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 the establishment of a Centre for Māori Leadership and Excellence 'planning for success'. This centre will encompass Māori initiatives across the University. The key objective will be becoming the employer of choice for Māori.
Planned activity will include:
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.
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 2011 with ongoing updates and development of the research directory.
Initiative 4: Kingitanga Day and the Te Kotahi Research Institute Business Expo and Research Symposium
To celebrate, acknowledge and promote the unique character and distinctiveness of Waikato University and the special relationship with Waikato Tainui and Kingitanga. To also unite both Māori and non-Māori staff and students within the University and to engage the wider regional and national academic, professional and cultural communities.
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.