was celebrated in korero and waiata. After receiving their degrees or diplomas the following day, they have all now joined the ranks of the many Maori alumni of Lincoln University.

Presentation of the Ngati Moki Trophy for leadership was made to recently retired lecturer in Maori Studies, Sally McKean.

Te reo Maori is an official language of New Zealand. The following glossary is provided to assist our overseas alumni. 
Iwi: Tribal grouping.
Aotearoa: New Zealand. Literally ‘long white cloud’ (land of).
Ra Whakamana: Day of celebration of achievement.
Te Waihora: Literally ‘spread out water’. Maori name for Lake Ellesmere and name now given to the Lincoln campus of Lincoln University. 
Mihimihi: Speech of welcome and personal identification.
Kaumatua: Respected elder of an iwi.
Ngai Te Ruahikihiki: People associated with the Taumutu/Waihora area.
Tumuaki: Chairperson, leader of a formal body.
Te Taumutu Runanga: Committee of the people of Taumutu, the Maori settlement area extending over the ground on which Lincoln University stands.  
Korero: Literally speech; generally formal speech.
Waiata: Song; generally of a sacred or celebratory nature.
Ngati Moki: Descendants of Moki, a Maori ancestor significant to the area.