Congratulations to kaiako William Woolnough and Darryl (Daz) John, who have received the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award for their work on the He Toki intake of the pre-trades carpentry programme.  

Voted for by their tauira, the award is presented to the teacher(s) who have shown excellence in their lecturing ability and contributed above and beyond in the education of their tauira.

“Both William and Daz have worked tirelessly to insure tauira received the best education, support, and experience possible,” says He Toki Kaiwhakatere Jody Takimoana.

“This is a powerful example of putting tauira at the centre of what we do and celebrating these two reflects this in a positive way.”

Tracey McLennan, Head of Programmes, College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences, says the award reflects the commitment that has been shown by both kaiako and staff within L Block to make the He Toki programme a success.

Delivered by Otago Polytechnic and Ara Institute, He Toki is a collaborative indigenous model of education that brings together iwi, industry, educational institutions, community organisations and government agencies.

A key point of difference for this programme is that it not only focuses on carpentry outcomes, but also the introduction of Te Ao Māori principles throughout the programme. Throughout the academic year, tauira are provided with support from Te Punaka Ōwheo, Otago Polytechnic’s Māori Student Support Centre, as well as the Kaiwhakatere (Jody Takimoana).

William says it is an “absolute privilege to be part of He Toki”, and he has learnt plenty.

“The most enjoyable moments for me are with the He Toki whanau, sharing kai, the building site singing, and the karakia after the mahi is done for the day.

“The realisation that this kaupapa not only works but out performs the current Eurocentric model is also a highlight.

“It’s hard to put into words but, suffice to say, being part of the He Toki whānau means a lot and I am looking forward to seeing it grow.”

Daz sums it up in another way:

"Nau te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai ō tātou manuhiri."

(“With your food basket, and my food basket, our guest will feast.")


Published on 13 Apr 2022

Orderdate: 13 Apr 2022
Expiry: 13 Apr 2024