Ngāti Awa’s Yvonne O’Brien starts new role at Oxford University

Ngāti Awa’s Yvonne O’Brien starts new role at Oxford University


From Te Teko to Oxford. That’s the path
that’s been travelled by Yvonne O’Brien. The former Deputy CEO
of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi has joined the staff at one of the most prestigious
universities in the world. Irena Smith gained
these exclusive pictures of Dr O’Brien’s welcome
at Oxford University. Walking a new pathway for Maori
at Oxford University. Yvonne O’Brien’s family and whare wananga
where she held roles previously came to hand her over to her new job
under the guidance of tikanga Maori. O’Brien was studying
at Melbourne University when she applied for the role of programme director
for Atlantic Institute. She says despite the challenges, it’s up to her
to facilitate and curate a programme that helps to build love and empathy
among leaders in their fields to benefit those they lead. This university has helped
to prepare many world leaders. Now that Yvonne O’Brien
has started here she opens the doors for Maori
to come and witness for themselves the grand scale of this place. While her position is permanent,
her visa lasts five years. Tikanga Maori will now have
an influence on this most hallowed
learning space. Irena Smith,
reporting from London for Te Karere.

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