Chulainn Mabbett-Sowerby

What are you studying?

A Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Social Policy and Māori and Indigenous Studies.

Where are you from?

I was born in Tauranga, raised in Auckland and moved back around 5 years ago. I went to Auckland Grammar for High School. I was working low-paying labouring jobs for a number of years before deciding to come to the University of Waikato.

Why did you choose the University of Waikato?

I initially wanted to study law and Waikato was the only education provider in Tauranga where that was an option.

What do you like about studying at the University of Waikato?

The Māori and Indigenous papers offered are very good, and being able to access a good education provider whilst enjoying the Tauranga/Mount lifestyle is awesome too.

What have been the highlights of your time with Waikato so far?

Having my name put forward to be a Te Toka Māori Mentor at the Tauranga campus was quite cool. I was also offered an overseas exchange opportunity and have been invited to join the Golden Key Society.

What are your hopes for the future?

On a personal level I hope to provide a better life for my family than the life I was given. On a larger scale I would like to see real policy changes made towards limiting our impact on climate change, and also policy changes surrounding health, justice and most importantly the economy.

What inspires you?

My wife and my children are my big inspirations. Also my uncle, who turned being tetraplegic into a positive by working for the UN in less developed countries. There are too many to list.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

I would like to work to some capacity in local or central government. Even more than that though, I would like to further my education and become a lecturer.