Te Piringa Mentoring Programmes
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law offers mentoring services to its International, Māori, and Pacific Island Students.
The international mentor is available to provide assistance to all international students studying Law.
I’m the 2016 International Student Mentor. I’m in my fourth year of study at the University of Waikato, completing a conjoint degree with Communication Studies (BCS/LLB(Hons)).
I grew up in Morrinsville, a small farming town just thirty minutes away from Hamilton. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to study overseas previously – I completed an exchange to Salt Lake City, Utah during my high school years and travelled to Surabaya, Indonesia last year as a member of Te Piringa’s delegation. I love to travel and am really interested in hearing about your experiences living and studying overseas!
I am President of WULSA this year. You are always welcome to pop in, introduce yourself and we can have a chat about how your studies are going. Get in touch if you have any questions or need advice.
You can find Kate in office LAW.G.16 or on 0800 WAIKATO ext.7606
Pacific Island Student Mentor
Aloha kakou! Talofa! Bula vinaka! Malo e lelei! Kia orana! Fakaalofa lahi atu! Ekamawir omo!
My name is Keakaokawai Varner Hemi. My roots are in La’ie, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, but I completed my LLB here at Waikato as an adult learner with a husband, kids and a mortgage so I understand the challenges of undergraduate study.
More recently, I submitted my PhD thesis which explores indigenous education rights in terms of Native Hawaiians, liberal theory and domestic and international law.
I’ve previously really enjoyed working as a PLSA tutor and the Pacific Island Mentor. This year I am here to help and look forward to getting to know our first and second year Pacific Island students.
You can find Keaka in office LAW.G.16 or on 0800 WAIKATO ext.7606
Maori Student Mentors
The Maori student mentors are trained and experienced University students and graduates who offer support and advocacy for tauira Maori on any matter. Each Mentor has been assigned to specific papers but can also answer queries in relation to any papers from Year 1-4 as well as support graduate students. The Mentors are very friendly and will provide you with the best advice they can. If you wish to see a Mentor, either visit their office hours in LAW.G.18, or email them. Our Mentors are also part of Te Whakahiapo (Maori Law Students Association), which meets every Wednesday during cultural hour in LAW.G.03.
No reira e hoa ma, kaua e whakama. Nau mai, haere mai.
I was bought up in a Maori whanau (family) surrounded by people who love me and cherish my future. My parents instilled in me the importance of working hard, staying focused and succeeding to my full potential.
Core values such as family, integrity, respect and education I have always admired. These core values have shaped me into the person I am today success-driven, people-minded and culturally sensitive.
Maori culture taught me how to work as a collective, accepting others opinions and ideas to solve problems. I am very proud to be Maori, to repre- sent my family in everything I do.
I am willing to learn new things and complete tasks out of my comfort zone. I always work to the best of my ability and take pride in completing quality work while enjoying everything I do.
I am best known around campus as “the tall guy who asks heaps of questions”. Although this description is extremely accurate, I would also have you know that I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Laws (BMS/LLB).
As a Maori Mentor I hope to be able to draw upon my experience to help students, particularly Maori students, who need assistance for whatever reason. I know exams are hard, I know the course materials booklet is a very powerful sedative, and I know how difficult it can be at times to balance your heavy workload.
Please, when and if you need support, feel free to get in touch with me.
My degrees were BMS (1st Class Hons), MMS (1st Class), LLB, and I'm currently enrolled as a PhD Student.
My tribal affiliations are Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Awa. My favourite law subjects while studying were Immigration and Family Law.
Law has so many practical applications and I love working in law and with lawyers. I also work in accounting so law also applies in this area.
I am currently finishing my PhD, with the intention of working in research and teaching. I was working as a tutor while researching for my PhD. It is something that I will be doing in 2016 as well.
I’m in my last year of studying for a conjoint degree with a Bachelor of Arts (BA/LLB(Hons)). I decided to study at Waikato University because I wanted to challenge myself and to return home with a qualification in law.
I am committed to te reo and tikanga Maori and enjoy performing kapa-haka. I enjoy a busy and balanced lifestyle. I compete at a National and international level in my chosen sports of waka-ama and white water rafting.
I have recently accepted a full-time position at Kahui Legal. One of my many highlights as a law student at Waikato University is meeting other law students who have become great friends, and will soon be my colleagues in the legal profession.
I like my position as a Maori Mentor because it gives me an opportunity to help others. I owe much of my academic success to the mentors’ support in my 1st/2nd year and I strive to do the same for you.
Tena koutou. Ko Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa me Ngai Tahu ki Murihiku nga iwi. I am in my fourth year of a conjoint degree with Bachelor of Arts BA/LLB(Hons). This summer I worked as a summer clerk for Kahui Legal in Wellington. I have also had previous clerking experience at McCaw Lewis and Preston Russell.
I am involved with Te Whakahiapo as an active member.
Outside of university you can find me chasing waves at the beach, or carving up powder on the mountain. I also play soccer socially.
I have a passion for the revitalisation of Te Reo Maori, environmental sustainability and Maori youth development.
I credit my success at university to the ongoing support and wisdom that the Maori Mentors have provided me over the last three years. I hope that as I step into this role, I too can be of assistance to other law students.