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Massey welcomes new Māori Advisor

Earlier this month, Massey University welcomed a new Senior Māori Advisor to its Manawatu campus.

Doc Ferris,  was welcomed with a pōwhiri at Te Pūtahi-a-Toi on Massey’s Manawatu campus on Monday, September 11.

In his new role as Senior Māori Advisor, Ferris will work from the office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor Māori and Pasifika. He says he is looking forward to his new role.

“I hope we can really draw to the fore Māoritanga and how Māoritanga can benefit places like Massey by opening up more,” Ferris says.

“Our people struggle to get into places like Massey and other educational institutes all around the country and I’m really looking forward to doing the work that makes it more accessible, more inviting, more comfortable and enables Māori development to accelerate.”

Ferris has a Master of Mātauranga Māori and Bachelor of Māori Art from Te Wānanga o Raukawa where he also lectured for 10 years before moving to his previous role at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

He says Massey’s strategy to become a Tiriti led organisation was a great incentive to make the move north again and he’s looking forward to being involved in what he calls an awesome opportunity.

“In my experience with organisations, everyone understands there is an obligation under the Tiriti o Waitangi, and no one has a clue of what that should look like. So here’s an opportunity to really lead that conversation.”

Mr Ferris says building a strong tūāpapa or foundation is key, so people understand why things happen in a certain way.

“As long as you have a tūāpapa that you all know and understand as you go forward addressing new situations, you’ll be able to produce the answers.”

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