The local Chapter-based programmes are run by the Regional Co-ordinators for the benefit of their respective University's Māori academics but also Māori professional practitioners throughout the regions.
The local programmes typically:
Each University's Chapter programmes incorporate the following general themes and activities:
Theme: The overall theme for the AUT University Chapter will focus on 'planning for success'. The establishment of a Centre for Māori Leadership within the University focuses on the University becoming the employer of choice for Māori.
Planned activity will include:
Professional development workshops for current staff
A professional development event for all Māori staff – 'Māori Agents of Change'
Seminars with a business focus collaboration with Māori professionals:
Additional programmes held:
Initiative 1: Staff Development Workshops
Staff development workshops will be offered to Māori academic staff of the University of Waikato. These will be facilitated by Professor Linda Smith and invited guest speakers. Kaupapa for 2010 include Academic CV Writing and Te Reo Tuhi.
Initiative 2: Contestable Fund
A contestable fund will be made available to Māori academic staff of the University of Waikato for the purpose of:
Initiative 3: Māori Research Directory
The purpose of the Research directory is to promote researchers and to assist researchers to make connections with others who have similar interests. This project will continue in 2010 with ongoing updates and development of the research directory.
Academic Writing Retreats
These retreats, 4-5 days, were to help Māori academic staff advance their Doctoral research
MANU AO development is led by Māori Academic Staff through the Māori Academic Staff Caucus (MASC). The Office of Māori Development is facilitating a number of projects as part of the Manu AO programme.
The key project is: MASC hui. The main kaupapa of the hui was to identify the priorities MASC was intending to undertake as part of MANU AO. The outcome from the meeting was to develop a project for a one-on-one interview process with every Māori Academic at the University of Otago.
This engagement aims to provide substantive data on personal and professional needs of individual Māori academics staff. It also will look at medium/long term aspirations of staff and personal and institutional barriers for staff. Further this process will look to identify common issues and opportunities for a 'leadership programme' for Māori academic staff development.