Iwi: Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Hinekura, Hāmua, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pūkaki, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pango
Qualifications: BA (Te Reo Māori/Tikanga Māori), Diploma in Audio Engineering (SAE Parnell)
In 2010 my journey here at the University of Waikato. I gained entry to the Te Tohu Paetahi specialised programme. If you are serious about learning te reo Māori then TTP is for YOU! The days were intense and full of eager students that were on the same waka as I was. You will definitely get your daily dose of te reo Māori in this programme. The lecturers were second to none and the mere thought of learning in the same classes as the Greats that came before us was inspiring to say the least! TTP was a good introduction to the way the university worked this forged a robust foundation for the years ahead. One of the big challenges for me was keeping on top of my assignments and study. Believe me there is no way around it you just have to work at it piece by piece. The 2 years after that flew by and I am now completing a Honours programme and seriously considering my Masters for 2014. In the near future I want to combine my audio skills with te taha Māori to aid in the revitalisation of our language through multi-media applications.