Iwi: Ngāi Tuhoe, Te Arawa
Qualifications: Currently working towards BTchg (Secondary) & a BA (Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori)
I am studying towards a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at the University of Waikato.
I am of Ngāi Tuhoe and Te Arawa descent. I was brought up by my grandparents, in Hamilton with Te Reo Māori as my first language and I have long stood with confidence in both te ao Māori and te ao Pākeha. I am now a new father of a boy and both my partner and I are endeavouring to raise to raise him with Te Reo Māori as his first language. I attended school in Hamilton at St Pauls Collegiate School from fourth form right through to seventh form where I was made a school prefect.
Since starting my conjoint degree at the University of Waikato, I have accepted an invitation to be a member of the International Golden Key Society for my academic achievements, and have received a number of scholarships and grants including the TeachNZ scholarship and the prestigious Ngarimu V.C 28th Māori Battalion Scholarship which saw me flown down to Wellington for a special awards ceremony in the Parliament House. I have worked as a tuakana at the Ko Tuia wānanga, participated in Te Pua Wānanga o Te Arawa, and joined Mātike Mai Aotearoa - Independent Iwi Constitutional Working Group.
I keep active outside of the University to settle my body, mind and soul doing various activities such as basketball, ultimate frisbee, waka ama, volleyball, and parkour. I also have special interests in skydiving where I have completed an Accelerated Free Fall course consisting of nine skydives and completed 5 more skydives following that, I also enjoy dancing, the performing arts and above all else te reo Māori and tikanga Māori.
I have chosen to become a teacher because I love to teach. I wish to build student’s self-confidence, self-awareness and self-belief so that they believe they can achieve anything they wish to and aspire to do so. I enjoy working with students to identify and pursue their passions, and develop their talents and skillsets, and I enjoy helping them to develop strategies that they can put in place to achieve their goals, short term and long term, and so that they can build a better world for themselves.
Once qualified, Kiharoa wants to return to his rohe to teach. He plans to establish his own school which embeds tikanga, reo and mātauranga Māori. It will also focus on self-sustainable living and life-skills, outdoor education and survival skills, and outdoor adventure sports. The school will target rangatahi Māori who are disengaged from formal education and encourage them to find their own path, to succeed and achieve in whatever they do. Kia tū rangatira rātau.