Governor-General focuses on hi-tech learning
State-of-the-art technology in Māori education will be showcased when the Governor-General visits tertiary provider Te
Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne next week.
Awanuiārangi chief executive Professor Wiremu Doherty said HE The RT Hon Dame Patsy Reddy would have the opportunity to
experience some of the institution’s unique immersive and experiential learning programmes.
Dame Patsy will have the chance to test augmented reality (AR) technology being used to train student nurses in a
cutting-edge Māori nursing degree programme at the indigenous tertiary institution. The interactive demonstration will
show how nursing students use hologram patients to practise critical assessment and care, and virtual humans to study
anatomy and physiology.
On July 24, in her first visit to Awanuiārangi, Dame Patsy will also witness a scrimmage at the institution’s Robopā
advanced technology hub. In the scrimmage, primary schools Allandale and Tawera Bilingual will combine teams in an
innovation challenge that involves modifying robots in order to complete set tasks within a given timeframe.
Professor Doherty said the Whare Wānanga was excited to be introducing the Governor- General to its competitive robotics
programme. Last year, Awanuiārangi hosted the first National Robotics Scrimmage for primary schools. The two-day
competition attracted 23 schools.
“Competitive robotics is without a doubt a very exciting development space for engaging our Māori children in learning,”
Professor Doherty said.
“It is extraordinarily successful in igniting and maintaining the interest of our children in STEM subjects (science,
technology, engineering and maths) as they pass through primary school and into secondary school and beyond. At Robopā,
this also all happens within the medium of te reo Māori.
“Advanced technology is being used here at Awanuiārangi to create enhanced learning environments for students from
primary school through to Bachelor degree level, and our teams will be extremely proud to showcase these programmes to
the Governor- General,” Professor Doherty said.