During the week before school started, I attended a new staff meeting and an all staff meeting. I am very happy to be starting my internship at the beginning of their school year. It has helped me feel more integrated and I’ve gotten to be a part of events that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. I set up my schedule and which classes I’ll be working with for the term. I get to work with three different teachers for a variety of subjects:
Mid Program: “A day in the life”
The best part about my time in Australia would have to be the people I have met. I am lucky enough to be living with all Australian Housemates in a student share house. My House is only a 10 min. walk from campus or 5 minutes by bicycle. My house is situated closest to the ‘Shortland’ side, which is where all my classes are.
Once you get here: Tips – Study abroad Australia
Before You Leave: Tips for study abroad UON
Arrival: Host Country & Culture Immersion
Maori: New Zealand’s First Nation
One of the most unique things about New Zealand is the fact that its First Nations tribes, collectively called the Maori, have been incorporated into society. The Treaty of Waitangi was created and signed in 1840 between the British Crown and Maori chiefs, establishing New Zealand, but recognizing that the Maori still had ownership rights to the land Britain was colonising. In effect this made them equals; however, the British (being the British) took advantage of the citation and didn’t do everything they agreed upon in the treaty. Before the 1970s the treaty was pretty much ignored and the Maori were treated as an insignificant race (though much better than how Native Americans were, and still are treated). In the 1970s there were many protests from the Maori wishing to address wrongs done to them over the years. A national inquiry into breaches of the Treaty was established and since then the Maori have been granted hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation.