Doctor of Philosophy (Māori and Pacific Development)
Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
I came to the University of Waikato as a mature student ready to ramp up my career. I completed a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Sciences (with Honours), and a Master of Social Sciences (with Honours), and am now completing my PhD on the topic of Māori artefacts and indigenous funeral processes.
I was working in an accounting firm when my overseas employers gave me some life-changing advice; without a tertiary degree my career would stall. A desire to be close to whānau brought me to the University of Waikato, where I enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts.
I am now in the process of submitting my PhD, bringing me to the end of a nine-year education journey. I encourage other Māori to consider studying at Waikato. Studying changes your life; the world opens up, and you’re exposed to facilities, resources and possibilities that you never knew existed.
I am a current member of the Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa NZ (ASAANZ), a Research Assistant on the Tangi Research Programme (which is a collaboration between the School of Māori and Pacific Development and Māori and Psychology Research Unit, FASS), and have previously been involved with the University of Waikato Student Executive, as well as remaining actively involved with numerous Te Arawa and Tuhoe projects.