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Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga campus inspires creative student engagement project

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12 February 2021

A collaborative student engagement project between staff at the Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga, South Auckland campus and the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has resulted in the production of puzzle sets and colouring page designs.

Staff at CIE visited the University’s southside campus at the end of last year to see the new location for delivery of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business and some courses for the Bachelor of Commerce. Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga has been operating since mid-2020, primarily focussed on delivery of Education and Social Work courses. CIE staff were inspired by the welcoming environment that has been created in a short time frame. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Engagement Manager Naomi Bradshaw says “We were immediately struck by the thoughtfulness behind the design of the environment. The Tai Tonga campus consists of retrofitted buildings that formerly housed government departments, and it’s often hard in these sorts of sterile spaces to instill heart and soul. Tai Tonga staff have filled the building with a beautiful selection of original artworks from the University’s impressive art collection and have made other efforts to make the space welcoming”. Initiatives include the creation of a toy box with board games and a colouring station in the student centre. They serve dual purpose in being stress-busters for students and also a distraction for the children of the University’s students, who sometimes come to University with Mum or Dad.

CIE staff were inspired and have contributed to the Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga campus through producing tangram puzzle sets and a series of original colouring in pages. Over summer, CIE staff members Tiger Chen and Ariel Dannenbring created a variety of designs. These included Māori, Pacific and Chinese proverbs or whakatauki, chosen in consultation with a variety of University staff including the Head of Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga, Rennie Atfield-Douglas. Designs incorporate the University’s official kowhaiwhai and pacific patterns. There are also prototype designs for colouring pages featuring University community members as examples of entrepreneurial career possibilities. Alumnus Michael Moka, founder of consultancy Indigenous Growth Ltd, and former staff member Michelle Dickinson AKA Nanogirl, agreed to be turned into colouring in pages for the project. Colouring pages will be available at a dedicated colouring station at Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga with $20 Countdown vouchers sponsored by CIE for a monthly prize draw.

Further designs are planned for the future, including a wider range of Pacific colouring patterns and potentially Indian patterns to reflect the diversity of cultures present at Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga.

Win your own Tangram set made in Unleash Space

Download CIE colouring in sheets

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Nicholas Bing
Nicholas Bing

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12 February 2021

A collaborative student engagement project between staff at the Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga, South Auckland campus and the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has resulted in the production of puzzle sets and colouring page designs.

Staff at CIE visited the University’s southside campus at the end of last year to see the new location for delivery of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business and some courses for the Bachelor of Commerce. Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga has been operating since mid-2020, primarily focussed on delivery of Education and Social Work courses. CIE staff were inspired by the welcoming environment that has been created in a short time frame. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Engagement Manager Naomi Bradshaw says “We were immediately struck by the thoughtfulness behind the design of the environment. The Tai Tonga campus consists of retrofitted buildings that formerly housed government departments, and it’s often hard in these sorts of sterile spaces to instill heart and soul. Tai Tonga staff have filled the building with a beautiful selection of original artworks from the University’s impressive art collection and have made other efforts to make the space welcoming”. Initiatives include the creation of a toy box with board games and a colouring station in the student centre. They serve dual purpose in being stress-busters for students and also a distraction for the children of the University’s students, who sometimes come to University with Mum or Dad.

CIE staff were inspired and have contributed to the Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga campus through producing tangram puzzle sets and a series of original colouring in pages. Over summer, CIE staff members Tiger Chen and Ariel Dannenbring created a variety of designs. These included Māori, Pacific and Chinese proverbs or whakatauki, chosen in consultation with a variety of University staff including the Head of Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga, Rennie Atfield-Douglas. Designs incorporate the University’s official kowhaiwhai and pacific patterns. There are also prototype designs for colouring pages featuring University community members as examples of entrepreneurial career possibilities. Alumnus Michael Moka, founder of consultancy Indigenous Growth Ltd, and former staff member Michelle Dickinson AKA Nanogirl, agreed to be turned into colouring in pages for the project. Colouring pages will be available at a dedicated colouring station at Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga with $20 Countdown vouchers sponsored by CIE for a monthly prize draw.

Further designs are planned for the future, including a wider range of Pacific colouring patterns and potentially Indian patterns to reflect the diversity of cultures present at Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga.

Win your own Tangram set made in Unleash Space

Download CIE colouring in sheets


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